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DIY Monitor Cover

Today’s post is a DIY Monitor Cover.

Monitor screens can honestly become the hiding place of a massive web of wires. At one point in time, we had three game systems all hooked up to one monitor and let me tell you there were wires everywhere!!! Thankfully, we have downgraded to only one gaming system. Even with only one system there are still wires and stuff to hide.

We have created two different styles of monitor covers that we are going to share with you today.

The first one has a vertical sliding front panel so it can be mounted in a small space. The second one has two panels on the front that slide horizontally outwards.  This style is great for concealing a monitor over a fireplace or a larger wall.

Unfortunately, we can’t add all the measurements because monitors come in all different sizes and thicknesses. What we can do is tell you how we determined the measurements for the cabinet.

Step 1:

Measure the monitor’s width then add an extra 10 inches to determine the measurement for the total width of the cabinet.

(Example: our monitor was 29” wide so we made our cabinet 39” wide.)

Step 2:

Measure the monitor’s height and add an extra 6 inches to that measurement for the total height of the monitor cabinet.

(Example: our monitor was 17 inches high so we made our cabinet 23 inches high)

Step 3:

The depth of the cabinet will depend on your monitor wall mount and the thickness of your monitor. Measure the depth of your screen and the depth of the wall mount. Add the measurements together. Next, add an extra 2 inches to determine the depth of your cabinet. Our monitor was a flat screen with a full motion wall mount and 7 inches deep was the perfect depth.

Now that you have your measurements you are ready to build. We chose to use aged 1×4’s and some aged 1×6’s for our cabinet but you can use new pine from the hardware store if you like.

Supplies Needed:

We won’t be able to tell you the wood supply amount because all monitors are not created equal. we can tell you that you should use 1 inch, thick boards. We used already aged wood to create a farm style look.

  • 1 inch thick boards (to create frame and front panel)
  • 1/4′ x 4″ strips of wood cut to the width of your front panel (used to join panel together by gluing and nailing to the back)
  • 4-6 L-Brackets (for mounting frame to the wall)
  • Nail gun
  • Drill
  • Air compressor
  • 1 1/2 inch brad nails
  • Wood glue
  • 2- drawer slides (for vertical measure the height of the door panels, for horizontal measure the width of each door and purchase slides to match those measurements)
  • (2) Small barrel bolts (for the vertical sliding door to hold it up when open)

Click the video below to get a visual of how we built the console cover.

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Michele

 

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