You finally bought that flat-screen TV that you were dreaming about. You mount it on the wall and although the TV is great, somehow it does not look quite like you envisioned it. Now that you got rid of the bulky cabinet you are dealing with an unforeseen challenge, where do you go with the cables?
So you called a guy who knew a guy and they put in some trunking. It is looking a bit better, but still not what you hoped for. So you spoke to your friend who is a bit of a designer she helped you with some clever paint work to camouflage it a bit. It is looking much better, but surely it can look better than that? Can't it?
The "me, my friend and that guy" Look
But what are the alternatives?
Two alternatives that are used other than just neatening up the cables and nailing it to the wall, are to either use the Chase & Plaster method or the Flush Wall approach. Here are some pros and cons about both methods:
1) The Chase & Plaster method
The Chase & Plaster method requires you to take a grinder and cut out a grove out of the brick wall. In the grove you place the plastic pipe where you pull the cabling into. This is call chasing the wall. The good thing about this method is that if it is done properly you can get a great look where the flat-screen TV extends from the wall without any cabling visible at all. This method works great if you are already planning where the TV will be while you are building your home, or when doing renovations to your place before you move into your home. It is definitely not recommended if you are already living in your home. The grinder will throw dust everywhere unless the contractor doing the work has a very specific grinder that are especially designed for chasing walls. Believe me, if they use a normal grinder the fine dust will get into the air no matter how hard you try to contain it. It will get everywhere! Dust is also known to be one of the worst enemies to any electronic equipment, so this is really not a good idea if you love your electronics, couches and carpets. You also run the risk that the plasterer afterwards will not do the greatest job. You can get away with it in a general run of the mill type home, but in a high-end home this will be an eyesore.
2) The Flush Look
The Flush Look method is what you are after in high-end homes and will find in your more expensive hotels. The key is to extend the wall with a false wall. In the picture above the walls on the side as well as behind the TV are false walls that extends from the real wall. This allows not only for the TV to be flush with the wall, but also allows for the cables to be pulled through the falls wall and be hidden out of site between the falls wall and the real wall. This might be outside of your DIY skills, but definitely can be done and it looks great.
The picture used for the Flush Look example is incidentally also taken in a room where the TV are positioned above a fire place, the same as in the "me, my friend and some guy" method. What a difference!
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