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How to Build a DIY TV Stand

My daughter recently moved into her very first college apartment and she needed some new furniture built. One of those pieces was a TV stand. Today I am going to share with you how I built this DIY TV stand.

I built this TV stand with 3/4 inch plywood. While the cost of plywood has gone up in the last couple of years because of the pandemic I was still able to build this cheaper than if I was to buy something.

And anything I would have bought would have been cheap fake wood that would not have stood up to the wear and tear of college students.

This TV stand measures 48 inches wide and 18 inches deep. The legs are 6 inches tall from Depot.

There are a few different styles of legs available. My daughter chose this style. So the legs are 6 inches and the height of the tv stand is 24 inches, making it a total of 30 inches tall.

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How To Build a DIY TV Stand

The best thing to do, and easiest, is to have all your wood cut at the hardware store. Here are the cuts you need.

  • 2 pieces of 3/4 inch plywood at 48″ by 18″
  • 2 pieces of 3/4 inch plywood at 22 7/8″ by 18″
  • 3 pieces of 3/4 inch plywood at 22 1/2″ by 18″
  • 1 piece of underlayment at 24″ by 48″

The 2 longer pieces will be the top and bottom of your tv stand. The 2 pieces at 22 7/8 will be the middle horizontal shelf. The three pieces at 22 1/2 will be the vertical pieces and the underlayment is the back.

All my wood is cut at the home improvement store on an orange cart.

Step 1 – Build your box

This is the hardest part of the project. Make sure you are using a tape measure, level, and square to make sure the box is perfect.

Take your three vertical pieces and drill your pilot holes with your Kreg Jig. Then attach with screws creating a square box.

The wood cut and pre drilled for the Kreg Jig screws.
A box with a center support made of sanded plywood sitting on my garage floor.

For the middle shelf drill your pilot holes with your Kreg Jig and screw them into the vertical pieces. It’s up to you if you want the shelf to be exactly in the middle or have slightly different height shelves. I chose to have the top shelf an inch smaller than the bottom.

The finished box with the center shelf right before screwing it in.
This is right before I screwed the shelf into the vertical pieces.

Step 2 – Attach the Legs

Determine which side will be the bottom and attach the leg brackets to the four corners of the box.

The support bracket is attached to the bottom of my tv stand.

Then screw in your legs! It’s really as easy as that.

Step 3 – Attach the Back

Using a staple gun secure the back to the box. The easiest way to do this is to lay it face down on the floor so you are stapling straight down.

The box of the tv stand and the underlayment ready to be attadhed in my garage.
The finished entertainment center with legs but before I covered the ugly plywood edges with veneer edge banding.

**Optional** Most TV stands have a hole in the back for cords. That way you can have a DVD player or gaming system on the shelf and not have cords coming out the front of the stand. I used a 2 inch drill bit and screwed a hole in the back of the top shelf.

The hole I drilled in the back of the entertainment center for cords to go through.

Step 4 – Attach Veneer Edge Banding

I have a full video explaining how to do this.

What you are going to do is iron the veneer banding onto the ugly edges of the plywood. All the details on how to accomplish this are in the video.

Step 4 – Sand, Stain, and Poly the TV Stand

Work in a well-ventilated area, outside is best. Using 220 grit sandpaper give the whole thing a light sanding to make sure it’s completely smooth.

Apply stain using rags or a foam brush. You can stain it any color you want, or even paint it. I used this stain which is one of my favorites!

Once the stain is completely dry apply a coat of polyurethane using a new foam brush. Once it’s dry give it another light sanding and remove any dust.

Apply another coat of poly, repeat the sanding then apply a third coat. Make sure you let it completely dry in between coats.

I had some trouble with this. It was 100% humidity in August and I needed this thing to dry. So I brought it into the house, which stunk up my entryway but it finally dried.

The tv stand is in my entryway for the stain to dry, and my black dog is walking in the photo.

The Finished DIY TV Stand

Here is the finished product. It’s very simple but perfect for displaying games, devices, and some decor, Go Bobcats!

The finished TV stand with a tv on it, some games and an Athens decor sign.
The finished TV stand in my daughters apartment with a tv sitting on it and lots of games on the shelves.

As you can see building a TV stand is not much harder than building a box. If I can do it you can too. As for my daughter, she loves it and her friends think it could have come from a high-end store! I just love that!

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The finished TV stand with a TV sitting on dark wood floors and there are lots of games on the shelves with text overlay.

The finished TV stand in my daughters apartment with a tv sitting on it and lots of games on the shelves.

DIY TV Stand

Yield: 1 TV Stand
Active Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours
Difficulty: Medium
Estimated Cost: $120

Learn how to build your own DIY TV Stand for much less than what you can buy at the store.

Materials

Instructions

  1. Have your wood cut at the hardware store to these specifications

2 pieces of 3/4 inch plywood at 48" by 18"

2 pieces of 3/4 inch plywood at 22 7/8" by 18"

3 pieces of 3/4 inch plywood at 22 1/2" by 18"

1 piece of underlayment at 24" by 48"

2. Drill pilot holes with the Kreg Jig and connect the Three pieces that are 22 1/2 inch to the 48 inch pieces. The 48 inches are the top and bottom pieces and the 22 1/2 inch pieces are the three vertical pieces.

3. .Now attach the last pieces of plywood to the middle shelf. You can center them or do what I did and make the top shelf slightly narrower than the bottom.

4. . Attach the underlayment to the back of the box you already made.

5. Flip the box over and attach the leg brackets, then add the legs.

6. Add the veneer edge banding to the front to cover the ugly edges of the plywood.

7. Give everything a light sanding with 220 grit sandpaper.

8. Stain the whole thing.

9. . After the stain is dry cover everything with polyurethane.

10. Lightly sand and give it another coat of ply. You might have to repeat this step for a third coat of poly.

As a licensed Real Estate Agent and an avid home decorator, I strive to give my clients the very best I can when it comes to staging, selling, and decorating their homes. I have lots of experience with paint color choices and love to DIY my home so I can have everything just the way I want it. I share my ideas and projects with the world in the hopes that I can help others have their homes just the way they want as well.

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