Asked on Nov 6, 2016

Suggestions for a very deep alcove

Jeanette SLau12064636Pager63
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I am doing some remodeling and can't decide what to do with this area. I want a low cost option. Preferably diy. Please help
A few facts
-My TV must go here
- My furniture will be arranged around this as the focus
- My style is " transitional/modernish with touches of farmhouse rustic"
The alcove is 32 inch deep 10 ft high
The living space ( ignore trash please. It's demo day and removing the carpet
37 answers
  • DP
    DP
    on Nov 7, 2016

    a bookcase, it will look built in, make a built in cabinet for storage, you could even put the tv in it?

  • Katie F.
    Katie F.
    on Nov 7, 2016

    Beautiful place for a built in book case. Just be sure you strategically place outlets for lights, tv, charging etc!

  • Birdz of a Feather
    Birdz of a Feather
    on Nov 7, 2016

    If it were my space, I'd make it multi purpose and hide the TV by building sliding doors up top (you would have to raise the tv connection in the wall). You could also have some storage space in that area. With the sliding door, you won't have to stare at the TV when it's not on. Then below that, I'd build a desk area between the two walls with a door as the desk top. You could clad the door with some reclaimed wood for that rustic look. I'd use a lucite chair for seating so you could still look through it and see the rustic wood of the desk. I attached a rendering to give you an idea (however, I couldn't draw in the sliding doors).

  • Paula Rader
    Paula Rader
    on Nov 7, 2016

    it took me a couple months but I found an older solid wood with glass doors entertainment center. The two sides fit perfectly together and now I have pictures in a closed cabinet on top and the photo albums and albums collected through several generations to listen to behind the bottom closed doors. NO DUSTING.

  • Con8790511
    Con8790511
    on Nov 7, 2016

    Put a bookcase-styled closed storage unit on the bottom, mount the tv on the wall and have a set of doors that cover it when not in use, which swing out and then disappear on each side of the tv. Sytorage is ALWAYS a bonus! If you have room in the underneath storage, put dvds and device paraphrenalia in there. Drawers are better than shelves in the bottom.

  • Monique R. Perello
    Monique R. Perello
    on Nov 7, 2016

    How about a multipurpose area that has: 1) a computer desk and chair at the bottom, and shelves for books at the top; or 2) a reading nook with padded love seat across the bottom, shelves at the top, and reading lights on the side walks?

    • Tneisha
      Tneisha
      on Nov 7, 2016

      I like the reading nook idea but would have to find another home for my tv so not sure. Thx for the ideas though

  • Kim Salmi
    Kim Salmi
    on Nov 7, 2016

    If you are keeping your tv there .....I could see one of those great electric fireplaces under it ..there is a outlet there so it would be a perfect set up ..you could add some small inexpensive shelves and simple bookends to the sides if you need to house a movie collection ...if not maybe just a few nice mini posters from your favorite movies : )

  • Pauline
    Pauline
    on Nov 7, 2016

    I agree with a fireplace but I would also add pallet wood on back wall. The tv could hang on the wall. I would keep it simple.

  • Lynn
    Lynn
    on Nov 7, 2016

    There are so many wallcovering options out there; maybe a faux brick or barnboard. It will add dimension and "eye candy" to the room.

  • Diane Taylor Noel
    Diane Taylor Noel
    on Nov 7, 2016

    Add floating shelves above the TV if you are not mounting it to the wall. These can be modern or rustic. Your choice?

  • Maria
    Maria
    on Nov 7, 2016

    Like the fireplace under the TV. Family photo gallery on the top and sides, or maybe a mirror on the back wall with some battery operated candles?

  • Johnchip
    Johnchip
    on Nov 7, 2016

    Keep it simple. I agree with Kim, get one of the electric fireplaces ($2-300) and put tv on it. I have that and it is perfect in any room. Paint wall a deeper shade of the color of room, as tv screen is black and you want it to all recede.

