We spend a lot of time in the kitchen and it’s not very exciting so a lot of people opt for some form of entertaining distraction. The TV is a popular option but even though you can get some pretty small models they still take up valuable counter real estate. For those of us short on counter space we can get an under the cabinet tv. As they are designed to fit into a smaller area under cabinet TVs are generally much smaller than your average standard TVs. However, you do get to keep your valuable cooking area real estate and have a TV as well. They can also make a great space saving option in the bedroom or kids play room.
As with other electrical appliances under counter TVs come with their own range of options so you need to explore those before purchase. Some models come with radios in them which can be handy if you just want to listen to some tunes or the news when there is nothing on the tube. Other models come with a DVD player which can be great for kids rumpus rooms or the bedroom. As most of these TVs are designed for the kitchen many come with a clock and timer option.
The physical size and screen size are a bigger factor than normal as these TVs tend to need to fit into a more confined space. You also want to make sure you have a mains power socket to plug it into without having to run cables all over your kitchen counter. Cheaper model TVs can have really bad viewing angles so check that when deciding on a model. Having a swiveling TV can counteract the problem of the viewing angle to some degree if you’re happy purchasing a cheaper model. One cool feature of some TVs is a magnetic remote. You’ll never have to go hunting for the remote as it will always be on the fridge for safe and secure storage.
If you’re remodeling the kitchen and have decided on an under cabinet TV then be very sure of the location. Once this style of TV is installed they can be a real pain to relocate later. For some installations you may need to relocate a power and antenna socket and also lay some more cable through the walls. An electrician will probably need to be called to do this and they don’t work cheap. Naturally your TV will need to be viewable from most if not all of the areas of the kitchen. Keep it viewable in an area you know you are going to be spending most of your time in.
Under the cabinet TVs are very affordable due to their small size and can be useful for more than just watching TV. With a TV in your kitchen and your favorite cooking DVD you’ll easily be able to follow the instructions for that meal you’ve always been wanting to try. You can find out more on the author’s website at under cabinet tv.
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