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 Plywood
The paneled look is created by 1/4" thick plywood cut to size and installed directly to the front of the frame with 1/2" primed MDF trim applied atop the plywood. To begin the paneled effect, measure, mark and cut plywood to size using a circular saw (Image 1), then attach directly to the frame using a nail gun (Image 2). Tip: Seams made from several sheets of plywood can be concealed with wood filler or horizontal strips of 1x2" primed MDF trim. Take seam placement into consideration when configuring height and width of each wooden panel.
Cut & Install Half-Cut Trim & Hinges
Based on the height of the central frame for the flat panel TV, measure, mark and cut three 1x2" pieces of primed MDF trim to size using a circular saw. Two of those pieces will flank the sides of the central frame, and the remaining piece will be attached to the leading edge of one of the panels, resulting in a seamless look down the center of the wall. Cut two of the 1x2" primed MDF trim pieces in half directly down the middle using a circular saw (Image 1). Next, transfix one half of the piece along the outside edge of the TV frame using a nail gun (Image 2). Once secure, attach piano hinge to the side of nailed MDF trim using screws supplied with piano hinge. Next, hold other half-cut piece of 1x2" MDF trim up to piano hinge; attach with screws into every other hole using a drill or screwdriver (Image 3). Note: The skipped holes of the piano hinge will be used to fasten the actual panel to the back of the piano hinge.
Cut & Install Hinged Panels
Based on the dimensions of the central frame for the flat panel TV, measure, mark and cut two panels to size using a circular saw (Image 1). Hold each of the panels up into place behind the hinged half-cut 1x2" MDF trim to ensure proper sizing (Image 2). Next, use a pencil to mark placement of hinge holes along the front of the half-cut 1x2" primed MDF trim (Image 3). Secure each hinged plywood panel to the hinged half-cut MDF trim piece using wood screws through the holes of the piano hinge, then through the trim. Lastly, use wood filler and a spackle knife to cover holes made with screws.
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