How to hide a TV (in a bookcase) with a drop cloth curtain | See here how to do it with a little time and effort.
Do you ever feel like your TV is a dinosaur in the room? Yeah? Well, me too! It doesn’t have to be that way though. Once you figure out how to hide a TV (in a bookcase) with a drop cloth curtain you can be happy with both your TV and your room.
We had our bookcase built specifically for a TV with the intentions of mounting the TV on the back of the bookcase. Our mount is a pull-out that tilts up and down and turns side-to-side. This enables us to pull it out and turn it to face the interior of the room. I can even position it so I can view it from our kitchen. After the TV was hung, the next step was how to hide it from view when we weren’t using it. After doing some thinking, I finally thought of how to hide a TV (in a bookcase) with a drop cloth curtain so that it wouldn’t become the unwanted focal point in the room.
Here’s how you can make a drop cloth curtain to hide your TV.
Here is a list of supplies you’ll need:
- Drop cloth – I really like this drop cloth because the only seams are on the edges. This makes it great for home interior projects.
- Tension rod – this is the tension rod I have.
- Drapery rings with clips – I have ordered these drapery rings because I couldn’t find white or cream ones at any of our local stores.
You will also need a sewing machine and some thread. If you don’t sew, however, you can get some handy Stitch Witchery® Fusible Bonding Web and use that instead of sewing it.
I gathered my supplies and talked to my good friend, Joyce. I had previously shared with her my plans for this drop cloth curtain and the fact that I gave my sewing machine away a few years back. Knowing she’s always up for a project I asked her if she’d be up to doing the sewing. I mean isn’t a project always more fun with a friend?
If you’re not a seamstress, Beth over at the Unskinny Boppy has a great tutorial on how to use the fusible bonding tape for hemming curtains. Be sure and check it out.
After measuring the opening, we (well, mostly Joyce) measured and cut out the drop cloth. We added 3 1/2 inches at the top for folding down and clipping on the drapery rings. Also, be sure and add a couple of extra inches on the sides as well to allow for a little fullness when the curtain is closed.
I folded the extra fabric at the top of the curtain down towards the back, but you could easily fold it out towards the front if you wanted to have the look of a ruffle. It just depends on the look you’re going for.
Here’s how I folded and clipped the extra fabric at the top. The double thickness reinforces the fabric which helps create the pretty pleat-like folds when the curtain is open.
The curtain looks so pretty whether it’s opened or closed. It’s so nice to be able to close the curtain and not see the TV when we are entertaining. I’m happy to have found the cream-colored drapery rings. (When I get them I’ll add a picture here so you see how they look.)
I would love to hear ways you all have hidden your TV’s. Please share below in the comments.
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