Of all the homes you have visited thus far, in how many of these do you spot the TV mounted on or placed against a wall? I bet most of you will say "All of them".
There are many instances where placing a TV in front of a wall is totally impossible, or less than ideal. Common reasons include a screen facing a bright open window on the opposite wall, lack of a wall which is long enough to accommodate the width of the TV or the viewing distance is simply too far off.
Nevertheless, it's surprising how few people think of placing the TV off the wall even if they encounter those situations as mentioned above. One immediately assumes plonking a large appliance in the middle of the room will block the circulation path and reveals all the wiring that goes on behind it. That's not entirely correct at all, although there are several key points to keep in mind when adopting a layout like this.
1. As equipments and components like DVD player, TV receiver and amplifier will need to be as close to the TV as possible to minimize cabling works, a cabinet to house - and preferably conceal - them will need to be planned for.
2. As most power points are located on the walls, it becomes tricky to access them when you push the TV into the middle of the room. To successfully pull the wires of those points over, a gypsum board ceiling (and a hollow post through which the wires lead into the equipment cabinet from the ceiling level) or a raised floor deck will usually be required, though you might get away with snugging the wires beneath a carpet between the seating and TV position.
3. Whether to hide the back of a TV is very much a matter of personal preference. For me, it's subjected to the treatment that I want to give the room which I'm designing. If I want a look that is more 'refined and polished', hiding the back of the TV is a good idea. In some special cases, like in this West Coast Park apartment design, I opted to expose the back of the TV in its full glory as I wanted to add a raw edge to the entire look. This will juxtaposed against the minimalistic touches and clean lines in the design.
4. If the back of the wall is to be blocked after all, a storage cabinet can act as a half-height partition to define the TV and dining areas without necessarily dividing the room, as shown in this example above.
5. When space is really limited in a room, one can consider integrating a pull-out swivel TV panel into another cabinet. This will allow the TV to be pulled out only when needed and kept away from view at other times. The swivel mechanism allows the TV to be viewed from various angles.
6. Hidden TVs using motorized lift are common in many bed designs nowadays. Based on the same idea as point 5 but more technologically advanced, the TV pops up at the press of a button when needed and hides away when one goes to sleep.