I get it, your subwoofer doesn’t fit your aesthetic for your living room, and it looks out of place, so hiding it may help you achieve your look you’re going for.
Hiding your subwoofer will help you achieve that minimalistic look you’re going for, and it will reduce how distracting and annoying your subwoofer can be sometimes.
So, I’m going to share some ways you can hide your subwoofer successfully so it’s no longer an eyesore, and you maintain it’s amazing sound quality it provides.
Subwoofer Behind The Sofa
Hiding your subwoofer behind the sofa is one of my favorite placements methods, and in many cases, it can be the most optimal place.
In terms of functionality, behind the sofa allows you to turn the volume down more whilst getting more impact from the subwoofer.
Personally, I like the increased bass response I get when the subwoofer is behind me, especially when I’m watching my favorite action movies. It makes impactful scenes with a lot of bass feel more impactful, especially the explosions.
And most importantly, hiding the subwoofer behind the couch gets it out of your way, so you should be able to enjoy your favorite movies without the subwoofer being an eyesore.
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Subwoofer Inside TV Cabinet
The subwoofer inside a cabinet is a bit of a hard one to pull off, and it can come at a cost, but it ultimately gets the subwoofer out of your way visually.
For many people, I wouldn’t recommend placing the subwoofer inside of a cabinet unless you have a really sturdy cabinet, this is because the subwoofer will cause a lot of vibrations which can rattle items in your cabinet; this can be distracting.
But if you have a solid wood cabinet which provides your subwoofer with an insane amount of insulation, ALSO it provides your subwoofer with much necessary ventilation, then I’d recommend placing the subwoofer inside a cabinet.
The key problem with placing a subwoofer inside of a cabinet is the rattles and resonances that come with it. If your cabinet is poorly made, with weak materials, and there’s a lot of objects such as silverware and jewellery, then you will be highly susceptible to rattles and resonances.
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Subwoofer Under a Piece of Furniture
A great way to hide your subwoofer is to utilize what you already have inside your living room, such as the furniture. If you have a piece of furniture that is able to accommodate a subwoofer, placing it underneath it isn’t much of a bad idea.
For example, if you can place your subwoofer underneath a sofa table, or a coffee table which should easily conceal your subwoofer from the viewers. If your subwoofer is really thin, you can even place it underneath your couch.
Another underrated benefit to hiding your subwoofer underneath furniture is that it helps preserve room in your living room. So where your subwoofer would usually be, you can place a more aesthetically pleasing piece of equipment there.
Finally, hiding the subwoofer underneath a piece of furniture will essentially behave as a shield which will protect your subwoofer from damage. This includes things dropping on it, people tripping over it, and types of harmful particles going in it.
Hiding It With Plants And Decoration
If you have a lot of plants and decorations in your living room, then placing your subwoofer with them is an easy way to utilize already aesthetically pleasing aspects of your living room.
Call it being resourceful, but this is another one of my favourite ways of hiding the subwoofer. Not only do you improve the overall look of the room, but it doesn’t inhibit the subwoofers performance in any capacity.
And if your living room is quite small, utilizing plants and decorations is an easy way to reduce the visual impact of the subwoofer. This makes it look less harsh and intimidating, which will ultimately help the viewers focus less on it.
Also, your plants will naturally act as a dust filter for your subwoofer, so over time, your subwoofer will accumulate less harmful dusts and debris ultimately increasing the lifespan of your subwoofer. And you will have to clean less if you hate cleaning.
Hiding The Subwoofer In A False Wall
Arguably the strongest option on this list is building a false wall, but it will definitely require the most work. A false wall is basically a small enclosure, like a room within your living room, and this is where your subwoofer will go.
The simplest way to install a false wall for your subwoofer is to create a wall using cheap and thin material such as MDF or plywood. Then cut a hole in the centre of this material so the subwoofer’s bass can easily escape.
You can even take this further by having the false wall draped in fabric so it can more easily fit the aesthetic of your living room. Remember, the goal is to make things blend in and look more natural.
Don’t forget to paint the fake wall with color palettes that will blend in with the rest of your living room. Texture paint or wallpaper can also make the wall look more realistic, and have less of an impact on the living room.
It is also possible to build a false wall inside a small living room, it mostly depends on the size of the living room, and how creative you are with building the false wall.
In conclusion, there are many ways you can hide a subwoofer in your living room, my favorites are building a false wall, hiding it with plants, and placing it behind the sofa. If you’re a fan of preserving sound quality, consider these methods as they have the least impact on how the subwoofer produces sound.
Placing the subwoofer inside a cabinet can be a decent option if you have a strong cabinet, but I really wouldn’t recommend this as I believe the other options are far stronger, and have less cons.