I always felt our television in the master bedroom was an eye sore. It stuck out like a sore thumb. My husband recommended we inset the TV in the wall. Genius. *Don’t tell him I said that.* We needed a way to cover it and decided on sliding TV barn doors.
The first step was to inset the TV in the wall. This can be a bit of a challenge because you’re working with studs, in our case, plumbing and electrical wires. You can hire a contractor to do this if needed. We framed it out and added a cross beam as to not effect the load bearing wall. ( Look at me sounding like Chip Gaines.) I used plywood to finish out the inside and painted it. Then we added 2 framed boxes to house the components.
The next step was to build the sliding TV barn doors. Once I had the dimensions, I could start on the doors to cover it. Build the doors out of true one by 2 inch cedar, and cedar planks. You really need to use cedar wood because it is so light weight it won’t bend steel on track later. First, I built the frame with angle cuts on the end, drill pilot holes and put two screws in each corner of the frame offset. Next lay the frame on the table with fence pickets lying crossways inside the frame (just as furring strips to hold the ones I wanted to mount in the middle). Then laid my pickets that I wanted to mount to the frame on top of the crossways ones. Once it looked right, I shot 18 gauge finish nails through the frame into the pickets.
I mounted the casters to the top of the TV barn doors after spray painting them black. Its important to use the materials listed below because of size for proper sliding and mounting reasons. I mounted my casters ultimately 5 inches from the edge of the door corner to the edge of the caster mounting plate. This is important because that’s what your doors will stop on when they open and close on the track. I laid out the tracks as straight as I could with a 10 inch piece of angle iron dead center. I tack welded the angle iron onto the flat steel track. We tested to make sure the doors were going to close right with no gap in the middle.
The next step was to put smaller 2 inch or so pieces of angle iron at the ends of the track where I want to my doors to stop when they were open. I cut off the excess flat steel, drilled two holes in each of the in pieces of angle iron, and four holes in the center angle iron. We mounted the angle iron above the TV making sure to get at least three screws in studs. Then we painted the doors and put a couple of vintage handles on them. At this point the barn doors are ready to hang. We unscrewed the nuts on the wheels of the casters so that the wheels would come off. Hang the barn doors on the track and reinsert the nut and bolt with the wheel in place.
3 Cedar Fence Pickets
2 Inch General Duty Rubber Rigid Casters (4) model # F25748 internet # 204695835
2 48 Inch Everbilt 1 1/2 Inch Plain Steel Flat Bar in 3/16 inch thick model # 801907 internet # 204225756
Two Inch Plain Steel Angle Iron
Paint Of Choice
Welder (optional as you can also screw together instead of welding)
Here are the tv barn doors completed and installed. What projects have you been working on? Comment below and let me know!
If you’d like to see how we added a barn door over the bathroom door, you can read all about it here!
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