TVs play an important role in our lives: they keep us entertained. Maybe we are watching a cooking show in our kitchen, or following along with our favorite sitcom in the living room, either way we spend a lot of time with our TVs. Wherever you have a TV mounted (the kitchen, living space, bedrooms, entertainment rooms, or all!), they all have one thing in common: the need for good design. Think about it, we need space for cords, the dvr, game consoles, dvd player, speakers, remotes, and much more. As we typically design kitchens and baths, some of our clients like to go beyond that and tie in other rooms so the design stays consistent. Here is a list of our top 6 things to keep in mind when designing your TV unit:


Scale matters, especially if you have a small TV and large scale furniture to support it. It’s going to look disproportionate. Having your TV unit drawn up to scale with the actual TV size is a good idea. This way, you have a visual of what it will look like before making any purchases.

Open shelves or Cabinets

Having a few open shelves or open cabinets is a nice way to show off your library of books or collection of décor. This helps to “cozy” up your TV unit, especially since it’s one of the most popular rooms in the home.

Concealed Cabinetry

This is a must! Concealed cabinetry will hide anything you will not want on display. No one wants to see cords, DVD boxes, and other eyesores when watching TV. Concealed cabinetry also allows for other storage, such as: family albums, CDs, DVDs, and other miscellaneous items. This kitchen TV unit display is a great way to include concealed cabinetry in the design.


Although not a necessity, if you have the space, a variety of open cabinetry/shelves and concealed cabinets creates a nice balance of design. This allows you to hide things you want to hide and show things you want to show off! This TV unit displays a great way to show off décor while also concealing any miscellaneous items.

Think Depth

Don’t forget about depth. Be sure to measure things such as the DVR and DVD players. If these are to be concealed, we need to be sure they will fit inside the cabinets. This TV unit design has thought out depth and the result is showing that no eyesores are on display!

Material Selection

When you have an open plan, such as a kitchen open to the living space, it is nice to tie the materials together. This helps to create a united and thought-out look. The material options are endless, anywhere from a traditional look to modern, and we can help you narrow it down. Check out this amazing 20’s style TV unit that is coordinated with the kitchen style.