You have taken the time to plan out your living room design carefully, and part of that includes a new and improved theatre system. Any quality sound system comes with a subwoofer so that you can enjoy the lower-frequency tones that add to the experience of watching your favorite movies or television shows.
The only problem with it, just like with most audio components, is that it isn’t all that visually appealing. You can’t work a speaker system into the décor, so instead of allowing it to ruin your design, utilize these tips on how to hide subwoofers.
Inside the Wall
Hiding your subwoofer inside of a wall is going to cost a little bit more due to the renovations required to make it happen. If you aren’t worried about the money though, it’s a great way to store it. Just be sure that if you are selecting this option, you choose the proper subwoofer with an anti-shake component to it.
Subwoofers produce a lot of vibration, and if the proper one isn’t installed in the wall, you could cause damage to the structure of your home. Otherwise, you will enjoy the quality of sound coming from your device while keeping your living room appearance the way you want it.
Behind Your Curtains
Curtains are standard pieces in most living rooms. They add a bit of elegance and make the room much more comfortable and perfect for entertaining. As long as you have floor-length fabric for your window coverings, you can set the subwoofer right on the floor behind the curtain to keep people from seeing it. If that isn’t a viable option, you can hang a curtain wherever it is needed and tuck the subwoofer behind it.
Underneath the Furniture
Subwoofers that are produced today are a lot smaller than what they were originally. That means that you have more options for stashing it away without being noticed. You can put it under a table, the couch, or a bookcase to keep it out of view. Sliding it under the sofa gives you the added benefit of softening the sound that comes from the audio equipment which is especially helpful if you live close to other homes or in an apartment that could be disturbed by the noise.
Inside Custom Furniture
Custom building subwoofer enclosures is going to take a bit of effort, but you can hide it in a cabinet explicitly built just for that purpose. You can also use your existing entertainment center or cabinets you already have inside of your living room if there is room. Designing the custom furniture to handle the vibration without any rattles and to minimize the impact on your audio quality can be quite difficult though.
A site called Hide My Subwoofer also sells pre-built custom furniture options in a variety of styles at a very affordable price.
Up in the Ceiling
You’ve more than likely at least thought about having your speakers installed in the ceiling to keep things looking nice and to enjoy the best quality of sound. You can hide a subwoofer up there too. The audio that comes from your subwoofer is non-directional for the most part, so it doesn’t matter that it’s above your head. If the other speakers are up there as well, you are going to enjoy how nicely the sounds blend before reaching your ears below.
Down in the Floor
The opposite of the ceiling is, of course, the floor. If you are living somewhere with floors made from cement, skip this option because it’s not going to work to hide a subwoofer. However, if you have a crawlspace or a basement, you can tuck it in between the floor joists. Then, cover up the hole with a HVAC register. It will look like it is supposed to be there, but it will produce amazing sounds instead of heat and air conditioning.
A Fake Wall
You may not be able to get into your wall to hide your subwoofer, but you can always build a false one. Just stick a wall directly in front of the existing one, and the put your subwoofer in the space you created. Decorate around it just as if it were the original wall, and chances are people glancing around aren’t going to notice the difference.
Pick a Small One
It was mentioned that smaller subwoofers can be purchased now compared to the much larger ones of long ago. Just keep in mind that if you are selecting one of the smaller ones, expect it to come with a bigger price tag. The manufacturer has to put more work into the tiny device so that it sounds as good the big ones. That extra effort comes out on the retail sticker price.