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Drew Barrymore’s TV-Hiding Hack Will Beautify Your Bedroom

Out of sight, out of mind.

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Actress and talk show host Drew Barrymore is known for her joyful energy. While she’s been a celebrity for pretty much her entire life, she also knows how to keep it real; from her intimate interviews on The Drew Barrymore Show — in which she lets herself get emotional alongside her guests — to her Instagram page, where she shares tips and tricks for living your best life, she’s full of sage advice. As it turns out, one of her best tips is a simple hack (shared via Instagram) for hiding a TV screen, offering both a way to reduce screen time and beautify your home. Read on to see how Barrymore covers up her TV in style.

What is Drew Barrymore’s TV hack?

Let’s face it: TVs are a necessary evil, but they aren’t necessarily aesthetically pleasing. Drew Barrymore’s TV hack addresses this problem by hiding her TV beneath a nice piece of wall art, like a tapestry or embroidery, whenever she’s not watching it. As Drew explained in her Instagram post, “I absolutely love watching TV in the bedroom, however I don’t love the look of a plasma screen on the wall. It takes away from the femininity of the room… so I went on Etsy [and] ordered a hanging piece of art and did a home hack, and when I’m done with my TV, I just hide it behind it.” Brilliantly simple! As you can see in the images below, this trick adds coziness and bohemian flair to Barrymore’s bedroom. 

Why would you want to hide your TV? 

When you’re not rewatching your favorite movie or bingeing a new show, your TV is basically just a big black rectangle with a slightly sinister reflection, and it can disrupt the atmosphere of a room — especially if it’s a more intimate space. When your TV is switched off, you probably don’t want to look at it; Samsung even makes a TV that’s meant to look like a piece of art when not in use. But if you don’t want to spring for a new TV entirely, a wall hanging can be a charming solution that’s also cost-effective.

There are good reasons to hide your TV beyond the aesthetic benefits. If you have kids, it’s a smart way to signal that they shouldn’t be having screen time. Watching too much TV can also cause eye strain — so if you’re hooked on watching the news or just letting it play mindlessly in the background, you may find that TV is a gnawing and persistent source of stress. There was even a recent study that suggests spending less time watching TV could prevent heart disease. So, Drew Barrymore’s hack might ultimately be beneficial for your health.

What are some good art pieces for hiding my TV?

Want to try Barrymore’s TV-hiding trick for yourself? Just find an art piece that’s big enough to cover the screen (it’ll live behind the TV when the screen is turned on). Make sure you have the measurements of your TV handy, and search “large macrame wall hanging” or “large tapestry” to see what’s out there. We like this Extra Large Macrame Wall Hanging (Buy from Etsy, prices vary), which looks quite similar to Barrymore’s. Many macrame wall hangings can also be found on Amazon; this one comes in three different shades and two different sizes (Buy from Amazon, prices vary). If you want to add some more color, you might like this artsy Turquoise Yarn Wall Hanging (Buy from Etsy, prices vary). 

Not only will these charming TV coverings beautify your home, but they may also help you to reduce your screen time and find some peace of mind. Leave it to Drew Barrymore to come up with such a cute and easy hack — you might want to try her favorite eye cream or her weird but wonderful “pizza salad” trick, while you’re at it.

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