Introduction

a newly installed tv cabinet for a flat screen tv
Photo: Ryan Benyi
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A large flat-screen television is a must for the big game, but a large black blank space on your wall isn't quite so captivating during dinner parties. You could, of course, hide your mammoth monitor in the den or basement. Or you could install it front and center, and cleverly conceal it behind a handsome cabinet fitted with bifold doors, as we did here. With a simple frame and doors cut down from a single bifold closet door, this cabinet is easy to assemble and costs far less than its store-bought counterparts.

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    Tools List

    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • combination square
      Combination square
    • speed square
      Speed Square
    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • Countersink bit
      Countersink bit

    Shopping List

    1. Bifold door Select a solid-wood bifold door. To determine the width you'll need, add about 4 inches to the width of your monitor and divide by 2. You'll need to round up to the nearest stock door size.

    2. 1x stock Choose boards for the sides wide enough to span from the wall just past the face of the TV, as it protrudes from the wall. For the top and bottom, choose boards at least 2 inches wider than the side boards, to account for the thickness of the doors and the beveled overhang. 3. 1x4s to make the cleat and crosspiece. Get two 6-foot boards.

    4. Bifold door hinges to join the halves of each door once you cut it down. Reuse the three that come with your doors and get one more.

    5. Flush-door H hinges to attach the doors to the frame. Get four.

    6. 1½-inch screws7. Magnet catches made for cabinets. Get two.