How To Build A DIY TV Frame

If you’re looking for a way to dress up your flat-screen television, why not build a DIY TV frame? With a couple of pieces of wood (or MDF) and some molding, you can make this easy project in a couple of hours. And it looks great around my DIY TV cover pull down picture.

DIY TV frame

DIY TV Frame

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This post has been a long time coming. Ever since I shared my pull-down picture that covers my TV, a number of people have asked how I built the frame around the picture.

Well, I’m finally getting around to writing up that tutorial.

Even if you’re not going to cover the TV with a picture, making a frame for it does give your television a more finished look.

Keep reading to find out how to build a DIY TV frame.

DIY TV Frame Supplies

Materials

  • 3/4″ thick MDF sheet – I used MDF for this project since it doesn’t warp and is easy to paint, but you could use plywood or even pre-cut wood boards.
  • 3″ wide chair rail or baseboard molding – These will make the front of the frame so pick a molding design and color that you like. You can also use wider moldings if you have a larger television and want the frame to make more of a statement.
  • #6 – 1 1/2 inch screws
  • 1 inch finishing nails
  • Paint-able caulking
  • Paint
  • 2 – 1 1/2″ corner braces with screws

Tools

Measure The TV

The first step of building DIY TV frame is to measure how big it needs to be.

Measure the width of the DIY TV frame

Measurement 1: For this, you’ll need to measure the width of the TV. Add 4 inches to this measurement.

Note: If you are using molding that is wider than 3″, you will want to add more than 4 inches to the measurement so that the molding doesn’t cover the screen.

Measure the height for the DIY TV frame

Measurement 2: Then measure the height of the TV and add 3 inches to this measurement.

Again, if your moldings are wider than 3 inches, you’ll want to adjust the height to accommodate the difference.

Measure the depth for the DIY TV frame

Measurement 3: Finally, measure how far the TV sticks out from the wall.

Make sure to measure all 4 corners just in case some of them stick out further than others. Use the biggest measurement. Then add about an inch.

Since my TV is in a shelf, it doesn’t stick out. But I do need my frame to cover the pull-down picture frame.

Cut The MDF

The MDF is the portion of your DIY TV frame that attaches to the wall. These boards need to be wide enough to stick out further than the TV.

The cut boards for the DIY TV frame

To make these boards, use a circular saw to cut MDF strips that are the same width as Measurement 3.

You could also use wood boards or plywood. I like MDF because it is easy to paint and doesn’t warp.

If you don’t want to cut these strips yourself, you can usually get the strips cut to measure when you buy MDF sheet.

Miter saw with a board being cut for the DIY TV frame

From these strips, cut 2 boards that are the same length as measurement 1.

Then cut 2 boards that are the same length as measurement 2.

Put The Back of the Frame Together

The wood frame

The next step is to make a rectangular frame from the boards.

The two shorter boards should line up with the ends of the two longer boards. I like to lay them out to make sure everything looks square.

Corner clamp holding two sides of the DIY TV frame together

Then secure the first corner using a corner clamp*.

This will make sure that the boards are forming a 90 degree angle. If you don’t have a corner clamp, you can also use a construction square to line them up properly.

Wood with corner clamp being drilled

Pre-drill 3 holes in the end board using a small drill bit.

This will make it easier to put the screws in. And if you’re using boards rather than MDF, it prevents the wood from splitting.

Corner clamp holding wood together while it is screwed together

Use #6 size 1 1/2″ long screws to attach the boards together.

Screws holding wood for the DIY TV frame together

Repeat for all of the corners.

Cut The Long Side Molding

Next you will need to cut the molding. This is going to go on the front of your frame, so pick a molding design that you like.

Double checking the measurement of the DIY TV frame

Measure the length of the long side. It should equal your measurement 1 from above.

But I always like to double check.

Miter saw cutting a 45 degree angle on a piece of molding

Now we will need to cut the ends of the moldings using a 45 degree angle.

I used my favorite cordless miter saw* to do this, but for a less expensive option, you could also use a miter box*.

