11 DIY Entertainment Centers For A Better Viewing Experience!

by craftmin | December 19, 2017

Are you constantly thinking about how to best arrange your entertainment center for your bedroom and living room? You don’t have to anymore! With these 11 DIY Entertainment center arrangements, your Television, DVD player, Cable box, Speakers, and any other entertainment devices you have, will be all together in a great spot!

 

11 DIY ENTERTAINMENT CENTER ARRANGEMENT PLANS AND A STEP BY STEP GUIDE :

These 11 free DIY entertainment centers will certainly assist you in creating functional and stunning furniture that will hold your entertainment devices safe for years! These free entertainment center plans come with complete and detailed pictures, blueprints, a list of essential materials, specific cut lists, step-by-step directions, and how-to photos to help you achieve the best DIY entertainment center for your home!

Build this beautiful DIY Entertainment centerpiece in less than 2 weeks!

500 bucks diy entertainment center

Source: Lowes

This simple but beautiful DIY entertainment centerpiece only takes 1-2 weeks to make which is not bad for such a chic and functional piece of furniture. The cost of this project is also no more than 500 bucks which saves you money without compromising the design.

 

Materials for the project:

To kick-start your DIY entertainment center, gather the following materials and tools.

  • 2 pieces of Oak plywood with 3/4-in x 4-ft x 8-ft measurements
  • 1 piece of Oak plywood with 1/4-in x 2-ft x 4-ft measurements
  • 2 pieces of Oak board with 1-in x 3-in x 8 ft measurements
  • A table Saw
  • A circular Saw
  • A straightedge

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After ensuring that all of the materials and tools you need are within your reach, you can now start building your own entertainment center!

 

 PREPARE YOUR OAK PLYWOOD:

[STEP 1 – initial step]

  • Place the two pieces of Oak plywood on top of each other. Make sure that the edges are all aligned then lay-out the parts that will be cut.
  • Drive screws to secure the sheets of plywood together, placing the screws in waste areas and preventing the pieces of Oak plywood from moving.
  • Use your circular saw to make the rough cuts.
  • Trim the rough cuts using your table saw.

TIP: When cutting longer pieces of plywood, cut with a slow and careful motion. It is always better to cut shorter pieces of wood with a table saw, because longer pieces of woods tend to break easily.

 

[STEP 2 – check your measurements]

  • Cut two spacers measuring from the width of the circular saw base, from the edge of the base to the edge of the blade.

step 2 diy entertainment center

 

[STEP 3 – set up a straightedge]

  • Use and set up a straight-edge rule. Pieces of wood measuring 1-in x 4-in or 1-in x 6-in is already good enough for this project.
  • Position the two spacers across the initial layout line. Align the straight-edge to the wood spacers and clamp it into place to avoid unnecessary movement.

Use spacers to position straightedge

 

[STEP 4- start cutting!]

Make cut using straightedge.

  • Discard the spacers and start making the cuts. Run the base of the saw to the straightedge.

[STEP 5 -more cutting!]

  • Use the table saw and start cutting the top and bottom panels.
  • Trim the remaining Oak plywood pieces to create a divider, side shelves, and more panels.

TIP: Since plywood is thinner than normal wood, you can assemble two pieces of plywoods together. Then to cut the dividers, you can subtract the thickness of the two pieces of plywood from the length of the ends B.

[STEP 6- do the drill!]

Bring jig to panel

  • Start drilling pocket holes at the ends of the top and bottom, and as well as to the bottom part of the center shelf.

TIP: Use a smaller handheld jig on bigger panels when you are drilling pocket holes to make the process of drilling holes a lot easier than with drilling holes in a fixed saw on a bench.

[STEP 7 – conceal unsightly parts of your Oak plywood]

Apply veneer edging.

  • Apply an iron-on veneer edging to conceal the unsightly layers of your Oak plywood.
  • Use a regular household iron on a cotton setting in applying the veneer edging.
  • After the household iron has warmed up, cut the veneer edging with a 1 inch allowance before applying to the Oak plywood.
  • Use feather-light pressure when ironing.
  • Use a utility knife to trim the veneer edging.
  • Use a sandpaper to flatten the veneer.

 

[STEP 8 – additional cutting!]

  • Do not attach the backs until the veneer edging is finished. This way, you will save yourself from the trouble of accessing the back part later.

 ASSEMBLE THE CASE OF YOUR ENTERTAINMENT CENTER:

 [STEP 1 – test the fit]

  • The top and bottom needs two grooves for the rails of the aluminum door.
  • Use your table saw to cut the groove in 3/8-in measurements from the front edge.
  • Don’t forget to test whether the aluminum fits as you cut the grooves.
  • Repeat the process until all of the remaining grooves have been finished.

