Hide The TV Cabinet With This Budget-Friendly DIY

3 Materials
20 Minutes

Cover an unsightly black tv screen, brighten a room, and hide the tv cabinet with this budget-friendly DIY.

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One of the first things every new homeowner thinks about when designing a family room is “Where do I put the TV?”

For many of us then, the follow up question is “How do I make it as inconspicuous as possible?”

I, for one, do not want the focal point of my main living space to be a piece of technology, nor do I love the aesthetic of large black rectangles.

So, I came up with the simplest of solutions that works beautifully for any tv cabinet and also functions to lighten up a room!

Hide The TV Cabinet With This Budget-Friendly DIY


When we first bought this house I had a terrible time figuring out how where to put the tv.

In the end, we decided to build a corner tv cabinet to maintain the open footprint of the room as much as possible.

While building it into the corner did make the room feel larger, we left the tv cabinet uncovered, leaving that large unsightly black screen exposed.

So . . . my solution?

Cafe curtains!

Hide The TV Cabinet With This Budget-Friendly DIY

1. Measure the width of the tv cabinet opening.

Prior to buying a cafe curtain rod and the curtains you need to know exactly the width that will require covering.

In our case, the opening was 44 inches (our TV is a 42″ screen).

Hide The TV Cabinet With This Budget-Friendly DIY

2. Attach the 2 cafe rod brackets to the ceiling of each cabinet corner.

I used this cafe rod and brackets to attach the curtains.

Hide The TV Cabinet With This Budget-Friendly DIY

3. Slide the curtains onto the rod.

Just another reminder to measure TWICE.

Make sure the length and width of the curtains will sufficiently hide the tv cabinet opening.

Hide The TV Cabinet With This Budget-Friendly DIY

4. Hang the curtain rod!

And voila!

Cheap. Easy. Efficient.

Hide The TV Cabinet With This Budget-Friendly DIY


Before and After Transformation

What do you think? Here are the curtains, and this is the rod I used.

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  • Cindy Madeline Bates Cindy Madeline Bates on Oct 03, 2021

    Thank you! My husband, in his infinite wisdom, cut a 60” wide hole in our living room wall! For his TV! I’ve been looking for a way to “hide it” when it’s not in use! I’m going to measure it now, to make sure!

  • Mindy Mindy on Oct 04, 2021

    Very nice. It does dress up the room to have the screen covered.🍁