Building & Renovating

Is It Safe To Have A TV in the Bathroom?

Do you want to enjoy your favorite show while indulging in a relaxing bath?

Photography: Vincent Coscolluela and Mark Chester Ang

What's your bathroom routine? We're sure many of you are fond of bringing a book or the newspaper inside when it's time to sit on the throne. With the rise in popularity of tablets, some even watch movies or catch up on the news. While these gadgets are portable, you might be wondering if a TV is a needed addition in the bathroom. After all, who doesn't want to watch a good show in its full screen glory?

Keep in mind that it's not wise to put a TV in a humid area as the moisture and steam from long hot showers won’t do your appliance any good. Is it best to put this improvement on hold or should you push through with it? If you fancy the hotel vibe and would really want a bigger screen in front of your tub, then go for it! Remember that it's not as simple as installing an ordinary TV. Here's a list of things you need to take note of if you're already a hundred percent sure:

1. A weatherproof TV

Look for a weatherproof unit that is designed to be fully sealed. The usual ventilating holes at the back of your TV can cause moisture buildup, which can in turn damage the unit over time. It’s best to invest in a TV that is graded for bathroom and outdoor use as it can do well in humid and damp conditions. These brands aren't common in the Philippines so you'll have to look a little harder for this. Visit different stores and do online research so you can note of the features and estimated price points.

2. A TV bracket that works for you

Given the chances of installing the TV high on the wall, buy a wall mount that can tilt down so you can fix and adjust the TV to a comfortable viewing angle when in use. This works for areas near the tub or the water closet. You can also look for a bracket that comes with a rotating arm. This enables you to rotate the screen to face any area of the bathroom.

3. Location and mounting

Bathroom walls are usually made of concrete so choosing a side won’t be a problem. Pick a side that will enable maximum viewing. If the side you chose is a dry wall, locate the studs or supports as with any area in your house. For walls with tiles, install the TV bracket in between the tiles (where the grout is) to avoid cracked tiles.

When finalizing the spot where you can install the TV, consider the placement of mirrors and glass partitions as you can use it to your advantage. These materials reflect the screen so you can still see what's on the TV even if you're not in front of it.

4. Proper ventilation

Make sure you have an exhaust fan installed in one of your walls or the ceiling. Keep the bathroom window open as well. This will help with the humidity and condensation in the space.

Interior designer Vera Villarosa-Orila is an alumna of the University of the Philippines and is one of the go-to designers for the Real Living Makeovers. You can get in touch with her through e-mail: vera.villarosa[at]



Do you have questions or concerns about your home's layout, furniture, and color scheme? Send your questions to reallivingonline[at] with the subject: Expert Advice. We might answer and feature your queries online.

PHOTOS: Mark Chester Ang | Vincent Coscolluela (2 and 3)

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