DIY TV Cabinet
I made this DIY TV Cabinet to hide the TV on our screened-in porch! Andrew & I wanted to be able to watch football games out on the porch in the fall but a TV on the wall did not go with my design for the space.. so I knew I had to hide it! I used Cedar Fence boards in a number of projects in the screened-in porch so I knew I wanted to use them again for this cabinet.
I had picked this TV up from an online auction for just $11! However, it is a little dated and not a slim profile. Therefore, the width of just one fence board wasn’t going to cut it, so I knew I would need to double the boards to hide the TV. The below step by step guide involves making two boxes as the base of the cabinet. If you have a slimmer TV than I do, you may be okay using just one box!
Step 1: Cut Boards to Size
I started out by cutting my boards to size! I cut four boards at 46″ and four boards at 34″. As a reminder, I knew I needed two boxes to fit my big ole TV!
Step 2: Build Box (or Boxes if needed!)
I then used 2″ screws to build both boxes.
Step 3: Attach Boxes Together (if needed)
As I mentioned before, the TV we had gotten for the porch is fairly bulky, so I needed to make two boxes. With the boxes assembled, I was ready to attach them together. I used a Kreg Jig to drill 4 pocket holes per side (16 holes total!) in one of the boxes. I then used 1-inch pocket hole screws to secure the boxes together.
Step 4: Attach Box to the Wall
To hang the box on the wall, I used two 2×4’s! I screwed the first 2×4 into the wall above the TV, ensuring I hit the studs. Then I placed the box on top of the board and screwed the box into the board.
Next, I screwed my second 2×4 into the wall at the bottom of the box, again ensuring I was screwing into the studs. Finally, I screwed the bottom of the box into the 2×4.
Step 5: Build Door Panels
Building the door panels is a two-step process. First, I cut the boards to size. I wanted to allow a bit of space between the door panel and the top/bottom of the box. Therefore, I cut my boards at 33 1/2″.
Then, I attached two boards together using pocket holes. I drilled 4 pocket holes in one board and then used 1-inch pocket hole screws to attach it to another board. This created my door panel! I made four panels total.
Step 6: Attach Hinges
Next, I used two 2″ hinges to attach two of the panels together. I repeated this with the other two panels.
The hinges allow the doors to bi-fold so they take up minimal space when opened!
Note: The screws that came with the hinges were too long for the boards! I had to order smaller screws from Amazon (linked below!).
Finally, I attached two larger hinges to the door and then to the box.
Step 7: Add Latch (optional)
To finish off the cabinet I used my Brad Nailer to attach a thin piece of wood to the bottom of the TV Cabinet. Then I added a latch to the front to hold the doors together!
DIY TV Cabinet Links
DIY TV Cabinet
- Miter Saw
- Kreg Jig
- Cedar Fence Picket
- 2" Screws
- 1" Pocket Hole Screws
- 2 x 4's
- 4 2" Hinges
- 4 Large Decorative Hinges
- Cut Boards to Size
- Build Box (or Boxes if needed!)
- Attach Boxes Together (if needed)
- Attach Box to the Wall
- Build Door Panels
- Attach Hinges
- Add Latch (optional)