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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! 

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Step 2: Build Box (or Boxes if needed!)

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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. 

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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. 

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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″. 

diy tv cabinet
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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!). 

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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! 

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Like the way my DIY TV Cabinet turned out?  Check out my full porch redo here

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DIY TV Cabinet

Build Time 3 hours 30 minutes

Equipment

  • Miter Saw
  • Drill
  • Kreg Jig

materials
  

  • Cedar Fence Picket
  • 2" Screws
  • 1" Pocket Hole Screws
  • 2 x 4's
  • 4 2" Hinges
  • 4 Large Decorative Hinges
  • Latch

Instructions
 

  • 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)
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