Create Your Own DIY TV Stand

TV stands are simple, so why not build your own in order to make sure you get the shelves you need and the look you want without any fuss? It’s simple to design one that’s perfect for your home without having to go to any extreme lengths or needing any really advanced tools other than a router.

Give it a shot, you’ll be surprised at how nice it is to know that you’ve built something that’s perfect for your home.

Victoria, Homethods Author

Create Your Own DIY TV Stand

1.) Get Your Tools and Materials Together

You’re not going to need a whole lot of specialized tools in order to make this one, but you are going to need a wood router in order to slot everything together perfectly. You can design the stand to your own specifications or follow along, depending on what you want to store under the TV.

You’ll need the following:

  • Wood Router
  • Dado Bits
  • Wood Glue
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Table or Circular Saw

For the materials you’ll have to measure the area. If you’re planning on following along, you’ll just need the following:

  • 1 4×8’ sheet in wood of your choice
  • 1 8’ 1×4
  • Stain or Paint of Your Choice

2.) Cut The Wood

Cut The Wood

Get your board and saw together, and bust out the carpenter’s pencil and measuring tape. First, we’re going to cut the boards into the desired size.

  • Cut two pieces at 58×13”. You’ll use these for the top and bottom of the stand.

The side pieces should be cut at 13×22”. Cut four of these, since you’ll be using them to divide the shelving underneath.

Try not to butcher the rest of it, because we’re going to cut and use it for a further division once the main part of the frame is done with.

Now you’ll need to line up the boards, and learn a little bit about Dado joints.

3.) Making the Joints

Making the Joints

Don’t be too intimidated by using actual joinery instead of brackets if you’ve never done it before. Dado joints sound more complex than they are.

  • A dado joint is a slot cut to fit with the width of a piece of wood to allow it to slide into place.

Take the router and mark off your top and bottom pieces at the exact length. Measure two or three times, there’s going to be a lot of scrap wood if you’re not careful.

Come in from the sides by about 3/4s of an inch to cut the first slots. Take it slow and the router will treat you well.

Test the boards to make sure they slot in the right way. Start thin and work your way up if you’re not already familiar with the boards, but once you’ve got everything cut you should be left with something like this:

Making the Joints 2

If it’s all slotted together you’re looking pretty, but there’s one more step to take before you can put the router away.

The joints we’ve done so far are called “through dados” but we’re going to want to cut “stop dados” in the sides of the boards that are aligned vertically for more horizontal shelving.

A stop dado… stops. Pull the router across your mark until you’re about an inch from the end of the board and stop it there, make sure that you’re even between the boards.

You actually can do a through dado here if you’d like, since the boards will be recessed a little bit behind the frame we’re going to finish the project with, it’s up to you.

You can get creative here if you want, we just divided them evenly but if you want to place books in the center section and a DVD player up top, for instance, you could use the router only four inches down or so to allow you to do it.

4.) Time to Cut Again

Alright, now it’s time to cut your shelves for the center. Measure from the depth of your dado joints on the vertical section and cut the boards to that depth and width. Then you can slot them in.

None of this is the final assembly yet, but the cool part about actual joinery is you can make sure the whole thing is pieced together properly as you go along.

Always err on the side of big when you’re cutting your boards to fit, slow and sure wins this race by a long shot.

Once you’ve got everything slotted together properly… it’s time to take it back apart so we can get the rest of the job done.

5.) Join the Boards

For the vertical sections, you’re going to want to use wood glue and nails. Place a bead of glue along the joint, slide the board in, and wipe away the excess. Then you’ll just need to flip it over and pound in the nails after giving the glue a few moments to set.

A brad nailer is a great choice if you have one, but paneling or trim nails and some care will get the same job done if you’re careful to make sure they go straight in. You might want to consider using an extremely small drill bit to give you a straight guide, since the look will be ruined if a nail comes out of the side of the boards.

Repeat this process with the top assembly, before you slide in the horizontal shelving.

Just use glue for the horizontal shelving, they’re not quite structural and you’ll find that they can be held in place quite well with just the glue.

6.) Frame it Up

Frame it Up

You’re almost done with the actual construction.

Now, you’ll need to take your 1×4” board and chop it to fit around the corners of the frame. If you’ve got the skills for it, a 45° angle on the end of each board will lead to a cleaner look, otherwise stretch the horizontal parts of the frame to the edges and then fit them.

Just use wood glue to attach them, then cut the vertical pieces and glue them on. You can rip them in half for a sleeker look or leave them at the full width to produce a pronounced “recess” effect on the shelves. We opted for the former.

And… you’ve done it, you have your TV stand. Finish it off with paint or stain if you don’t like the bare wood look, but the construction is done.


It’s a little bit of work, but if you think you can handle working with some real wood joinery give this little project a shot. It’s easy, cheap, and you can set up your TV in style however you want.


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