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How to Size Your TV Cabinet
Since televisions are measured on the diagonal, screen size doesn’t tell you anything. So before you select a bifold door, first measure the actual width of your TV.

A bifold door consists of two panels joined by a bifold hinge. Doors are sold by width, including both panels, and come in stock sizes—typically 24, 30, or 36 inches. To find the right size for your TV, double the width of the door and compare it to the actual width of the TV. The doubled width of the door should be at least several inches wider than the TV.

For example, a 24-inch bifold door will create a cabinet approximately 48 inches wide (not counting -inch gaps between panels). Depending on the thickness of the TV’s frame, that may fit up to a 46-inch TV; again, you have to measure. Larger TVs will likely require a 30- or 36-inch bifold door. At this size, make sure to choose a door with panels tall enough to cover the height of your TV.

CUT LIST
Bifold door Cut the two panels to equal height, leaving a rail at the top and bottom of each.

1x top and bottom Cut two to the width of the assembled doors plus inch for the gap between the two, and add 6 to 8 inches for an overhang on either side. Then rip the front and side edges at a 45-degree angle.

1x sides Cut two to the height of the cut doors plus ¼inch.

1x4 cleat Cut one to the inside width of the frame, then rip it in half with a 45-degree angle down its entire length.

1x4 crosspiece Cut one to the inside width of the frame.
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    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.