With entertainment TV mirrors the sides vary with different frame collections. This overview article explored the different side view TV concealment methods.
TV's on the Surface of the wall (non-recessed)
The example shown above is how a typical framed TV mirror on the surface of the wall would look with any frame from our Standard Frames Collection with the 1.5" universal black painted sides to cover the side view of the TV, much like a shoebox lid going over a shoebox.
The largest indicator of how close everything will be to the wall is determined by the thickness of your TV plus the thickness of your wall mount. For TV's mounted on the surface of the wall we advise looking for the thinnest possible TV and wall mount you can find. The most typical TV + Wall mount depths we see are around 2-3" in depth.
We offer different types of side depths for different frame types. The following is a summary of the side options available based on each of our frame collections.
Standard & Artisan
Side depths vary for each hardwood profile up to 3.5" deep and stained to match the face of the frame. in this image, the back of the frame is 1.25" from the wall. The framed TV mirror slides onto the TV using the L Brackets install method, or Bracket Adapter Plate, or Straps Method
Notice in these images how the Hardwood Collection of frames features matching wooden sides which extend back toward the wall. While the Hardwood Collection has fewer profiles available than the other frame collections, it's common for clients with TV's mounted on the surface of the wall to choose a frame from the Hardwood Collect due to the additional side coverage.
In most cases though, we do advise having at least 0.5" of space between the back of the frame and the wall.
While this image below is for a TV Frame only (No TV Mirror), this is a good example to show the side view of the Flat Profile from the Harwood Collection with visible white sides. While the frame in this scenario is definitely on a rather thick TV and thick wall mount, notice how the roughly 4" of space between the back of the frame and the wall, is largely concealed by the subtle shadow that the frame casts on the wall. For less shadow, we advise selecting the thinnest possible TV and thinnest wall mount you can purchase.
Below is another example of a Traditional Profile frame mounted on the surface of the wall with a frame from the Premium Hardwood Collection.
Available in a standard 1.5" or 3" universal black painted side.
"But I want my frame to cover all the way to the wall !!!"
This is a very common request which makes sense on the surface, but based on the thousands of clients we have worked with over the last decade, we can assure you this is not always the ideal solution for the following reasons:
- As a manufacturer we do not recommend having the frame extend all the way to the wall, because this can restrict the necessary airflow and ventilation for the TV to prevent overheating. We recommend leaving at least 0.5" - 1" space between the back of the frame and the wall for proper air flow.
- When the sides of the frame fully extend to the wall, the result can look like a large box stuck on the wall. Having a little space between the back of the frame and the wall is esthetically more pleasing and natural much like a large painting hanging on a wire and slightly canted away from the wall.
- This question is most commonly asked when our clients have an extreme side view from entering the room and currently they can see the wall mount and cables behind the TV. Our frame will cover the majority of this area and the remaining fraction of an inch will be hidden by the shadow cast from the sides of the frame.
Above image is based on a distance of 2.5" from the front of the TV back to the wall when used with a 1.5" side depth on the frame.
TV's Recessed Inside the Wall
If possible given your space and the construction of your wall, it's a great idea to have the TV and wall mount fully recessed inside the wall for the frame to sit fully flush to the wall as you can see here with this frame from our Premium Hardwoods Collection. Shown below is the Flat style with sides trimmed down extra shallow.
What Size Should I Make My Recess for a TV Mirror?
There can be a few different variables which will determine the size for your recess. We will work with you to help you determine what size to make your recess. Here are the details you will need to provide us with.
- The diagonal screen size of your TV
- The type of wall mount you are using (flat, tilt, swing arm) and the thickness of the wall mount.
- The type of wall construction (drywall OR stone)
Here you can review our help Budgeting & Space Planning Guide to determine the ideal recess height and width.
The depth of your recess can easily calculated:
[Depth of your TV] + [ Thickness of your TV wall mount] + 0.5"
Applicable TV Mirror Installation Methods
The above Space Planning Guide is most commonly used with our Bracket Adapter Plate install method often with a swing arm style wall mount so you can easily push the TV back into the recess for easy access in the future.
Alternatively, if you are faced with a more limited sized recess that's only slightly larger than the TV, then you may want to consider our Recessed Rails install method. Please note though that the Recessed Rails install method is NOT compatible with a swing arm style wall mount.