Asked on Dec 26, 2016

I need help mounting flat screen over my fireplace please!

by A
I want to mount my 55" flat screen from the ceiling, but give the illusion that it is mounted on the brick. I plan to run the electric/cables from the attic above. I want it to look clean and sleek. Any suggestions? Thanks for your help.
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  30 answers
  • A A on Dec 26, 2016
    Thanks. I've seen these, but I really don't want to see a pole hanging down from the ceiling. If I have to go this route, I'll use a white pole so it blends in with the brick a little better.

  • Pat11183342 Pat11183342 on Dec 27, 2016
    Thats a lot of weight to support , so choose wisely. If it were me trying to pull this off, I'd put something above the TV to hide the supports such as a shelf/cubby or a picture with supports behind.
    Though looking at your pic again, you really can add a beefier mantal (could be wood made to look like matching brick, which would keep the stream line /clean look) if done correctly could hide and support a large TV, but I would hire a professional for this, unless someone in your family has these kind of skills.
    While I've never used a TV wall mounting bracket, I'm sure it can be anchored using cement bolts. Than just paint the cables and cords white and use White caulk to hold in place at grout line.ost people don't look at small details, but see the total area and the brain reads it as of one. Think of a painting, normally you don't look at each brush stroke, but interp the painting as a whole.
    I hope this gets you started.

  • A A on Dec 27, 2016
    Good points! Thank you.

  • Larry Larry on Dec 27, 2016
    First not the best place for a TV. As you sit you will be looking up all the time. Do you like to sit in the front row at the movies? Then you have the heat and soot from the fireplace, not the best for electronics.

    That said, I would use stainless steel (you can paint them white) cables to hang it from the ceiling. You can also use an electric wintch to lower the TV to the proper more comfertable height. Just not when you have a fire going on :)

  • A A on Dec 27, 2016
    Never thought about using cables. Interesting.

  • Sam Sam on Dec 27, 2016
    it is unadvisable to mount a TV on top of a fire place

  • Flt14790411 Flt14790411 on Dec 27, 2016
    get a device called mantle mount. It can pull forward AND down. Great device

  • Judith Judith on Dec 27, 2016
    As you can see, our fireplace is just like yours, but, I could never sacrifice my mantle for a TV. Sorry I'm no help.

  • A A on Dec 27, 2016
    I don't have a mantle and I refuse to put holes in the brick...I was hoping for an alternative solution; otherwise I'll just go without the TV.

  • Debra S Debra S on Dec 28, 2016
    Is this a working fireplace? That you use? Heat and electronics do NOT MIX. I would not put the TV above a real used fireplace, period.

    • Nadine Nadine on Dec 30, 2016
      I have read several comments on Hometalk about heat and electronics. I have had my TV mounted over my fireplace for years and never had an issue. But then again, I live in Texas and only use my fireplace a few times a year.

  • Donna Holland Donna Holland on Dec 28, 2016
    We bought a wall mount system from WalMart . Hubby mounted a 3/4" piece of plywood to Stone and then wall mount system to it and hung our 55". Works great and has been there since July 2014. Fireplace is elect. and we don't use it very much as we are in South Texas but so far no problems.

  • Donna Holland Donna Holland on Dec 28, 2016
    I meant to include a picture so you could see.

  • A A on Dec 28, 2016
    Gorgeous. I love that idea.

  • Sam Sam on Dec 29, 2016
    who wants to ruin a beautiful fire place by putting a tv above it i'll never understand. seems like you'd want something more attractive than that over the fireplace.
    I think its too bad that people do this. it ruins the atmosphere of a room.
    a tv should be put someplace else.
    its too bad people think this is the only option they have.

    • Glenda Glenda on Dec 31, 2016
      Gosh, it is her house. Seems like she can put the TV where she wants.

  • A A on Dec 29, 2016
    I appreciate your perspective, and even share it somewhat. Unfortunately, this house is considerably smaller than my last and the living space is limited. I am still trying to work out other options, but in the end, I will be living here and not putting atmosphere above practicality. Thankfully, there are many constructive ideas provided on this forum - which is why I posted here.

