After attaching a flat screen television to a wall, a home must be found for the video components. An entertainment center is an alternative display option but it consumes a lot of space. A recessed niche in the wall will hold the television and all associated components without cluttering the room or consuming square footage. Save money by building it yourself.
You will need:
• ¾-inch birch plywood
• Reciprocal saw
• Circular saw
• Drill with extender and spade bit
• Pneumatic nail gun
• Black paint
• Paint for molding
• Carpenter’s glue
• Tape measure
• Safety goggles
• Face mask
Step 1: Measure the television length, width, and height with the tape measure. Cut a small hole in the wall where the television will be displayed to verify that there are no pipes or wires behind this area. Do the same for a box for the video components, if desired.
Step 2: Use the pencil, tape measure, and level to mark the measurements for the television and video component openings on the wall. Put on the safety goggles and face mask. Cut out rough openings with the reciprocal saw. Pull out the drywall, breaking it into pieces with the hammer, if needed.
Step 3: Construct a box from the plywood that is large enough to hold the television and slip into the rough opening, gluing and nailing the pieces together. Construct a smaller box for the video components. Paint the interior of each box with the black paint.
Step 4: Attach the extender and spade bit to the drill and drill holes through each box so power and connection cords can be run through the boxes. Put each box into place in the wall and run and install the wiring, getting help from an electrician as needed.
Step 5: Nail each box in place in the wall openings.
Step 6: Paint the molding an appropriate color. After the paint dries, glue and nail the molding around the edge of each box.
Step 7: Install the television into the large box and the video components into the smaller box.
*Photo Courtesy of Waldo Jaquith via Creative Commons License