One of the best ways to update any room in your home is to install a custom built-in entertainment center. This can be a very simple project and will likely only require one afternoon of your time. If you are looking for a more challenging project, this could be done in such a way that you can still access the wall behind the theater system by building in doors on each side of the cabinet.
Determine your design.
Once you’ve determined the size, depth and height of your entertainment center, think about how you want to decorate it.
The most important thing to consider when designing an in wall entertainment center is what kind of room it will be in. If the room is large and open, go for something simple that won’t take up too much space visually or physically. The larger the room, the more open it can feel. On the other hand if your space is small then you will want to put more thought into designing a solution that doesn’t overwhelm your home theater experience but instead enhances it by giving off a classy vibe with matching colors and furniture pieces that complement each other well
You also need to think about what kind of lifestyle you live before choosing an entertainment center design so as not make any mistakes later when building one yourself or buying pre-built ones online because they might not match up with how often/much time people spend inside their homes during certain seasons (like winter months).
Return to the site where you will be installing the entertainment center and measure the distance between your studs.
- Return to the site where you will be installing the entertainment center and measure the distance between your studs. A stud finder is a handy tool that can help you do this efficiently and accurately; they’re available in hardware stores and online.
- Use a tape measure or yardstick, marking down the width of each stud on your drywall at least 2 feet apart so you have enough space for attaching it to each one. If there are no studs at all between where you want to place it, use 1-by-3 lumber as spacers and attach these in place with screws from behind before screwing into them from above with 4″ wood screws (the length of which depends on how wide apart your two walls are).
- Measure the depth of the TV itself including any mountings for wall mounts or other attachments—you may need additional boards depending on how much space is left once these are added.
Measure the width of the electronic components that will be housed in the entertainment center.
Before you can begin building your entertainment center, you need to measure the width of your electronic components. The easiest way to measure this is by using a tape measure.
- Take a look at how many inches deep each component will be and add them together. If you have more than one component, make sure they all fit on one shelf before committing yourself to building an entire piece of furniture around them.
- Measure from front-to-back and side-to-side (from top left corner down to bottom right corner). Then check that those measurements are at least 1 inch wider than any part of your electronics so that they can slide in and out easily without getting stuck.
Build a frame for each shelf out of 1×2 lumber.
- You’ll need three pieces of 1×2 lumber for each shelf.
- Use a nail gun to attach the pieces together, and make sure to use 3 1/2 inch nails that are not too long, short, wide or narrow.
Nail each shelf frame into place within the wall using 3 1/2 inch nails.
Nail each shelf frame into place within the wall using 3 1/2 inch nails. Make sure you are nailing into a stud, and use a nail gun to speed up the process. If you don’t have access to a nail gun, you can use an air compressor to drive them in manually. Make sure not to hit any wires or pipes when driving them into place.
Once all of your nails are installed, you should then secure the wood shelves by screwing them into place from below (if there is no access from above).
Nail another 1×3 support piece above each shelf frame to connect all of your shelves together into one unit.
To connect all of your shelves together into one unit, nail another 1×3 support piece above each shelf frame. This will help to keep everything in place and keep the shelves from sagging over time.
Make sure that your finished project is level, square, and straight before moving on to the next step
Cut a piece of plywood wood 1/4-inch smaller than your entertainment center opening to create a backer board for your installation.
To make sure your entertainment center installation is even, you’ll need to cut a backer board for the opening. Cut a piece of plywood wood 1/4-inch smaller than your entertainment center opening to create the backer board.
Use a jigsaw or circular saw to cut the plywood so it fits perfectly inside your entertainment center opening, making sure that it’s at least an inch larger than all sides of your TV.
Use a square and level as well as pencil marks on all four sides of the plywood to ensure that it’s perfectly square with all three dimensions: length, width, and height (also known as thickness).
Center your backer board into your opening and nail it into place with 2 inch finishing nails at every stud.
- Center your backer board into your opening and nail it into place with 2 inch finishing nails at every stud.
- Using a hammer, drive the nails in every 6 inches along the entire length of the backer board.
- For extra strength you can use a nail gun or even just a hammer drill to do this step.
You can create an entertainment center that matches your furniture seamlessly
When choosing the size of your entertainment center, it’s important to take into account how much room you have to work with. You can use a 1×2 frame and add a backer board to the back of your entertainment center so that it sits flush against a wall. A 1×3 support piece in between each stud will help create stability within your structure.
To get started, measure the distance between each wall stud on either side of where you want to install your new entertainment center. This will tell you how many vertical supports are needed for this project before drilling any holes into the walls themselves! Once that’s done, measure out an area large enough for all of these pieces plus any additional storage containers or items from which they might choose their favorite shows/movies/games etc…
The best advice we can give is to get started on your project today. The sooner you start, the sooner you will have a beautiful in-wall entertainment center for your living room. As with any DIY project, it is important to go slowly and carefully so that you don’t make costly mistakes. We hope this article has given you some insight into what it takes to build an in-wall entertainment center and inspire your creativity as well