The Elephant in the Room: Integrating Technology in to The Architecture of Your Home

February 15, 2017

Sometimes it feels like the television has usurped the hearth as the emotional center of the home, but that doesn't mean it needs to be in the physical center of the room. If you are looking for ways to put the television in its place, we have provided some guidelines below.

Follow recommendations for mounting height - in inches, above the finished floor.

  • Family / Living Room / Study / Library 48"
  • Kitchen 60”
  • Bar / Exercise Room 72”

Follow rules of thumb for distance from the TV. For a 1080p HD TV, it is 1.5 to 2.5 times the diagonal size of the TV, in inches. New 4K Ultra HD TV manufacturers suggest sitting closer to appreciate the detail - 1.0 to 1.5 times the diagonal.

Leave a 2” gap between the edge of the TV and the surrounding millwork if you are planning to recess your TV in a kitchen cabinet to maintain proper ventilation.

Allow the hardware to do the heavy lifting and take advantage of all the various mounting options on the market. Maximize your wall space by mounting your TV in the ceiling, in the floor, or behind artwork.  There are a variety of motorized mounts, including fold down, lift up, drop down and swivel.

Take advantage of switchable glazing technology.  Dielectric or “smart” glass allows televisions to go more places, including behind the bathroom mirror – handy for checking the weather while getting ready in the morning.  Several manufacturers now offer “vanishing” TVs that can stand in as a decorative mirror when the TV is not in use.  Depending on the manufacturer and the technology they use, there will be trade offs in performance, either in television brightness or mirror reflectivity.

 

Manufacturer Links:

Auton Motorized Systems 

Chief 

Future Automation 

Hidden Vision 

Peerless

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