How To: Building A Recessed Home for Flat-Screen TV

Solve the problem of where to put the TV with a recessed niche.
Related To:
HRIPR-107_TV_Niche

HRIPR-107_TV_Niche

Recessed niches for the flat-screen TV and video components keep the room uncluttered.

Recessed niches for the flat-screen TV and video components keep the room uncluttered.

Materials and Tools:

level
tape measure
pencil
circular saw
reciprocal saw
hammer
pneumatic nail gun
drill with spade bit and extender
3/4-inch birch plywood
molding
black paint
one gallon of primer
one gallon of Ace Sensations Paint Color: Canyon Wall
one gallon of black paint
carpenter's glue
masks
safety goggles

Steps:

  1. Measure (width, height and length) the television. Cut an inspection hole in the wall to make sure there are no hidden wires or pipes. Once you know it's safe, you can create a rough opening for the recessed television space. Consult an electrician to re-route any electricity to the space and run wiring to the rough opening
  2. Using a tape measure and level, mark the measurements on the wall with a pencil. Use a reciprocal saw, cut out the rough opening for the recessed home. Pull out the drywall to create the rough opening. Use a hammer to break it into pieces if necessary.
  3. With the birch plywood, build a box that will slip in the rough opening to house the gluing the edges to hold the pieces and nail them off. (We also built a smaller box for other video components.) Paint the interior of the box black to blend the television into the space and hide the wiring.
  4. With a spade bit and extender, drill holes down through the box(es) to run cords for television and components. With the box in place, run and install all wiring. Nail the box into place.
  5. Glue and nail the molding trim around the birch plywood, and paint it. For any touch-ups to the molding, use painter's tape to mask off the recess.
  6. Install the television and components.
Keep Reading

Next Up

Build an Entertainment Center in One Day

Carter builds a semi-recessed entertainment center for a family room.

How To: Building an A-Frame Entertainment Center

Building an elegant A-frame entertainment center can be as easy as fitting notched lumber together like puzzle pieces. The result is a rustic yet dramatic focal point of any room.

Build an Entertainment Center

Step-by-step instructions for constructing the ultimate storage solution

A Modern Flat-Screen TV and Entertainment Center Solution

A family entertainmnet center goes from old-school to modern. The wall-mounted flat-screen TV and custom a/v cabinet help streamline the space and bring the entertainment system into the 21st century.

How to Build a Hideaway TV Cabinet

Incorporate a television into a room’s design without making it obvious.

How to Turn a Dresser Into a Media Console

Turning a dresser into a media console that looks just as sleek at the flat screen above it is easy. Just follow these step-by-step instructions.

Build a Contemporary Bookshelf

Add an instant update to a room with these step-by-step instructions.

Disguise Your TV With This DIY Built-In Media Wall

This sleek, recessed media wall will transform your TV into a charming focal point. Plus, there are no cords in sight.

How to Make a Flat-Screen TV Console

Save a lot of money by building your own simple and sleek flat-screen television console.

How to Build a Convertible-Top Coffee Table

Learn how to build a coffee table with hidden storage and a four seperate tabletops that flip from flat to cushioned.

On TV

Living Alaska

7:30am | 6:30c

Flip or Flop

12pm | 11c

Flip or Flop

12:30pm | 11:30c

Flip or Flop

1pm | 12c

Flip or Flop

1:30pm | 12:30c

Flip or Flop

2:30pm | 1:30c

Flip or Flop

3:30pm | 2:30c

Flip or Flop

4:30pm | 3:30c

Flip or Flop

5:30pm | 4:30c

Flip or Flop

6:30pm | 5:30c

Flip or Flop

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Flip or Flop

8pm | 7c

Flip or Flop

8:30pm | 7:30c

Flip or Flop

9:30pm | 8:30c

House Hunters

10pm | 9c

House Hunters

11pm | 10c

Flip or Flop

12am | 11c

Flip or Flop

12:30am | 11:30c

House Hunters

1am | 12c

Flip or Flop

3:30am | 2:30c

Shop This Look

Found a living space you love in HGTV's Photo Library? Get the look in your own home with products from Wayfair.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.