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.

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  1. Modern Appeal

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    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.

    Related: Modern Furniture You Can Make with Most Unexpected Materials


  2. Distressed Display

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    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.

    Related: 15 Shipping Pallet Projects for the DIY Home


  3. Retro Revamp

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    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

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    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


    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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