    • Sam Sam on Dec 30, 2016
      is there an opposite corner that can house your tele?
      looks like a fairly large room from the pic. we have a home that is only 1300 sq feet. we found a corner our tv sits in and when not in use is disguised as a corner hutch. *but is not.
      it frees up other space, and does not take a way from our fire place area.
      which is pretty small compared to yours. sometimes atmosphere can add to the living.
      hope you find a solution!

  • Lori Vicknair Lori Vicknair on Dec 30, 2016
    Why do people feel the need to state their assinine opinion(s) here about why they wouldn't hang a TV above their fireplace when all you ask for is ideas from those who have their TVs above their fireplaces???? Excuse me Mrs. Big House but some of us live in tighter quarters and hanging our TVs above our fireplaces is the most sensible option. Besides it's the best option in my home because my small living room is a rectangular shape and the fireplace sits in the corner of the room on the opposite side of the room

    • Nadine Nadine on Jan 02, 2017
      Completely agree. I have seen people complaining about the height affecting their necks and or the fireplace heat causing damage to the TV. I have had my TV mounted over my fireplace for years and never had any issues with my neck while watching the TV nor any damage done to the TV.

  • Lori Vicknair Lori Vicknair on Dec 30, 2016
    From the only way the furniture can be placed

  • Skofzmom Skofzmom on Dec 30, 2016
    So many people mount TVS over their fireplaces which I disagree with. You are constantly tilting your head upwards to watch and eventually this will cause neck pain and headaches. TVS should be at eye level to ease pressure on your neck.

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    • Sam Sam on Jan 04, 2017
      see.... i'm not the only one that thinks hiding a tv is a bad thing when you have such a beautiful fire place! if you did this, you could have something lovely on that wall and not loose the feel of the room w a black rectangle on that light fire place!

  • Nadine Nadine on Dec 30, 2016
    I brought a wall mounted TV bracket on Amazon and love it. It was so simple to install. Here is the link.

  • Susan Susan on Jan 01, 2017
    I Don't think anyone was being critical or rude to be honest. She asked for help and advice and that's what they gave. for those that don't know this you should never ever drill holes into your chimney because of the gases you can die from that so just a little drill holes into your chimney because of the gases you can die from that so just a little advice on that. I know that's not what she wants to do her ideas smarter. But I think the advice and thoughts that everyone gave was good. doing something like this needs to be very well-thought-out so ma'am take all the advice you can get before doing it

  • A A on Jan 01, 2017
    Good thought, but you are looking at the only two usable corners in the room. The opposite end is actually in the dining area. I don't want to block the windows with the television and I don't have a lot of room for a bulky tv stand. I think I have found another wall to work I am trying to figure out how to make it happen. Thank you.

  • Linda Linda on Jan 01, 2017
    Thanks for asking. You had all kinds of comments some good some pretty out spoken but don't let it get to you. It is your home so you can do it anyway you want. None of them have to look at it. Just what ever you decide to do just make sure it is a safe way to do it. Don't need you getting fumes from the fire place and you dropping over. Good Luck and Happy New Year.

  • A A on Jan 02, 2017
    Thanks. My intention was never to drill into the fireplace. I love the white tile and wouldn't want to mar it in any way...especially for a television. There have been some great ideas here and I am looking into several of them. Not to worry, I will certainly do my homework as I only want to do this once.

  • Tina Tina on Jan 02, 2017
    Just to add, I know of first hand-experience that mounting the tv above a fireplace (which you use) can damage the tv, all the heat does not go up the chimney.

  • A A on Jan 03, 2017
    Thank you for sharing your experience. It is not my plan to mount the tv directly to the fireplace.

  • A A on Jan 03, 2017
    Thank you. Your explanation was clearly stated. I agree with you that the mechanics of installing into the brick will not create much of a problem. It's just not my intention to do that.