The television is often the focal piece in a family room or bedroom. People spend hours watching TV and looking at the area surrounding it. When a TV stand breaks or simply becomes an eyesore, the viewer's thoughts might turn to a creative replacement. You can make your own TV stand to suit your personal tastes.
Measure the width and depth of your TV.
Purchase durable, plastic stacking storage crates from your local retailer or craft store. Purchase twice the number needed for the TV to sit on plus an six additional crates. Use your TV measurements to determine how many will be needed to safely sit the TV. Decorative crates come in various sizes. You will need to carefully measure the solid surface area of the crate with the opening facing forward. If your TV measures 15 inches across at the base and the crate measure only 12, you will need to use two crates to create a base.
Lay your dust sheet on the floor and arrange a layer of crates wide enough and long enough to hold your TV safely. The crates' openings should face forward. Apply epoxy glue to the bottom of a second layer of crates and stack them on top of the first layer. Allow the glue to dry.
Create two additional stacks, each three crates high using the epoxy to hold them in place. Place one on each side of your TV base.
Paint your crates to the desired colour using polymer paint made for plastics. Be creative with your colour scheme.
Put your stand in place and place your TV on the base between the outer stacks. Fill the open spaces with DVD's or decorations.
- "Crafts 'n Things Magazine"; Decorative Stands; Spring 2002
- Crates come in various colours. Choosing the right colours can eliminate the need to paint.
- Use epoxy glue according to the directions on the package. Always work in a well-ventilated area.