TIP: If the aluminum door is too narrow, slip the table saw fence over 1/32-in measurement to make another pass.

 

[STEP 2- assemble the center section of your entertainment center]

Space center shelves with scrap.

  • Assemble and arrange the center section of the case of your entertainment center.
  • Cut four 5-in pieces of plywood to use as a spacer.
  • Use glue to stick and secure the ends of the center shelves.
  • Drive the pocket screws through the shelf into the dividers.
  • Drive the screw to attach the second center shelf.
  • Ensure that the front edges are aligned as you assemble the center section of your entertainment center.

 

[STEP 3 – Install the bottom part of your entertainment center]

  • Install the bottom part of the center section. The bottom part should be flush to the back edge of the dividers and centered on the center assembly.
  • Mark the position of the dividers on the bottom.
  • Glue the dividers and rest the bottom in place.
  • Apply clamps.
  • Drill countersunk holes.
  • Attach the bottom to the dividers.

 

[STEP 4 – add the top]

  • Flip the project over and install the top part.
  • Ensure that the top partition is aligned to the center section with the back edges flush.

 

[STEP 5 – secure with glue and pocket holes]

Add ends using pocket screws.

  • Place the ends against the top and bottom parts.
  • Use glue and pocket holes to secure the ends to the assembled case.

 

[STEP 6 – install the shelves on the cabinet]

Measure for side shelves.

  • Measure the distance between the dividers and the ends.
  • Cut the side shelves.
  • Drill pocket holes into the bottom face of the shelves.
  • Add veneer edging to the front.
  • Use sand to flatten the veneer edging.
  • Install shelves in the cabinet with the help of pocket holes and a screw.

 

[STEP 7 – cut doors and drawers]

  • Cut the door panel and drawer panels.
  • Cut a groove down the center of the door face and the drawer face.
  • Use your table saw set with the blade 1/8-inch above the table.
  • Cutting a grove this way creates the illusion of a pair of doors and drawers.

 

[STEP 8 – drill holes for the door and drawer]

Drill holes for cup pulls

  • Drill two holes with the following measurements: 3/3-in and 3/8-in deep for the cup pulls in each of the door and drawer.

 

RUNNERS, DOORS, DRAWERS, AND THE BASE

 [STEP 1 – prepare your door panel runners]

  • Cut four pieces of aluminum bars measuring 1/8-in x 3/4-in to fit with the grooves in the top and bottom.  These aluminum bars will serve as your door panel runner.

 

[STEP 2- make use of feather boards]

Groove top and bottom of doors.

  • Add a feather board to the table saw. Set the blade to 3/8-in higher than the table.
  • Place the fence to cut a groove centered in the width of the 3/4-in Oak plywood, about 5/16-in away from the blade.
  • The feather board will make sure that the panels are pressed against the fence to secure control as you pass the door against the saw blade.
  • Make a pass along the top edge of the first panel with the inside face against the fence.
  • Turn the panel so the outside face is against the fence and make a second pass – ensuring the groove is centered.
  • Repeat for the other two panels.

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[STEP 3 – re-adjust the blade]

  • Lower the blade to 1/8-in and groove the bottom edges of the door and drawer panels.

[STEP 4 – test the fit!]

Test-fit doors.

  • Check whether the doors fit properly by fitting the top of the door in the upper rail.
  • Swing the bottom of the door in and lower it onto the bottom runner.
  • Make any necessary adjustments with the grooves for a smoother slide.

 

[STEP 5 – add veneer edging]

  • Add the veneer edging to the sides of the doors.
  • Use sand paper to flatten the veneer edging.
  • Remove the excess veneer edging using a utility knife.

 

[STEP 6 – assemble the base frame]

  • Cut the long rails.
  • Drill pocket holes.
  • Use sandpaper to flatten the parts.
  • Arrange and assemble the base frame with the cross rails inset from the ends of the long rails by 4-in.
  • Use glue and screws to secure the base.
  • Set the frame aside.

 

[STEP 7 – prepare the planks]

  • Cut the wide top planks and narrow top planks.
  • Use sand paper to flatten and ease the edges of the planks.

 

[STEP 8 – prepare the base or blank]

  • cut the aluminum legs.
  • Cut plywood strips to 12-in to create a base for the feet of the entertainment center.
  • Cut the base to fit inside the aluminum legs.
  • Cut it again according to the width and a second time to the thickness.
  • Once the base slips into the legs, cut the base to 4 equal lengths for the feet.

