10 Easy Ways to Build Your Own TV Stand

For many, there's nothing more relaxing than curling up in the living room with a great TV show or movie. But are you tired of having to crane your neck to see that wall-mounted flat-screen, or are you looking to replace that standard-issue melamine console? Here are 10 easy, fun, and inexpensive DIY TV stand projects to make winding down with your favorite shows even more enjoyable.

  1. Modern Appeal

    Plywood TV Stand

    To build this contemporary, whimsical, and functional DIY TV stand, you need nothing more than about 40 bucks and the willingness to put in a little elbow grease. Simply cut some furniture-grade plywood into narrow strips, stack them, and add some ready-made hairpin legs—or even concrete blocks—and voilà! You’ve got a midcentury media console.

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  2. Distressed Display

    DIY Pallet Table

    Who knew a dusty old pallet could be transformed so perfectly into a funky DIY TV stand, complete with a glass-topped display case? Sand it if you want, or keep all the charm, texture, and character of the original surface.

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  3. Retro Revamp

    Dresser TV Stand

    Although we keep them front and center for after-work Netflix binges, TVs don’t always make the most attractive statement in a room. Amp up the style factor by displaying your TV on an old dresser, which can be sanded, painted, and otherwise gussied up to be both a beautiful and functional answer to this entertainment quandary. Store remotes, video games, or other small items in the drawers, and try screwing or gluing a small basket to the back to hold wires neatly.

    Related: Dressing Up the Dresser—11 Creative DIY Transformations


  4. Rustic and Refined

    Rustic TV Stand

    Whether you want to add another wood accent to your homespun abode or bring some rough-hewn contrast to your urban-chic apartment, this DIY TV stand is a great way to do it. In a few hours (and for as little as $100, including wood and hardware), you can create a beautiful and functional piece of furniture that can hold your TV as well as books, art, knickknacks, and more.

    Related: 10 Insanely Creative Shelves You Can DIY


  5. Door Decor

    Upcycled Door TV Stand

    An old door—whether you find it at an estate sale, on the curb, or in a trash bin—can be easily repurposed into a fantastic TV console. With a little ingenuity and a Kreg Jig (trust us: it’s a DIYer’s best friend), you can build a beautiful and sturdy stand for your TV or home entertainment system out of even a seriously dinged-up door. For portability and a cool industrial look, add shopping-cart wheels or casters.

    Related: 10 New Uses for Old Doors


  6. Classic Copycat

    Wooden Entertainment Center

    Wooden entertainment centers from home stores are almost always gorgeous—and almost always way too expensive. Take a page out of this blogger’s book and make a similar version yourself. You’ll love how the thoughtful details and hidden storage make this a practical and stylish home for any television set.

    Related: 10 Ways to Redecorate Without Spending a Dime


  7. Pipe Dreams

    DIY Pipe Table

    Pipes: They’re not just for plumbing anymore. Combine this standard home improvement essential with some wood and a few tools, and you’ll have the makings for an incredibly simple industrial-style entertainment center.

    Related: 10 Top DIY Pipe Fitting Projects


  8. Clever Corners

    Kids Room Storage Ideas

    If you have an older TV—or are just not keen on letting your flat-screen model take up a large amount of space—consider fashioning a corner stand. This blogger’s solution is a double whammy: easy and inexpensive. All you need are two sheets of medium-density fiberboard (MDF) cut to fit the triangular space where your walls intersect and a couple of premade MDF shelves.

    Related: 15 DIY Storage Ideas to Help Corral Your Kids' Clutter


  9. Concrete Chic

    Cinder Block Shelves

    You can get the look of an industrial-chic SoHo loft even if you live in a suburban split level—and you can do it in a snap, with mostly found (or very cheap) materials. Cinder blocks house your DVD and CD collections, while plywood surfaces stack to hold your consoles and television set. Add a few decorative touches for a personal finish.

    Related: 8 Great DIY Ways to Use Cinder Blocks


  10. Crate Creation

    Upcycled TV Stand

    Square, stackable beer crates make for a surprisingly efficient DIY TV stand that can house your DVD player and cable box as well as your burgeoning movie collection. Stain them for a smooth finish, or keep them as is for a rustic, vintage look.

    Related: 8 New Ways to Use Old Wooden Crates


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