Let me tell ya: there’s nothing like catching a movie on the big screen. And the best part is you don’t need to go to a theater to do it! With just a few tools and some planning, you can create your own at-home theater experience right in your own living room. Here’s what you’ll need for this project:
Measure the space.
Measure the space. Measure the height and width of your wall, and then measure from the wall to wherever your TV will be. You’ll need to know how far away from the wall it will be so that you can make sure to cut a hole big enough for it. Also, make sure to measure how high up on your ceiling you want to put it—if possible, try to avoid placing it directly in front of a window (unless you’re planning on blocking out all of its light).
Draw up a plan and order supplies.
Before you begin, it’s important to draw up a plan and make sure that you have all of the supplies you need.
- Make sure you have enough supplies.
- Make sure you have the right tools.
- Make sure you have enough time before your big project starts.
- Make sure you have enough space for everything as well as a clean place to work in order for everything to go smoothly
Mark where studs are in the wall.
- Mark where studs are in the wall. Use a stud finder to locate the center of your recessed TV mount and mark it on your wall with paint or tape. You’ll need to make sure that when you hang your TV, it will fit into this opening.
- Cut out the drywall around the marks with a circular saw. It’s best to cut through both sides of the drywall at once so they stay flush together while you work—this way, you won’t have any gaps between pieces later on! Be careful not to cut too deep into either side of your marked line; leave about 3/4 inch (2 cm) for support behind whatever material is going against this area after mounting hardware has been installed inside as well as from above down below where things like cables come out from behind televisions onto stands/desks etc…
Cut out the drywall from inside your marks.
The first step to creating a recessed wall for your television is to cut out the drywall from inside your marks. You will need a utility knife and a tape measure to complete this step. Measure in 3 inches beyond each side of the studs, then use your utility knife to cut out the drywall between those measurements in a way that leaves the studs in place. Make sure that you make your cuts level with the floor so that when you screw into them later, everything will be perfectly flush.
Remove any nails or wires from inside your newly created wall cavity.
- Remove any nails or wires from inside your newly created wall cavity.
- You may want to wear gloves if you are removing nails.
- Remove these nails or wires carefully so that you do not accidentally destroy anything else inside the wall, such as the electrical wiring. Also, be careful not to cut yourself on any sharp edges of wooden studs or panels.
You can purchase plywood at your local hardware store and it should look something like this:
Install headers and feet for the new frame.
- Install headers and feet for the new frame.
- Install drywall as needed to cover the new frame, including any extra material that will be hidden behind the framing itself (e.g., if you’re putting in a recessed wall, you’ll need to hang some drywall on either side of it).
- Hang the TV on its brackets before securing the bracket to studs with screws or bolts through holes drilled into them (depending on how your bracket is designed).
Add plywood to fill the gaps between your frame pieces.
To make a recessed wall for your TV, you will need to add plywood that is at least 1/2″ thick to fill the gaps between your frame pieces. Cut this plywood to size so it fits snugly between the frame pieces, then glue it in place using plywood adhesive. Finally, secure the plywood with a nail gun and use some wood filler to smooth out any imperfections.
Returning back to our original question: How do I fix this? First things first: take down all of your shelving (if possible). Then you’ll want to remove everything from behind those shelves—it’s going down there! You can work around some things if they’re not too big or heavy; however, anything too big will have to be removed entirely. After that’s done, measure out where each piece needs to go and mark them with pencil so they’re easy for everyone else working on this project! Lastly—and most importantly—start building.
Cut drywall to size and install it in the wall cavity.
- Cut drywall to size and install it in the wall cavity. (Note: It’s important to buy drywall that is the same thickness as your wall.)
- Use a drywall saw to cut it. (A circular saw can also be used.)
- Use a drywall knife to cut it.
- Use a drywall hammer to cut it.
This will give you an idea of how much room you have for installing recessed shelves, or whatever else you’d like on your walls.
Tape and mud all of the seams in your drywall.
What you will need:
- A drywall knife
- A trowel
- A roller
Sand everything down so it’s smooth and even.
- Sand everything down so it’s smooth and even.
- Use a vacuum to clean up the dust and debris that sanding creates.
- Wipe down the walls with a damp cloth (you can skip this if you’re using an acrylic paint). Wipe off any excess paint from the walls, as well; make sure there aren’t any streaks or globs of paint left behind when you’re finished.
- Wipe down both sides of your new TV mount bracket with a damp cloth, then let it dry completely before installing on your wall.
Prime, paint, and hang your TV!
- Prime, paint and hang your TV
- Install the TV bracket
- Connect the cables
- Test the TV
This is a simple project but you need to do it carefully and follow instructions well in order to succeed!
Before proceeding with this project, it is important to know that you can damage your wall and/or cause an electrical fire if you are not careful. It’s also possible that the project could fail entirely and require that you start over again.
Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Carefully measure the depth of your wall studs before cutting into them or drywall. They should be 1 1/2″ thick, but check this measurement with a tape measure before cutting anything.
- If you think there may be any plumbing pipes under where you’re going to cut out your recessed TV area, avoid those areas or ask someone who knows about plumbing (like a plumber). You don’t want to ruin any pipes by accidentally cutting into one while trying to make room for your new TV cabinet.
This is a simple project but you need to do it carefully and follow instructions well in order to succeed.