 

[STEP 9 – coat, coat, coat!]

  • Use a piece of sandpaper to smooth and flatten the parts before applying a finish.
  • Coat the top, base frame, and feet with a good stain of deep ebony color.
  • Apply a coat of clear finish to all parts, including the case and doors, after the first coat of paint has dried.
  • Once dried, lightly sand with a 320-grit sanding sponge.
  • Apply another coat of clear finish to all parts.
  • Apply a third coat of clear finish, after the second coat has dried for extra protection.

 

[STEP 10 – make use of epoxy!]

  • Using a buffing pad, sand the aluminum runners of the door and drawers. Afterwards, install into the case using 5-minute epoxy.
  • Following the instructions on the manufacturer’s guide, mix a small amount of epoxy.
  • Apply to the edge of the aluminum in 4 to 5 small spots, and fit into the case.
  • Tap the rails with a block of wood to make sure they are set.
  • Clamp the top runners while the epoxy sets.

 

FINAL ASSEMBLY!

[STEP 1 -arrange the planks]

  • Drill 1/8-in of pilot holes through the top to attach the top planks.
  • Position the top planks with the ends to align with the surface.
  • Flip the case upside down and center it on the top planks.

TIP: Protect your work with a cloth or blanket to avoid destroying the coated finish.

 

[STEP 2 – attach the planks]

Attach the top to case.

  • Mark the position of the holes in the top of the planks.
  • Remove the case.
  • Drill 1/2-in deep pilot holes at the marked positions.
  • Attach the top planks to the case with screws.

 

[STEP 3 – keep the center open!]

  • Place the back against the case.
  • Pre-drill for the pan head screws.
  • Keep the center open to make room for air circulation and to allow for easy access to the wires of your electronic devices.
  • If you want to have access to an area for wiring, drill a 1-in hole in the back area of the side compartments.

 

[STEP 4 – secure the base assembly!]

Drill holes in legs.

  • Place and secure the base assembly on the bottom of the cabinet using pocket screws.

 

 

[STEP 5 – secure the legs of the entertainment center]

Use spacer for even feet placement.

  • Drill 3/16-in holes through the legs to secure the case.
  • Afterwards, drill holes.
  • Place the legs on the entertainment center using the drilled 3/16-in holes.
  • Drill pilot holes into the case and long rails.
  • Buff the aluminum using a scuffing pad, and secure to the case.
  • Securing the top holes to the case needs 1-1/2-in-long screws, and the bottom holes and long rails need 2-in-long screws.

 

[STEP 6 – check the measurement of each leg]

  • Slide one foot into one of the legs.
  • Use a scrap of the 1-1/2-in-thick material as a spacer to ensure the feet project the same amount.
  • Place the foot, drill a pilot hole, and secure it with a screw.
  • Repeat the process for all of the remaining feet and legs.
  • Drill the pilot holes to the back face of the legs to hide the screws from the front of the entertainment center.

 

[STEP 7 – place the cup pulls in the panels]

  • Position the cup pulls into the drilled holes in the door and drawer panels.
  • Tap the pulls into the holes with a hammer.

 

[STEP 8 – Arrange and position the door and drawer panels]

  • Flip the case in an upright position and install the door and drawer panels.
  • Cover the side openings with the drawer panels.
  • Cover the center opening case with the door panel.

 

[STEP 9 – set-up your electronic devices!]

  • Set-up and arrange your electronic devices.
  • Sit back and enjoy watching a movie!

 

Here’s another 10 DIY entertainment center ideas to build for your home!

 

1.) Build this curved DIY entertainment center for your home!

curved diy entertainment set

Source: Am-wood

This entertainment set is ideal for those who want to maximize even the utmost corners of their home. This curved set not only looks good, but it also saves space. Aside from its curved features, it also contains six open shelves to make room for your other entertainment devices.

This plan from Amateur woodworker comes with an instruction list, however it contains few diagrams and relies heavily on written words. Read the instructions carefully to ensure the success of your entertainment set.

2.) Build this easy and simple DIY entertainment center for your living room!

easy diy entertainment set

Source: Extreme How-to

This DIY entertainment center plan from Extreme How-to features a cabinet that stands 4.5 feet long, is not too tall, not too short – just the right height for a good viewing experience. It also features six open shelves to store your other entertainment devices. For the cables, there is a built-in storage space installed at the back to keep them away from your eyes. Simple and clean!

This entertainment center plan contains real how-to pictures which you can follow easily as you read through the instructions and the step-by-step process provided.

