As televisions have evolved from large, bulky tube models into sleek, flat panel devices you can hang on a wall, many people have taken to framing their televisions to disguise their presence in the home. For people who feel the television set is an eyesore or disrupts the flow and decor of a room, framing offers a unique and inconspicuous way to hide the set, or maybe even fool a few guests into believing it's a part of your art collection.
The market for television frames is expanding quickly, and flat panel owners can buy frames of varying sizes and styles: from simple and contemporary designs to high-end reproductions of classic museum pieces. Owners can even have a glass panel inserted in front of the TV, which appears to be a mirror when the set is off, but is completely transparent when the set is turned on.
Television frames can be an attractive addition to your home, and a clever disguise for an unwelcome eyesore One of the benefits to framing your flat panel is that you have a wide array of cusotm options available to you. You may select from black lacquer moudlings or brushed nickel and pewter for a contemporary environment, or match wood tones and textures from your furnishings, or even choose an ornate gold leaf frame for a formal, traditional room. Check out www.framemytv.com or www.gizmodo.com to see examples of available framing options for your television.
If framing your flat panel TV sounds like a good idea for your home-be prepared, these frames can be costly. A good frame can start at around $400, and prices increase steadily from there, a higher-end model can cost you into the thousands. With the idea beginning to catch on, expect more choices and more competitive pricing in the future.
In the meantime, if you’re looking for something truly special and one-of-a-kind, the renowned Eli Wilner and Company frame gallery can design for you a reproduction of a classic American or European frame in the range of $20,000 to $50,000. Or, for a true period frame, you can expect to pay anywhere from $30,000 to $250,000 depending on frame size and complexity.
After considering the cost of framing your television, if you still decide to go down this path, here are some tips to consider when choosing a frame for your TV:
1.) Since television frames are a large expense, decide on your price range first. If you know how much you want to spend or are willing to spend on the frame, this will help you narrow down your options and determine what frame style will be best for you.
2.) Consider the placement of the frame. Will you be hanging this in a more formal living room? Or will it be placed in a casual family room or bedroom? Whatever the location, the frame should reflect the atmosphere of the space. Having a set location for the frame will also help you narrow down your options.
If you are considering moving the television from one room to another, choose a neutral frame that will fit in, in either location.
3.) Size matters! Carefully measure the size of the space you want the frame to go in. Remember, although you know the size of your TV, mouldings can be very wide and will add several inches to the outside of the TV. The last thing you want is to spend several hundred dollars on a frame that is too large to fit in the desired location.
4.) Ultimately, you should choose a frame style that compliments both your home and your style. If you are framing the TV to disguise it, don’t choose a frame that will stand out and draw unwanted attention to it. The frame should blend in with the rest of your décor, and look like it belongs there.
5.) Consult an expert in this area for guidance. Remember, you will need to select frames with enough depth to encompass the flat panel, so even from the side the electronics are hidden.
Framing your flat panel television can be a great way to turn an out-of-place television set into an attractive part of your décor. However, the cost of this transformation can be quite high. Before running out and buying a frame for your flat panel TV, investigate all of your options. Look in stores and online for media stands made specifically for flat panel televisions, and ask if the company you purchased your television from offers any options for mounting or framing your television for you. You can also consult a reputable local picture framer and ask if they have experience in this area.