Lay the molding flat on the saw and cut one of the ends to a 45 degree angle.

DIY TV frame molding with 45 degree angle ends

Then measure along the pointed side of the board the length that you measured above.

Miter saw light showing a 45 degree angle on a piece of molding

Make a mark on that side of the board.

This will be the pointed end of the next 45 degree cut.

You will need to move the miter saw around to use the 45 degree mark on the other side of the center mark. If your saw has a light marker, use it to make sure that the cut will start where your mark is.

Cut another piece of molding the same size.

Install The Long Side Moldings

To make sure that the shorter side moldings fit better, I like to attach the long side molding to the rectangular frame before cutting the short size moldings.

Molding point lined up with the frame corner

Line up the point on the molding with the corner of the frame.

Check the other end to make sure that it is also lined up with the corner.

Corner of molding nailed to the wood frame

Then tack it in place with a finishing nail.

Attach the other end of the molding with another finishing nail. We’ll fill in the rest of the nails later (once we’re sure we have it in the right place).

Repeat the process on the other side of the frame with the second molding.

Cut and Install The Short Side Moldings

Measure between the molding pieces

Then you can measure between the points of your moldings to find out the exact length of the short moldings.

Cut the short moldings the same way that you did the longer ones using this measurement.

The moldings laid out for the DIY TV frame

Fit them onto your frame pushing them in to make the gaps in the corners as small as possible.

Don’t worry if you can’t get them to match exactly. We will fill in the gaps later.

Hammer and nail attaching molding to frame

Then attach the corners with finishing nails like you did with the longer pieces.

Hammer and nail attaching middle of molding to the frame

Once you have all of the corners tacked in, add some more finishing nails along the edges of the molding to hold them in place.

I put them in about every 12 inches or so.

Caulk and Paint

Caulk and caulking gun filling gaps in the DIY TV frame

The final steps are to caulk and paint your frame.

Use a tube of caulking in a caulking gun to fill in the gaps in the corners of your frame, as well as the nail holes and screw holes in your frame.

Wipe off any excess with a damp cloth.

When the caulk has dried, paint the frame to match your decor.

Hang Your Frame

Now, you’re ready to hang your frame.

Cordless drill installing corner bracket for DIY TV frame

To do this, install corner brackets on to the wall at the top edge of your TV where the frame will hang.

If you are building a frame for a large TV (40″ or wider), you will probably want to add one or two extra corner braces between the edges to help support the frame.

Use the longest corner brackets that will fit inside your frame. They will provide the most stability.

DIY TV frame around the TV above a sofa in the living room

I also prefer not to screw the frame on to the brackets, so the top board of the frame rests on top of the brackets but is not firmly attached. That way you can remove it easily.

However you can add screws through the corner bracket into the inside of the frame if you want to make sure it doesn’t fall off.

(Optional) Add A Pull Down TV Cover

Roller frame for a pull down TV cover being installed in the DIY TV frame

 

If you are adding a DIY pull down picture to cover the TV like I did, you can attach the roller hardware inside of the frame. This makes sure that it is hidden behind the frame.

You may need to swap out the screws for shorter ones to make sure they don’t come through the other side of the frame.

You can find the tutorial for making and installing a pull down picture HERE.

DIY TV frame with a DIY pull down picture covering the TV

Then hang the frame (and the picture) up on the corner brackets.

I love how it covers all of the electronics on the shelf in my living room.

DIY TV frame around a TV on a shelf

And when the picture is rolled up, it’s hardly visible inside the frame.

Well, that’s it for my tutorial on how to build a DIY TV frame. Hopefully, you’ve found some inspiration to make your TV into a piece of art.

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  • Thank you for the tv frame and cover. In the old days tv’s were so big and bulky. I still remember the basket and doily on the floor model mom had placed there. My flat screen is currently sitting on a chair until it and I get into our new house.

    • Hi Jody…I am glad the days of the big, bulky TV’s are over 🙂 Yes, not much point making frames and things until you are in your new house and figure out where everything’s going to go.

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