To build this easier and faster, gather all of the essential materials indicated on the cut list before you start building this set.

 

3.) Try this DIY entertainment center plan made easy with color coordination!

color coded diy entertainment center

Source: Shanty 2 Chic

This entertainment center features a shelf and double-door cabinet for your entertainment media devices. The topmost surface of the white center is for the television. This actually looks simple and plain, but its simplicity is what makes it pleasant to look at.

This free plan contains color coordination for each piece of the entertainment centre, so it is very user friendly, especially for those who have never built something so complicated before. There are general diagrams with specific instructions, accompanied with real how-to images which really helps the user to get an insight on how the entertainment center should look at each stage.

4.) Build your DIY Entertainment center from Plywood!

plywood diy entertainment center

Source: Canply.org

You do not have to spend too much money on wood for your television set. In times when your budget cannot be compromised, you can rely on two or more quality boards made out of plywood! This DIY entertainment center made out of quality plywood features a lot of open-shelved storage to accommodate all of your entertainment media devices. The top-most shelf can also be filled with ornaments for those who love to put decorations on their TV center.

The free plan also contains a lot of big images indicating dimensions and illustrating how the pieces should go together.

Gather all of the essential materials indicated on the list first before beginning your DIY project to avoid any hassle.

 

5.) Build this DIY Entertainment center with 5 storages!

6 storaged television set

Source: Canply.org

This Entertainment center plan is good for those who don’t like shelves that are too tall. This plan, once finished, stands at 2.5 feet and goes a little over 4 feet wide. It features five shelves, two open shelves and three shelves enclosed in a cabinet, to accommodate all of your entertainment media devices.

This plan is also very easy to follow since it contains direct and to the point illustrations. It also shows all of the sides and angles of each piece of the entertainment center, giving you a clear picture of how things should look. Aside from the vivid illustrations, the plan also contains well-detailed written instructions for each center piece.

 

6.) Build this modular DIY Entertainment center for your living room!

modular diy entertainment centerSource: Rockler

This entertainment center features modular shelves that you can fill up with all of your entertainment media devices. Not only that, you could also choose to fill shelves with embellishments such as books, figurines, or cds!

This modular entertainment center plan also contains detailed diagrams and written instructions for a thorough building process.

7.) Hide the unsightly cables away with this DIY Entertainment center plan!

hide cables

Source: Rockler

If you hate seeing wires and cables, then this entertainment plan is for you! Hide those eyesores away by building a center plan which allows you to hide those cables and wires. This plan supports sliding the television out to make room for the hidden wires and cables.

This plan also features six shelves as well as four drawers under the television. This makes a lot of room for other entertainment media devices and household items.

 

8.) Try this simple and easy to understand DIY Entertainment center plan!

simple practical diy entertainment center

Source: The Design Confidential

This entertainment center plan features a simple design with 6 drawers for your other items. It stands at a height of 2.2 feet, and is 6.75 feet wide.

The plan is as simple as the entertainment center piece, which features the tools and the material of the wood needed. Cutting specifications, and well-detailed instructions are also included. It is a clean and organized plan that is user friendly and very easy to understand.

Aside from the written instructions, illustrations and diagrams are also shown in the plan.

 

9.) Build this DIY Entertainment center piece with less than $800

800 diy entertainment center

Source: JRL Woodworking

This stunning entertainment center piece is a perfect squat at 7’8 wide by 7’8 tall, and it only costs 550 to 800 bucks, depending on the materials and supplies you use. The price is actually reasonable for the beautiful result it gives!

This entertainment centerpiece boasts 10 open shelves for your decorations and other items. 3 shelves on each side and on top frame the television, giving it a symmetrical look. Aside from the 10 open shelves, it also offers 10 cabinets for your entertainment media devices and other items.

This plan has illustrations for how each piece should fit together, giving its exact dimensions and measurements. It also shows detailed instructions which are sure to make the process of building this plan a whole lot easier.

 

10.) Create this symmetrical DIY Entertainment center with $300!

300 bucks diy entertainment center

Source: Her Tool Belt

This beautiful and symmetrical entertainment center plan boasts plenty of storage spaces and deep drawers to accommodate all of your important entertainment items! The cost of building this piece? 300 bucks!

The entertainment center plan contains detailed and close-up diagrams for the better understanding of its users. It also shows specified dimensions and measurements of each piece. How the pieces fit and work together is also shown in the detailed plan.

 

Building the perfect DIY Entertainment center piece is no longer a problem! These 11 DIY Entertainment centers sure make the process easier with their simple and well-detailed instructions.

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