Not Your Typical Man Cave: Family Rooms with the Ultimate TV Cabinet

College football season will officially begin tonight.  And I know many of my Texas friends are getting ready to watch their Aggies play in Columbia, South Carolina.  What is the most important aspect of football season when not attending the game?  Why, the perfect location to watch the game at home, and that TV location is of utmost importance.  Most of our TV's are placed either above the fireplace or in a TV cabinet.


I have posted on the ultimate man cave several times (here & here), but many of us do not have a designated area for you or your man to watch your beloved team other than the family room.   Large TV's are becoming pre-requisites for family rooms these days.  The location of those TV's is something that is discussed early on in the design phase of new construction.  Often times we see them mounted above a fireplace or in a custom built-in cabinet or in a piece of furniture.

Donna's Blog: FAmily Room TV Cabinets | Bennett Frank McCarthy Architects, Inc.


Today let's look at designing a custom built-in cabinet to house that large TV.  Other than TV location, size does matter.  Ask any man!  Size of the room and size of the TV determines the overall size and design of the built-in cabinet.  Design the built-in cabinet to be the focal point in the room; it's the perfect piece to be the star!  Also, when designing the area the TV is located in the cabinet, build in a false back so the TV itself does not sit too far back in the cabinet--make it as close to flush to the front of the cabinet.  There are several factors to consider when designing the ultimate TV cabinet.

TV: Hidden or Not

Donna's Blog: Family Room TV Cabinet | Divine Kitchens LLC


Storage: AV equipment & movies

Donna's Blog: Family Room TV Cabinet | Clifton Leung Design Workshop -


Display Accessories:


Location: Fireplace, Corner, Wall

Donna's Blog: Family Room TV Cabinet | Crisp Architects


Donna's Blog: Family Room TV Cabinet | Photographers RUDA Photography



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