How to Build a Wall-Hung TV Cabinet
From our Hammer It Out series: Hide the television when it's not being used. Build this handsome storage piece fitted with bifold doors
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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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 ⅛-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.
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 ⅛inch 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.