How to Hide a Flat Panel TV With Wall Paneling

Create custom architectural wall paneling that opens to reveal a hidden flat panel TV with basic lumber, tools and this tutorial.

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Cut & Install Inside Vertical Frame Pieces

While the four outside frame pieces will secure the overall frame to the wall, the inside frame pieces will serve as structures along which to nail the 3/4" thick paint-grade plywood and will also create a central frame for housing the flat panel TV. Based on the width of the TV plus an additional inch of width and height added for proper ventilation, measure, mark, cut and install two vertical inside frame pieces using a drill and 3" wood screws (Images 1 and 2).

Cut & Install Inside Horizontal Frame Pieces

Before framing out the central frame inside of which to mount the flat panel TV, decide on the proper mounting height. To do that, sit down in the spot from which TV will be viewed; with the help of a friend, use a measuring tape to determine the height of your (or homeowner's) eye line. This height is where the center of the TV should sit. Referring to eye line height, measure, mark and cut inside horizontal frame pieces, which will frame the TV. Next, secure them in place with a drill and 3" wood screws, spaced no more than 4 feet apart.

Install Frame to Studs

Use a stud finder to locate proper positioning of studs within wall, then mark with a pencil. With the help of a friend, place the frame against wall, lining it up with pencil marks. Next, secure frame to wall by drilling 3" wood screws through the outside edges of the frame, then through the studs.

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