Hidden Game Room Television

Twitter gets a bad rap for limiting discussion by forcing you to communicate in tiny snippets of text. However, you can still occasionally get some helpful information in even this restricted conversational medium. For example, we read an article from @ThisOldHouse recently linked by @omnimount. It gives instructions for wall mounting a TV. What struck us as interesting was this bit:

“Building codes don’t permit TV power cords to be buried in the wall, so you’ll want to use a system like the PowerBridge shown here. This two-piece receptacle kit comes wired to safely hide the cord and A/V cables behind the drywall and pick them up at the base of the wall near your signal and power source.”

Basically, you have to cut into your drywall if you want to hide the power cord. From the PowerBridge manufacturer’s description, it looks like you also need a little electrical wiring savvy to make this work, “The power inlet and outlet plates connect via standard Romex® in-wall electrical wire (not included) for a professional-looking installation and less cable clutter.”

Is That Right?
We tweeted OmniMount to ask for more information about the rules for building TV cords into the wall. They verified that it’s actually only the power cord that can’t be built in (probably because the high voltage wiring could be a fire hazard). Even then, this varies depending on state and local ordinances. However, you could build in speaker wiring or signal receivers if you wanted to since that stuff is low voltage. It’s not surprising that many homeowners hire a professional to install their wall mounted TV. What seems like it should be a simple job (find the studs and attach the mount) can turn into quite a project if you don’t want unsightly cables and cords dangling from the wall.

In contrast, a TV mounted on a lift in one of our cabinets really is an easy mounting job. All you have to do is attach the flat screen to the universal mounting bracket and plug in the cords. They are already discretely hidden in the interior of the cabinet. So, you won’t be cutting any holes in your wall, hooking up electrical wiring or worrying about building codes!