  • B J  Alexis
    B J Alexis
    on Nov 7, 2016

    I understand the idea of tv above fireplace but have always had the problem do I watch tv or look at the fireplace. If the tv is to be mounted on the wall storage could be with floating shelves above and a cabinet below. If the tv is to be on a cabinet, place shelves above and along the sides. I would paint that area one or two shades lighter or darker than the rest of the space. It is an architectural feature and I would make it stand out, though not glaringly so.

  • Marilyn Zaruba
    Marilyn Zaruba
    on Nov 7, 2016

    We have a very similar one only with a slight arch at the top. I believe ours was meant for a large TV/entertainment set up so that is what we did. We searched until we found the TV console that was almost the exact width and it looks great. I considered having a built-in custom made and then started thinking about how much that would cost (maybe $1500-$2000) so decided a $500 console was much better.

  • Mickey
    Mickey
    on Nov 7, 2016

    Home office! Desktop with shelves above for supplies. You can also add a bifold or sliding door for privacy.

  • William
    William
    on Nov 7, 2016

    I agree with B J Alexis and Marilyn. You will need someplace to store all you TV accessories. Whether in a cabinet/dresser or open shelving. A fireplace is not keeping it simple.

  • Pam McDaniel
    Pam McDaniel
    on Nov 7, 2016

    You could also make a cute reading nook.Use a tall book shelf on one side a great ajustable lamp & a comfy chair.

  • Liz W
    Liz W
    on Nov 7, 2016

    Definitely an adjustable tv mount on the wall. Floating shelves on the side walls, maybe with those painted an accent color. If tv on console, a beautiful piece tall enough to maybe use a folding saloon door above to shield tv when not in use but still see beautiful furniture tv is on.

  • Jcraw
    Jcraw
    on Nov 7, 2016

    I'm suggesting a buffet. Folks my age generally have them. Since we're downsizing or the alternative, you can find these at a huge bargain at yard sales, flea markets or thrift stores. Cabinets for booze or vases. Drawers for stuff, and since they're real wood, won't fall apart if you cut holes in back for the wiring. ,mine is obviously too formal for you, but if you like the form, sand and paint. There are a hundred different styles and woods, so there's one out there for you. They are 36"-48" tall and at least 24" deep, enough to hold tv and a great basket of something. You should be able to find one to fill your space. I'd put a fun, wide print or painting over tv to help show off the great ceiling height and diminish the impact of the tv. A large version of the painting to the right of your space

    , This is a mahogany buffet You can find in walnut pine oak whatever in traditional country or almost any style you can imagine The older ones are real wood The perfect recycle
  • Candice
    Candice
    on Nov 8, 2016

    What's behind that nook?

  • Linda Sue M
    Linda Sue M
    on Nov 8, 2016

    I agree with storage of some kind. A period buffet is a good idea. If you add a mirror (instead of the TV or accessories) & sconces, etc. it will be a focal point. Otherwise, a comfy chair & floor lamp with a picture could make a little cozy reading nook. Depends upon your other furniture arrangement...

  • Connie Gonzales
    Connie Gonzales
    on Nov 8, 2016

    you can make a mini bar out of it.

  • Nancy Heil
    Nancy Heil
    on Nov 8, 2016

    In my small house it would probably house my computer desk and computer and morph into a small office. Or a place to set up my sewing machine and supplies. You could easily hide any mess with a nice pair of drapes.

  • Caz
    Caz
    on Nov 8, 2016

    double cupboard on the bottom tv on top and rustic shelving over the top for a built in look media centre?

    • Tneisha
      Tneisha
      on Nov 8, 2016

      Yeah. I'll research how easy/hard shelves are for such a deep area.

  • Mel
    Mel
    on Nov 8, 2016

    As someone who loves to decorate affordably I'd hang it on the wall and hang long glass shelves under the tv for décor purposes.

  • Candice
    Candice
    on Nov 8, 2016

    My idea is use pallet wood to cover the back of the nook. Then hang a tv swing arm bracket to hold the tv on the wall. Add a rustic style table below the tv for any equipment/accessories etc. Check auctions for cheapest tables. Good Luck!

