One of the things we wanted in our new mid century modern sunroom was a big screen TV. But we didn’t want it to be the main focal point on the wall. So my husband built a DIY barn door hidden TV cabinet to hide the TV when not in use.
Barn Door Hidden TV Cabinet
The TV we purchased at Walmart is a 50″ Roku Smart TV. We also purchased the recommended TV wall mount for this size TV.
To create the sliding barn doors – in a modern style of course – we started with a closet door hardware set by Everbilt that was for sliding closet doors. These were sturdy and definitely much less expensive than a barn door kit. We purchased ours from Home Depot.
Since we intended to hide the hardware for the cabinet anyway, the use of closet sliding door hardware was better than the larger barn door hardware for our project.
To hide the closet sliding door hardware, a frame needed to be built around it.
First, my husband took measurements of the sliding door hardware and the wall to to find the middle of the wall, and the middle of the hardware bar, to know exactly where to build the box frame.
The box frame is built with deck rail brackets and 2 x 4s. Then the entire hardware frame is concealed behind a constructed box of 1 x 4s built around it.
The hardware frame was installed on the wall using deck rail brackets and two short 7 inch 2 x 4s drilled in place to each side and above the TV.
The depth of these side wood pieces were cut to cover the depth of the TV we purchased. This cut piece will be different for what style or brand of TV you have to cover.
The spacing of the two small blocks was determined by the size of the TV and the width of the closet sliding door hardware rail.
Another 2 x 4 was screwed in place the length between the shorter boards that also had the sliding closet door bar attached underneath it. This 2 x 4 was attached to the two shorter boards to create the box frame.
Above is a view of the the assembled wood and hardware from the bottom of the constructed frame and with the 1 x 4 box built around it.
For the doors, he used a 1/2 inch MDF board.
The MDF was cut down for two smaller boards to fit over the width and height of the TV. Again, the size was determined by what we needed to cover the size of our TV. Our doors were cut at 36 inches high by 22 inches wide.
As a decorative accent on the doors, he cut the remaining MDF board in 2 inch strips to create the modern decorative trim all around the face of the doors.
The top trim piece does not go all the way up to the top of the cut board. The hardware to hang the door in the closet sliding hardware will be installed at the top of the each board.
This will be hidden beneath the 1 x 4 trim pieces installed over the 2 x 4s frame and will not show. So one piece of the trim is glued on lower than the others so that the installed door looks good when hung on the sliding door hardware.
All of the trim pieces were attached to the MDF board with wood glue.
Above is the interior view of the barn door hardware that is attached to the top of the door and inserted in the closet sliding door hardware.
The doors and the box frame were all painted in the same paint used on the exterior of our home, and the two existing walls of the sunroom.
My husband also installed a special remote controlled LED tape light at the top of the cabinet frame that is hidden by the 1 x 4 trim boards.
With the barn doors closed, you can’t see the TV or the light strip at all. And since it is painted the same color as the wall, the cabinet is not the prominent feature on the wall, especially once the furniture is in place and the artwork hung.
But what about the Tape lights?
When I first revealed our mid century modern sunroom I couldn’t show the light feature because our dog, Recon, chewed up the remote.
After contacting the company for the tape light and receiving a replacement remote, I can now show the light feature of the TV cabinet.
With this light tape, you can change the color and dim the lights.
Here is a view of the doors closed.
The final step was to install a wall mounted cord cover to hide the cords for the TV and the light tape. This was also painted to match the wall color. It blends in with the wall details.
This hidden TV wall cabinet with sliding doors is a great feature of our new modern sunroom
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Jannel on Aug 24, 2021
Great job. It really looks good. I also think something like artwork, a stencil or even pretty contact paper would love great.
Can I say this?.... You have some adorable pieces in there. They just don't fit where they are.
If you put a larger table under the TV and take the two smaller ones away....maybe in another part of the room, this would balance out better. The table and the decor would draw the eye away from the TV. Even with an eclectic style, which is mine, things still need to be balanced.