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Remodeling Challenge: How about a swivel TV on a structural post?

EntireTom M. of Pacific Palisades needs our design help.

Tom’s planning a remodel where several walls will be removed to open up the kitchen to an adjacent office and family room.

Because of structural issues, there will be a supporting post in the middle of the space that has to stay. (See the black square in this drawing? Click on the image to see it bigger.)

Tom’s idea is to install a swivel flat-screen TV on that post. Not only will that highlight the post and keep people from running into it, but it will also make the TV available for each of the spaces. The post is in a nice central location for that, and it beats having TVs in each room.

Tom is going for a sleek, contemporary look, so he’s open to sheathing the post in a metallic look. He’s planning on bringing the power for the TV down from the ceiling.

What ideas do you have for Tom? Is this a good idea? Any thoughts on the hardware he would use?

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