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Old 19 March 2009, 12:33 AM   #1
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Default Avi's "Floating TV Wall Build"

I'm basically copying a floating wall idea i have seen on another forum with a few very minor differences. First i built my lounge in Google sketchup, and played around with some ideas and different sized cabinets. This is an absolutely awesome FREE program, and you can download pre-made pieces of furniture. Loads of the big name furniture shops stuff is allready on there as 3D clipart.

http://sketchup.google.com/



Here's the lounge as i began last week with the lovely mid nineties original fire and deco.



Got the cabinets from IKEA for 78 each and had a test fit to get an idea of dimensions and where i was going to mount the TV. Also an opportunoty to test some of the Suede Effect paint i'm considering using



Fire Ripped out, and Gas sealed off. Flue hole patched from the inside with thermalite block.

You can start to see the swiss cheese in the dry lining to feed cables for additional spot lights above the tv, some feature lighting around the tv wall, and also to feed speaker wires overhead to the rears.



Also note dodgy artex, cos that's the last you'll see of it

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Old 19 March 2009, 02:08 PM   #2
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Old 19 March 2009, 02:16 PM   #3
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My Dad's mate has scraped the ceiling and given it a lovely smooth new coat of plaster.



You can also just about make out that part of the dry wall has been removed to allow the cantilever Plasma mount to be mounted direct to the breezeblock behind. Studwork is underway!

Apologies for the crap quality Phone photos!

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Old 19 March 2009, 11:02 PM   #5
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Unfortunately i've not got pics of the stud wall being built but it's basically just a wooden frame with 2 sheets of mdf screwed to it . The timber frame is fixed straight through the drywall into the thermalite blocks.



Countersunk screws and gap between boards filled and roughly sanded. A good coat of trade undercoat to seal the MDF. There's probably going to be quite a few coats of filler and paint to get the finish i want.

Starting to take shape now!

Not sure if the kitchen worktop tv will be staying.. can't seem to get very good picture!. I might replace it with my Panasonic 42" Plasma at some stage.





And when fully flush aginst the wall:


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Old 19 March 2009, 11:06 PM   #6
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Got these remote controlled dimmers for throughout the house

http://www.tlc-direct.co.uk/Products/VLIS1403.html



Just need someone who's not colour blind to be with me when i fit them

And here's the ropelight for the feature wall which it will dim.



1.95 a metre - bargain from TLC

http://www.tlc-direct.co.uk/Manufact...e_Rope_Lights/

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Old 20 March 2009, 09:19 AM   #7
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Quality. Keep the updates coming. Should look great when its finished.

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Old 20 March 2009, 09:51 AM   #8
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Looking good!

I had a go at something similar myself - pictures here
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Old 20 March 2009, 10:04 AM   #9
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Looking good!

I had a go at something similar myself - pictures here
Ahh yes.. i've admired yours in the past over at AV Forums!! As you can probably tell mine's heavily influenced by Groove's over on there.

I was debating whether to do a false chimney, but in the end decided that the floating wall would suit my smallish room a bit better
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Got these remote controlled dimmers for throughout the house

3 Gang 2 Way 400w IQ Master Remote Touch Dimmer Switch - Brushed Chrome

I've gradually been changing stuff around the house to these Home Easy - SAVE your environment!!! (RF not infra-red ) and will eventually have one of these RFXCOM RF equipment for Home Automation for controlling the whole flippin lot from a PC/Media Centre
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I've gradually been changing stuff around the house to these Home Easy - SAVE your environment!!! (RF not infra-red ) and will eventually have one of these RFXCOM RF equipment for Home Automation for controlling the whole flippin lot from a PC/Media Centre
I considered the Home easy stuff, but it works on it's own particular RF so didn;t appear to be compatible with most RF remotes. I also considered X10, but they are all pig ugly! I'm happy with the Varlight IR system for the time being, and can control it from my laptop. They are very sensitive and can pick up IR reflected off walls, so i can control them without even beingable to see them

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Old 20 March 2009, 11:39 AM   #12
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I was debating whether to do a false chimney, but in the end decided that the floating wall would suit my smallish room a bit better
That sounds like a good decision - both look equally good I think, it's all in the detail.
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Old 20 March 2009, 12:16 PM   #13
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A Quick test fit of the feature lights



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Love it
Does the rope light come with a plug on it or do you buy that seperately?
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Does the rope light come with a plug on it or do you buy that seperately?
http://www.tlc-direct.co.uk/Products/DT613slashCK.html

The plug comes seperately for 2.95 this includes a cap for the other end of the lights. You can cut the ropelight yourself. I bought 8 metres, but have now cut it to make a 5metre length. The remaining 3 metres, i will buy another plug for and use it somewhere else. It's top quality stuff too.. not just fairy lights! 20 well spent!
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Looks good , not to sure on the rope light thought to be honest, I do like how it shines through the gap where the wall mount and thus surrounds the tv, but around the top and sides it would be a bit much for me.

