How to Build a Custom Built-In Cabinet for Your TV How to Build a Custom Built-In Cabinet for Your TV

What You'll Need
Countertop
Prefabricated Kitchen cabinet
1x4-inch boards
Plywood
Screws
Nails
Drill
Circular saw
Tape measure
Pencil
Hammer
Wood glue

A custom built-in cabinet is the ideal solution for a media entertainment center that includes a TV and electronic equipment like speakers. You can build a stylish and functional cabinet in a bare alcove by using standard kitchen and bathroom cabinets that are available in the market.

Step 1: Take Measurements

Note the height, width and length dimensions of the wall/alcove where the cabinet will be fitted. Make a note of where the electrical outlets, wiring and support plugs will go.

Step 2: Sketch and Shop

Draw a rough sketch of what the cabinet will look like. This will show the placement of the drawers and the cabinets. Make it roughly to scale. Visit the local cabinet supply shop and select the color, material and size of the cabinets you will use.
 
Step 3: Wall Design

Draw the sketch on the wall to show the position and size of where the cabinets will be placed. Use blue painter's tape to mark the space.

Step 4: Bottom Cabinet Setup

Work from left to right and bottom to top. Make sure that the panels have been stained and colored to match the décor. Cut the panels according to the size and measurements that were taken. Screw the panels on at the bottom. Add a filler strip between the cabinet and the wall to conceal the space. Drill holes in the back of the cabinets. This will allow access to electrical outlets and wires can also be pulled through them.

Step 5: Countertop and Upper Cabinet

Cut the plywood for the countertop according to the required dimensions. This will go over the cabinets that have been installed in step 4. Also, cut the plywood for the different cabinets that will go on the upper end of the entertainment center. This will include all the panels that will go on the sides, bottom and upper parts of these cabinets. If adjustable shelving is required, holes should be drilled at regular intervals into the plywood so that adjustments can be made. Apply edge banding to the plywood. Sand the plywood to smoothen out the edges.

Finish the edges by applying lumber. This will make the shelves more rigid. Assemble the end section using biscuits. This process needs to be repeated for all the panels that need to go into the cabinets.

Step 6: Assemble Units

Assemble all the panels that have been prepared in step 5. Secure them together with screws.

To conceal the joint, apply trim strips. Attach molding to outside of the unit.

Step 7: Installation

Install the cabinet doors, drawers and shelves.

Step 7: Cleaning

Clean the dust and glue that accumulates on the surfaces with the help of mineral water. Pay special attention to the cleaning of the insides and joints of the panels.

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