Asked 2014n Nov 09, 2014
Huge mantle alcove- help!
We have a HUGE cutout above and next to the fireplace in our livingroom. When we moved in there was no outlet up top and I believe the previous owners had the television in the lower alcove. We'd like to have the television up top so we ran cable and a power outlet up to the top. Now I don't know how to create storage for the components what not to allow some mantle space for design.
The television looks seriously dwarfed here, but it is a 37". We will upgrade to a little bigger eventually, but even then it will only take up half the space. The television can go on either side. The alcove is very deep (3ft. or so).
I would like to build a shelf halfway or 2/3 up in the lower alcove to allow for toy and blanket bins on the bottom and then more storage above. I was thinking of placing or building some small shelving up top next to the television to hide components and run all the wiring behind and then still have space for some decorative items on the wall behind and on top of the shelving. I am just not sure how to work this very very large space. It is overwhelming.