Will follow this though with interest though as we are re decorating and im having a 50" screen so need to sort out furniture etc
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Looking good!

I had a go at something similar myself - pictures here
That looks stunning mate, pity I went and shoeed the wife looks like the livingromm is in for a bit off work soon !!!

couple off things ??

1/ take it you have an access flap to enable you to get at the back off the tv etc should this be needed ??

2/ the lighting for around the tv, you say Ikea ?? remember how much and does it come as four strips to go around the four edges off the tv or just two ie top / bottom off the set ??

again thou lovely, any other real nice set ups similar to yours you know off that you could link ??
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again thou lovely, any other real nice set ups similar to yours you know off that you could link ??
Have a look here mate, this is where i got the idea

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1/ take it you have an access flap to enable you to get at the back off the tv etc should this be needed ??

2/ the lighting for around the tv, you say Ikea ?? remember how much and does it come as four strips to go around the four edges off the tv or just two ie top / bottom off the set ??
No access flap needed, the bracket allows you to gain access to the back of the tv. It's also only a two minute job to take the tv off the bracket if you need unfettered access.

The lights are Dioders from Ikea, comes in 4 strips and costs 50 for the multicoloured ones.

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Been a bit busy, but as you can see it's nearly finished

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Been following this with interest..love it
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Old 07 April 2009, 07:21 PM   #23
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Looks good.

I'm suprised how many people have those Ikea cabinets. They look good but won't fit a decent AV amp as the shelves are too narrow
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Looks good.

I'm suprised how many people have those Ikea cabinets. They look good but won't fit a decent AV amp as the shelves are too narrow
I've seen some people who have removed one of the drawers and used it to house an Amp.
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Ah, the old "Groove's" floating wall

Have to admit i used some of the setup for mine

Re the amps, yes they are a tight fit, and could possibly do with a tad more clearance. it gets slightly warm

i might remove the lower feet, to give it a tad more clearance..

The Besta Jagra units are nice, but they use bloody thin veneer!!!


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Ah, the old "Groove's" floating wall
Indeedy.. Groove has been helping me out over on the AVforums
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Looks a stunning set-up. At first I thought the TV would sit in the aperture, but am I right in saying the mount sits recessed and the TV will be proud of the surround ? I thought the aperture looked too small given the size of the feature, and I think a 50" would be a minimum there, maybe look at a 60"
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Looks a stunning set-up. At first I thought the TV would sit in the aperture, but am I right in saying the mount sits recessed and the TV will be proud of the surround ? I thought the aperture looked too small given the size of the feature, and I think a 50" would be a minimum there, maybe look at a 60"
Cheers.. Yes the mount is recessed, this has allowed me to have a pull out mount. the tv back sits flush against the wall. I did consider recessing the whole TV, but decided i preffered this option. It also means i can chop and change my TV without major alterations to the wall. I allready have the 42" Panasonic Viera to go there, and when i have the cash for an upograde to a 60" it should be quite a straight swap. If i had the whole TV recessed it would be a big amount of work (and dust )

Here's some pictures of the cionstruction that might illustrate it a bit better with my old chipboard TV in place



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Got it A good idea and forward thinking. I'd probably prefer it recessed as I have done with mine, but mine surround is simply a piece of veneered MDF, so easy to remove, cut and refit should we change the TV. The missuse is already hankering after a 60

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im am going to be doing a similar setup to Avis in the next month or 2. I will be connecting a media centre pc which will do all my tv work, xbox 3670, wii and an amp, and speakers to a pioneer 5090 or krp500a. Will be a floating wall, but it will have a high gloss plastic covering (samples recieved today) tv will sit out of it exactly like yours avi on a cantilever bracket. As for furniture, I have gone for some cooke and lewis kitchen units from B & Q these are tall enough to house my electrical goodies and the doors for them are a high gloss black finish. The doors for the unit housing the electricals also has a glass front so all remote controls should work!!! (certainly stop the baby pulling wires anyway!!)

Speakers will also be in the wall (left, right and centre), and shelving units will be on either side with some subtle lighting.

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