  • Susan
    Susan
    on Nov 8, 2016

    Bookshelves with quality books and room for some family pictures and some knick- knacks all placed above your tv.

  • LeaWiggins
    LeaWiggins
    on Nov 9, 2016

    I literally got this hutch for free the other day. I can't wait to clean it and sand and either paint it, or possibly just use some contact paper on the sides of it. For some reason the sides are really worn. Something like this would work well in that space and there is room on top for a very large flat screen TV as well. The shelving is not in this hutch but that is not a big problem. Those can be made to fit. :)

    • Jcraw
      Jcraw
      on Nov 10, 2016

      More 2 cents worth from an old lady. My guess is that the "top"of this cabinet is probably a bit lower than the "crown". When you've decided how deep this can sit in your alcove and still see the tv, get plywood, cut and stain or paint to match the cabinet, and nail this "shelf" to the top as an extension going to the back wall. This will keep the cabinet from rocking back and prevent Stuff from falling behind the cabinet. It always does.

  • Laura
    Laura
    on Nov 10, 2016

    I am not sure exactly how this would work, but perhaps hang your TV on the wall with a swing bracket, put a couple of shelves underneath for things like Blu Ray or Xboxes, etc. Then hang pocket door with a nice floor to ceiling painting to hide it all when you have guests and do not want the television to be a focus. I was thinking a barn door would really be cool. I just do not know how to logistically work that out .

    • Tneisha
      Tneisha
      on Nov 11, 2016

      Such a good idea. Not sure I have room one the left for a door to slide out though

  • MelanieF
    MelanieF
    on Nov 10, 2016

    Built in shelving-storage below with the tv above.

  • Sharon
    Sharon
    on Nov 10, 2016

    A small bar, weather it's a juice bar,tea bar, or your original bar.

  • LeaWiggins
    LeaWiggins
    on Nov 10, 2016

    I appreciate your comments however I am not the person who posted the original post about her alcove. I was just showing her a visual of a possibility. I will certainly consider what you said though. It was only a thought about the contact paper. Eventually, I probably will get a flat panel T V for it though. My son-in-law is very good with building stuff and I am going to have him look at it and advise me about the shelving. Thanks again for your comments, I do appreciate it. :)

  • Mary Wheeler
    Mary Wheeler
    on Nov 10, 2016

    http://www.hometalk.com/7954635/diy-iron-pipe... Tneshia- take a look at this link. Would be interesting to apply wood strips, use the pipe shelving and of course mount the TV to the wall. Use a big Texas star above the TV. I think that would suit your modern, industrial and somewhat rustic vibe!! Best wishes and look forward to the "after" photos!!

  • Mary
    Mary
    on Nov 10, 2016

    Paint the alcove an alternate darker or lighter color related to the color in the main room. Obtain a low , long tv type chest with drawers or open areas (could take a second hand coffee table with drawers or other long, low furniture piece and paint it, and place the big tv on top (since your plugs are low. Hang a beautiful piece of art above the tv, or other type of wall hanging to your preference, i.e plate collection, or other. You now have a focal spot.

  • Pager63
    Pager63
    on Nov 11, 2016

    Fake a built in entertainment center.

  • Lau12064636
    Lau12064636
    on Nov 11, 2016

    computer nook, book shelves, curio shelves

  • Jeanette S
    Jeanette S
    on Nov 13, 2016

    Do some thinking about what you want to put in that space and then go about hiding all of the clutter. We opened up our den by getting rid of the huge TV cabinet. We don't yet have a flat screen...we will use our old one until it dies...but we did get a new cabinet that is much smaller in depth...only 16". It is dark and all the black boxes disappear. The candy jars are still visible! And we are not fortunate enough to have a plug in the middle of that wall! You won't have that problem. This was a cabinet from a consignment shop. You can get great TV cabinets at WAYFAIR that require putting together...free shipping. I would suggest as small as you can get for your needs and use the extra space for speakers or a pretty floor vase.

    , This one does not have doors sometimes I wish it did I love it It is a family room so a candy jar is most appropriate
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