To hang or not to hang

For some time (read, two and a half years) Lee has been not so subtly suggesting we hang our television over our fireplace. 

When I say not so subtly, I mean he’s been saying things like, “Hey babe.  We should hang the TV over the fireplace.”

He insists that in order to fully utilize the awesomeness (my word, not his) of our TV, it should be hanging on the wall. 

You know – because it’s a flat screen. (his words, not mine)

This week, he has almost convinced me to give it a try.  But I’m still not sure.  Do I really want my TV hanging on the wall above my fireplace?  How will that look?

Oh my, what to do!

Here are a couple of pictures to give you a visual.  After viewing, please take a moment to vote on the poll.  Because I know that men and women will have different viewpoints on this matter, I’ve included gender specific choices. 

You’re welcome.

This first shot is where the TV is now.  A brief background (because I know you’re dying to know more).  Lee won that TV in a work contest a few years ago.  We had a lovely armoir unit that housed our old, non-flat screen, TV, but the new one wouldn’t fit in it. 

What to do?  We didn’t really want to buy a new TV stand, and I nixed the hangitoverthefireplce idea, so we sawed the top of the armoir off.  Yes, we are indeed hoosiers.

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This is where Lee wants to hang the TV.  I’m just not sure.  It seems odd to me to have a TV hanging over the fireplace.  What do you think?  Vote below!Summer '09 195


  1. Melissa Cable says

    it does seem weird to hang it over the fireplace, but most people do do that. I like it how it is though, I think it is pretty labor intensive to hang it and of course costs money to get the kits and all. Would you have to reconfigure the room? anyhoo, I guess I vote for it to stay after all this rumbling, I’ll officially vote now. oh wait, maybe i change my mind, ok, not voting.

  2. ok, i voted yes…i don’t think i would’ve voted this way before, however we have several friends who have theirs hanging, and it’s really cool. plus with having three crazy kids (mine, not yours!) running around makes it a little more appealing!

  3. Kristina says

    I’m not against hanging the tv on the WALL. I’m against hanging it over the fireplace. Below are my reasons. I’ll put them in gender specific categories because we care about different things:

    Ladies will care:
    All tvs I’ve seen hanging over the fireplace bring lots of cords that go to the dvd player, stereo surround sound components and the like. It makes a cluttered look on the mantle and any toddler worth his weight will pull one of those cords and bring all the glass mounted picture frames down with it.

    Guys will care:
    With the configuration of your home and the placement of the doorways and walkways there is no way you can position the couch in an optimum viewing location. You’ll have to eat your game day food sitting on a dainty chair. That’s not manly. Also, afternoon sun will make you squint and cause you to miss winning game shot.

  4. I would hang it over our fireplace if in fact we would have gotten a fireplace that Tunis wanted (so we can hang the tv over it). I nixed the idea because all I kept thinking was that growing up we had 2 fireplaces and only ever used them on christmas to burn wrapping paper. But now that I think about it we did live in Miami fl. In retrospect it would be nice to sit by the fire hang our stockings by the fire place ect.
    Go for the fireplace location… then at least you can enjoy the fire burning while you are burning your bottom in the couch cushions as you burn your eyes and brain watching the boob tube! I say that as I am watching all the shows I have DVR’ed this week while the kids are sleeping cause I know I won’t have a chance to watch what I want to once they are up as Noggin, princess movies and the wizard of oz rules in this house. Good luck! sorry for not aggreeing with you!

  5. Lee’s idea is good.

  6. I *might* hang it on the wall but not over the fireplace. If you actually do burn gas/wood in that fireplace I would be concerned that the heat would damage the TV over time.

    Our fireplace puts out heat that seems to go more *up* than *out* and right above the mantle it gets pretty warm.

  7. Oh and above the fireplace would mean that we’d have to look too far up to make viewing comfortable.

  8. If you do it over the fireplace you have to do it right…no cords as a previous poster suggested. At our last house we had ours hung over the fireplace. They had to make a hole in the wall behind the tv and run a pipe OUTSIDE to the outlet down below. The cords went through the pipe and the tv looked very sleek up there. From what I remember, you could move your couch. And w/ the tv stand gone, you’ll have room for a fun new chair…(make that part of the deal 😉

    In our new house, there’s a built in cabinet above the fireplace. But I really loved how it looked on the wall. Gives it a very updated look.

  9. candy martin says

    What happens to the hoosier armoire? You could get one of those long doilie like things that Mimi always had and hang it off the rough sides and then put lots of cracker barrel junk on top of it. You know I lost that battle in our house in the basement and the tv wasput over the fireplace. Now that tv is gone and I have holes in the wall! Hmmm. Did your dad give Lee that idea?

  10. having it on the wall with the windows would keep there from being any glare … just thought I’d state a plus 🙂

  11. Even as a home theater enthusiast, I have to say a big NO to the flat screen over the fireplace. Psychologically I have a problem with mixing objects with different emotional/functional purposes.

    BTW, Good luck seeing it from the kitchen. 🙂