Published on March 21st, 2013 | by Jules Yap


Besta TV hide

Materials: Besta Jagra

Description: The Besta was assembled without top- and backplate. The backplate was cut so it could be used to cover the top of the front.

The top plate was fixed with a kind of hinge at the back side. In order to mount the flat screen, some wood pieces were glued on the inner side of the top plate (image). Additionally two gas springs were mounted to prevent the cover with the screen mounted from falling into the close-position uncontrolled. The gas springs are from an automotive supplier.

~ Lanzelot

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11 Responses to Besta TV hide

  1. jim says:

    that’s awesome!

  2. Gerry says:

    They say to keep large glass TV screens (like LCD and Plasmas) vertical because the glass is stronger that way (the same reason you see glass windows transported vertically). There is a risk to it breaking if weight is placed on it when it’s flat… But there is no weight being placed on the TV in this setup, so it should be fine for the TV.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I think I agree with the comments from here:


    Anecdotal: Have stored an LCD for 2 years mostly flat. Zero problems noticed. One concern is dust or debris being embedded into the display which could cause the failure of the LCD itself. But as long as you store it in protective packaging, you should be okay. – Thomas O May 23 ’11 at 14:23

    I’ve got no references, but: The issue is nothing to do with LCDs: it is about not applying pressure “sideways” onto large planes of glass in a plasma or similar TV, for fear of cracking them. Consider laptop screens as examples why LCDs, themselves, can be stored flat. Also, be sure not to stack anything on top of an LCD screen, for similar reasons. – Oddthinking May 23 ’11 at 14:24

  4. Mari says:

    I like it! Now would someone explain why LCDs aren’t supposed to be in a down position?

  5. Alexis Marlons says:

    Now this one’s what I’ve been looking for. I really like the idea to hide the TV when not in used. It really is organized to look at.

  6. andetheninja says:

    cool idea but tvs arent supposed to be laid down

  7. Anonymous says:

    i do think this is a good idea but for those planning on trying this you cant put a lcd tv flat as it ruins the screen

  8. Anonymous says:

    Yes, it IS awesome! Not being very carpentry-minded and not having looked closely at a Besta, I am not too clear about the views. Is the third one looking down on the top of the opened finished piece? If this is the visible end-result, perhaps you could finish the raw side edges with some iron-on or glue on wood-like edging tape.

    I think this is a candidate Best Of 2013!

  9. Anonymous says:

    WOW. that is simply awesome. I would love to have one of these!
    thanks for posting – but please, put up a link to more info and photos?

  10. Jerry says:

    Okay, now that is too awesome! You could do so much with this design. Thank you for sharing!

  11. Andre - italy says:

    Love this idea of hiding the TV in this way!

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