Let’s face it; most people have TVs in their living rooms sitting on cabinets, tables or mounted to the wall. But how many people do you know have an innovative multimedia wall display? None, I’m willing to bet!

In case you aren’t sure, I’m talking about the big screen displays you often see at retail stores. You’ll also see them in convention centers and exhibitions. Is your living room huge? Have you got spare wall space? If the answer is yes to both questions, creating a multimedia wall display is an excellent talking point for any visitor!

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It’s a superb idea for people that want to turn their living rooms or any other part of their homes, into a fully-fledged media center. So, just how do you go about creating such a technological masterpiece?

The process itself is quite straightforward, but it can be time-consuming to set up. Still, if you’re not put off by rolling your sleeves up and getting “stuck in” with the work, this blog post is for you!

Do a site survey

Electronics installers often check out the area where equipment is to get installed. It’s a process known as a site survey. Although you’re building the multimedia wall display, you should still check that the wall is “ready.”

Have you got plenty of electrical sockets on the wall? If not, you’ll need to get an electrician to add some extra ones for you. Don’t forget that you will also need to account for backlighting too. After all; it is going to be a feature wall in your home!

Designing your display

The next step is to use a 3D computer modeling program to create what your display is to look like. Doing so gives you the flexibility to make quick and easy adjustments. That’s something you can’t do if you use pen and paper.

There are free software programs you can use like SketchUp and Inkscape.

Getting your display framework built

The next stage is to have a company like Trade CNC build your multimedia wall display “chassis” for you. What firms like that usually do is take your 3D blueprints and give that data to CNC routers.

They are workshop devices that plot, cut and size up anything on a flat piece of material like wood or metal. I recommend getting your chassis cut by a CNC router because such devices offer precision cutting and shaping. A DIY effort will never be as good, so it’s important to get it right the first time around.

Be sure that the chassis is in sections so that you can easily fit them through the doorways in your home! Once installed, you can then paint the framework as you wish.

Buying the equipment

The final yet hard part is buying the kit you need to make everything work! A typical “shopping list” of components includes:

  • HD TVs without bezels;
  • Digital video recording and playback devices (i.e. Blu-ray players);
  • High-quality, oxygen-free cabling with gold-plated connectors.

You’ll also need to buy some LED lights to use for your backlighting. And there you have it!