How to Build a TV in the Wall

Updated April 17, 2017

Integrating televisions into the design of a room has become increasingly easier thanks to flat screen technology. Measuring only three to five inches thick, building a recessed home for them is now a viable choice when locating a television in a room. Choosing the location to build the recessed area for television requires taking into account access to a power source, the optimal height for watching television, as well as the size of the recessed area, including leaving space for the television and any audio and visual components that will be attached to that television.

Locate and mark the left and right edges of the studs in a wall, using an electric stud finder.

Measure the location of where the television is to sit. Account for an extra shelf or two for other audio/visual equipment. The centre of the screen should be about eye level from the main viewing spot. Draw lines with a pencil to mark the location on the wall. Use a level to ensure all lines are straight and even.

Use goggles to protect the eyes. Cut several peep holes in the drywall where the television is to be placed. Angle the edges at 45 degrees to keep the cutout from falling inside the wall. Look in the wall for any wires or pipes prior to cutting out the entire panel.

Cut out the drywall panel where the recessed frame is to go.

Measure the 2x4s to fit between the wall studs. Measure the size of the television as well as the audio visual equipment. Cut the wood to form the frame of the recessed box that can accommodate all the equipment. Cut a shelf or two to hold extra audio/video equipment. Measure and cut the plywood to fit the back of the frame area.

Cut a hole in the plywood to house power outlets. Consult with a qualified electrician to run power to the back of the recessed frame.

Position the shelves using a level inside the outer edges of the frame. Measure again to make sure all electronic components will fit. Mark the shelf positions. Add wood glue to the ends of the shelves. Clamp them into place. Glue the edges of the top and bottom pieces of the frame. Clamp them into place. Use the nail gun to secure all pieces of the frame and shelves. Nail the plywood back into place.

Position the frame between the studs in the wall. Pull all new wiring through the hole in the back of the plywood. Level the unit and make sure it is flush with the wall. Clamp the frame into place.

Drill pilot holes through the frame and into the studs. Drive wood screws through the pilot holes to secure the frame in place.

Secure the power outlet to the back of the unit.

Cut plywood to serve as a frame for the new unit. Cut enough to cover any gaps that exist from the project. Nail the frame in place. Paint or stain the frame to customise the project even more.

Position the television and all electronic equipment in the unit. Plug the equipment in.

Things You'll Need

  • Electric stud finder
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Level
  • Goggles
  • Wallboard saw
  • 2x4s
  • Plywood
  • Table saw
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
  • Pneumatic nail gun
  • Drill
  • Wood screws
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About the Author

Gregory M. Dew has been writing about arts and culture since 1998. His work has been published in "The Ohio State Lantern," "Columbus Wired" and "Columbus Yogurt." Dew has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Ohio State University.