Inside an Elegant TV Install Above Fireplace

Theater Advice takes a creative approach to a common problem.

Grant Clauser · March 7, 2011

Above the fireplace is one of the most popular locations for mounting flat-panel TVs. The challenge is making a mantel-mounted TV look natural and not like an out-of-place computer monitor.

We’ve seen some very innovative approaches to fireplace TV décor, including mirror TVs and retractable art canvases, but sometimes the simplest can also be the best.

When a client came to Dallas-based Theater Advice with a request to put a 46-inch Sony LED LCD TV above the fireplace, David Huse knew he had to be creative. Instead of just mounting it directly on the wall above the mantel, Huse built a custom cavity for the TV and a wood frame painted to match the mantel area. The frame hides the TV’s bezel including the brand logo.

Related: Inside an Unconventional Mirror TV Install

To top it off, Huse networked the TV to the homeowners’ PC so family photos and artwork can be easily displayed when not watching TV or movies.

A cabinet to the right of the fireplace was also modified to hide all the components. To keep with the invisible theater theme, all the speakers were installed in the ceiling, except for the subwoofer, which sits on top of the cabinet, obscured by an artificial plant.

In addition to the TV and surround sound speakers, a four-zone Sonos multiroom music system was installed, which the homeowners control via iPhone and iPad apps.

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  About the Author

Grant Clauser is a technology editor, covering home electronics for more than 10 years for such publications as Electronic House and Dealerscope. He's done ISF-level damage to hundreds of reviewed products and has had audio training from Home Acoustics Alliance and Sencore. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email at

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