There’s something really relaxing about having a room in your home that is designed to give people a way to lounge around and watch something. During the winter, it’s hard to beat the coziness that comes with watching a crackling fire in a living room fireplace. In the summer, your TV room is probably your go-to place.
If you have a fireplace in your living room, chances are that you’ve considered placing a TV there as a way to turn it into a year-round place to get cozy and watch something enjoyable. It’s a great idea, and it can help make your living room a far more popular location. Obviously, this has led to a trend of people putting televisions above fireplaces.
There’s always a snag, though. In this case, it’s a question: where does the cable box go? Putting your cable box under your TV or on the floor isn’t always doable in situations where you have a fireplace. In fact, if you try the old-fashioned route of placing it on the floor, you might burn it.
Want to Hide Your Cable Box? We Got Some Ideas
Let’s just face it. Cable boxes aren’t exactly fashionable-looking. They’re actually rather ugly. So, the question starts to become more of an issue of hiding and placing the darn thing. Aggravating, right?
Like with many aspects of home design, there are a couple of ways you can handle it. This list can help you make the best decision for your home…
Quick Ideas on Cable Box Placement
1. You can put it on the mantle if your mantle is wide enough. If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace that has a wide mantle, it could be possible to put the cable box right underneath your television. However, the vast majority of fireplaces don’t have this option. So, don’t feel bad if yours isn’t that large.
2. Another option is to have cables run to a cable box in another room. Many houses split the use of one cable box through multiple rooms. Running cables into another room, such as an AV closet, can be a good way to go about it.
The best way to make the cable clutter minimal is to tie them together and have them run down the mantle, along the corner of the room, to the cable box. Among cable installers and interior designers, this is known as a “home run” solution.
3. Some homeowners simply tie their cable box to the back of their televisions. If you are good with tools and are okay with having your TV protrude a little, this can be a viable option. This is an especially smart move if you are using a swivel wall mount for your TV.
It’s worth noting that this only works if you have a coaxial feed at the TV, or if you happen to have a much smaller than average cable box.
4. Placing your cable box on a nearby shelf is another option. Though this isn’t the most aesthetic look, it’s usually the easiest. Just install a shelf next to your television and plop the cable box there. Ta da, you got a new cable shelf. This makes accessing your cable box easy, but might make your room look a little cluttered.
5. You can also hide your cable box behind some decorations on a nearby shelf, if you need to. Love the idea of having your cable box close to your TV, but hate the idea of actually seeing the box? We get it. It happens. That’s why it might make sense to hide it behind some decorations like a painting or photo.
6. If you are tech-savvy and have “wired cable,” you might just want to invest in an RF transmitter for your cable. Most people don’t realize this, but there are products out there that make it possible to enjoy cable and convert a wired cablebox into a wireless one. You just need to install an RF transmitter and receiver onto your box and TV, respectively.
7. There’s also something to be said about wireless cable. We all know that cable tends to cause, well, cable clutter. It’s in the name. What you might not be aware of is that there are wireless cable boxes out there. If you have one of these, then figuring out where to put the cable box isn’t going to be an issue since you could put it anywhere you want.
8. You might also want to give the idea of ditching cable for streaming a spin. Streaming services like Hulu, Netflix, or even Amazon Video are a thing. Streaming isn’t the way it used to be, where you had to stick with just having “a la carte” shows. You can, in fact, subscribe to cable and live TV through them.
All you really need in order to steam live TV from these kinds of services is to have a Chromecast and some Wi-Fi. A Chromecast is the side of an Apple mouse, is easy to install, and can just dangle off the TV.
So, maybe it’s not a question of where you should put the cable box as much as it is a question of whether you need it at all.