Mantle to hold DVD player

bandmomJanuary 12, 2009

I have a mantle that is just a single shelf over my fireplace, and I would like to put my new flat-screen TV over the fireplace. I'm wondering if anyone knows anything about doing that, and if there is a way to have some sort of mantle that will hold/hide the DVD player and satellite receiver--kind of like a "cabinet" or something that acts as the mantle too. I don't want all that stuff just sitting on the one I have now--it will look tacky. I also don't want to just stick them on a shelf off to the side and have all the cords hanging out everywhere. It seems that a mantle/cabinet to hold those entertainment things would be best.

Any help or info is appreciated!!

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TV placement above the fireplace is not optimal -- too high. You'll get a crinked neck from looking up at it after a while. Maybe ok in hotel lobbies, but not in a private home. Find another place.

    Bookmark   January 15, 2009 at 4:48PM
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I agree with haus proud. But if you insist on doing it, best thing is to put the DVD player and any other cable or DVR/TIVO box in a remote location with the connecting wires going through the walls (electricians can do this.) Or, I was just reading somewhere that what I just said is old technology, and now you can do these things wirelessly. However, I don't know anything more about the wireless option.

Hiding even a slim DVD player in the mantle is going to make for a mantle that's much too thick.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2009 at 2:19PM
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Try Click on portfolio. There is a white surround that has a hidden cabinet.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2009 at 4:54PM
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I've been hearing the stuff about a "crinked neck" from having a tv above the fireplace. It's just not true, unless you have a small room where you're sitting really close which makes for a steep angle to look up at the screen. I have mine above the fireplace mantel and neither my family nor any friends have complained about it. The more important consideration is the heat that is produced by the fireplace. You need to make sure that your mantle shelf sticks out from the wall at least 8". This shields the unit from the rising heat. That's also the reason that putting your DVD or any other electronics on the shelf is not a good idea. Off to the side is okay. As the other poster said, you can run wires through the walls to where your equipment is. Hope this helps.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2009 at 6:53PM
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