I ordered a new television recently (see HD 2.0) and, of course, didn’t think I’d be satisfied with just sitting it on a stand.
I was thinking it’d be good to just mount it on the wall with a mounting frame, but wiring (especially after new insulation) might present a few challenges. And Christy didn’t want any big holes in the wall.
In our many trips to IKEA we took note of the cool media cabinet configurations they had, so we thought maybe we could just get a new stand and mount it to that. That’d be a lot easier than drilling holes, routing electrical wires, and attaching a recessed box for a wall-mount, right?
Actually, this project was probably one of the biggest things we’ve underestimated. We should have known when a guy at Ikea commented on our car-loads of Ikea boxes with, “It took me two weeks to assemble some of their closets. Good luck!”
What we thought would be a weekend project turned into about 3-4 weeks of daily tweaks and finagling.
We should have first realized this when just figuring out what to buy (what would fit in the room) required a Google Sketchup of the place.