First off, I know its a little getto, and a little messy (more messy as I have been changing a lot of things around lately including the new tv). Feel free and laugh (it is a little funny), but I don't want to replace a 200$ entertainment center (anything I have found that will hold a 40" tv and all the computer stuff cost several hundred dollars and I'm broke after buying the tv, not to mention I'm just cheap).
So The Plexiglas is to keep the kids from breaking the screen on my new sony tv. It would seem that it is necessary as the plexi took a couple of good smacks within a few minutes of the tv getting put up. I have seen the old tv (tube tv), take quite a few hits too (2 and 3 year old children). I'm quite amazed it didn't get broken.
So of course, the straps and green foam are temporary as I had to get it on right away to protect the tv. The Plexiglas is almost as tall as the tv (If I align it with the top edge of the tv, there is just enough space at the bottom so that it doesn't cover the speakers. I had originally planned on using a taller piece of Plexiglas so I could mount it on the vertical supports of the entertainment center. The next largest standard size piece of Plexiglas is twice as tall though, and a lot more expensive. I suspect that it will get scratched up and need replacing after a while , so it would be too much money to go to that big of a sheet.
The Plexiglas hangs off the sides by about 4" on each side. I could cut that off or use it for mounting. The problem is, there is only one mounting point on the right hand side, and it is a movable shelf (the left hand side has 2, a movable shelf and a permanent shelf).
So I guess my only choices are attach it to the tv somehow or fashion some sort of brackets that wrap around the tv to attach it to the entertainment center. I actually just now though of making some metal brackets that attach to the entertainment center and wrap around the tv (I didn't have any ideas when I first started the post), but I'm wide open to other suggestions. Surly I'm not the only person that has wanted to put plexiglas on a tv to protect it from kids?
Anyone got any good ideas? Even a suggestion on on what type of prefabricated bracket might work would help....