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Console TVs for the Modern Era
By, Steve Hartfelder and Molly Davis of Diamond Case Designs, Inc.

As we gather round our TV sets for an evening of family entertainment, we seldom think about the evolution of the product itself. While early television really did not start hitting American homes until the 1930s, their designs were based on theories and technologies dating back to the 1800s. These theories included electromagnetism, cathode rays, and dissector tubes. With decades of improvements and developments, current TVs utilize micro mirrors, liquid crystal displays, plasma gas, and even lasers.

Not only have the mechanics of the sets changed dramatically over the years, but the actual framework or style of the set has changed too.  The first sets built were similar in style to the radios they were replacing and were housed in tall, slender wooden cabinets.  Then, as TV screens became larger and our tastes in style and home furnishings evolved, these televisions were designed into beautiful furniture pieces known as console televisions.

Because the television was the center piece of the living room, TV manufacturers put a tremendous amount of effort into designing stylish, beautiful, and durable furniture to accommodate them. These console TVs came to be the standard in home entertainment for many years.

While console TVs enjoyed a tremendous run in the American living room, the technology pendulum has swung and TV manufacturers no longer offer integrated furniture systems. As a result, the consumer looking for the beauty of the integrated console TV is left out in the cold, until now...

Modern Console Televisions Designed For Flat Panel TVs

Console TV Furniture System For LCD TelevisionOne of the greatest appeals of a console television is the ability to organize the TV in an efficient and compact manner. All of the electronics can be coordinated into a single sleek system of furniture allowing the television to be placed in areas previously thought to be too small. And, by taking advantage of modern electronic technologies, one can enjoy tremendous high-definition pictures and high-quality sound in a console design.

The first step in designing a modern console TV is to measure how much wall space is available for the furniture. Second, consider what electronics you would like connected to the TV such as a cable box, satellite receiver, blu-ray DVD player, or game system.

Next, call us toll-free at 800-616-5354 and put our years of expertise to work for you. We will suggest the perfect solution that efficiently fits into your space and integrates your desired electronics.


Need Help Choosing the TV or Electronics?

Please remember we are a fully-authorized electronics dealer. We will be happy to recommend the best televisions and electronics in the industry to fit your needs and budget. And you might be surprised how competitive our prices are.

Exclusive Free Television Mounting Service, A Great Benefit

As some of the examples shown below illustrate, your new flat panel TV will be mounted to a back panel within the console furniture system. When the television and mounting bracket are purchased from Diamond Case Designs, Inc., we open up the TV and pre-mount the bracket to both the furniture and the television. Then, we physically mount the TV to the furniture to ensure a secure, centered installation. Once everything has been properly set we re-package your TV in the original factory carton and prepare it for shipping to your home. This service ensures the bracket has been properly installed and saves valuable installation time. Possibly the best part of this service, it's free.

Additional Console TV Photographic Examples

Console Television With Pocket Doors For Flat Panel TV
This console television was built as a low-profile design to protect the view through the windows. The television shown is a 50" Panasonic plasma TV. The electronics are hidden behind the lower wood doors.   This console television furniture design slipped into the corner to accommodate a big TV in a small space. The electronics and media storage are hidden behind the lower wood doors.
Console Television Cabinet For Tube TV
This console TV furniture system hid the television behind the pocket doors and the electronics behind the smoke glass panels.   Console TV cabinets can be built for flat panel TVs as well as traditional tube TVs as seen in this example. This example also provides storage for the electronics in addition to a couple of media storage drawers.

How To Design Your Own Console TV

To receive an estimate for a console TV cabinet that is tailored just for you, please provide:

  • Wall space restrictions - how much space do you have available?
  • Electronic needs - in addition to the TV what other electronics would you like to organize inside?
  • Media storage - would you like storage drawers for CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays, or video games?

The easiest way to organize this information is to fill out our custom cabinet worksheet. Once completed this worksheet can be e-mailed directly to me ( or faxed to 714-630-8105. Please be sure to put your contact information on the worksheet.

If you have any questions please feel free to call myself, Steve, or my business partner and brother, Dave, toll-free at 800-616-5354.

Diamond Case Designs, Inc. - 655 N. Shepard St. - Anaheim, CA 92806 - (800) 616-5354 -

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