See in this post how to do hide a TV using a drop cloth with a little time and effort.

Flat screen TV behind a drop cloth curtain


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.

Flat screen TV behind a drop cloth curtain

We had our bookcase specifically built for a TV with the intentions of mounting the TV on the back of the cabinet. Our mount is a pull-out that tilts up and down and turns side-to-side. This feature 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 we hung the TV, 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 conceal the TV so that it wouldn’t become the unwanted focal point in the room.

How To Hide A TV (In A Bookcase) With A Drop Cloth Curtain

Here is a list of supplies you’ll need:

  • Drop cloth – I 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.

Flat screen TV behind a drop cloth curtain

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 sewing the curtain panel. 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 we have the curtain 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.

Flat screen TV behind a drop cloth curtain

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.

Flat screen TV behind a drop cloth curtain

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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Pinterest graphic of a bookcase with a hidden tv covered by a hanging drop cloth curtain.


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  1. Yay for good old drop cloth fabric! Always amazed at how versatile it is, and how good it looks! Using it to hide the tv was a great idea. Looks so nice in your house.

    1. Kim at Serving Up Southern says:

      Thanks, Joyce! Drop cloth really is so versatile. I’ve seen it used in so many ways. I love the way the curtain looks hanging on the bookcase. Thanks for taking part in this project! ;)

  2. Omgoodness this is the BEST idea to easily hide a TV!! I am planning a laundry room freshening project and have been looking for a way to hide our exposed water heater (it is inside a closet/pantry area but is visible). This idea will work perfectly and still allow access to the water heater if we need to get to it! Now I can’t wait to start that project! When I post about it, I will be sure to link back to you :). It will be couple of months before I get to it! Pinned to my Farmhouse Laundry Room board. :) Thanks for the idea Kim! Your TV never looked better!

    1. Thank you so much, Cindy! Don’t you love all the things you can do with dropcloths? Thanks for linking back (when you get around to the project) and for pinning!

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