A New TV Won't Fit In The Wall Cabinet - Change It!

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My Wall Cabinet Has Limited Space for a New Television

 

 

Maybe you have experienced the frustration of being limited in the size of television that you can purchase because of the opening in your wall cabinet. While wall cabinets still are functional and add value to the home, there is a growing problem with how to fit a new television into a small opening.

 

We once moved into a home that had cabinets in which we could fit a large 35” television into the opening. When I say that it fit, I had to use a belt sander to take an eighth of an inch off the top. It did fit but it took up all of the opening. The heat that the big unit generated probably shortened the life of the television, but we would be limited in the size of our new TV.

 

The prices on new televisions were dropping and the sizes were getting bigger, thinner, and lighter but where would we put it. I considered taking out the cabinets but there was no reason, except for the TV issue, to do this. We were hosting a get together with some friends and I shared my dilemma with a contractor friend. He suggested changing the existing cabinet.

 

The project didn’t take a lot of time, required little additional material, and turned out beautifully. This is not a “how-to alter your cabinet” post. This is just to show how simple the solution was. Here is what we did.

 

The cabinet decks were removed and two side walls moved apart to allow a larger television to fit. The adjoining shelves and trim were salvaged and cut to fit. The original decking was three pieces; a new single piece was installed. Since the opening was now greater than before; new trim at the top was needed.

 

This is my favorite part. Two of the four cabinet doors that were removed were installed above the television and installed sideways and hinged up. We used special locking hinges so that it could stay up if necessary. The center of each cabinet door was easily removed and filled with speaker cloth. Why? Well, if you put all of you remote controlled DVD player, satellite boxes, TiVo recorder, and Playstaion accessories in this cabinet, you can now control them with the cabinet door closed. How cool is that! Speaking of cool, the cloth allows air to circulate and keep the components running cooler.

 

That’s it! So if you are having problems deciding how to get a new television that you want into a smaller cabinet box, consider changing the wall cabinet a little for a whole new experience.

 

 

 

 

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Rainer
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It looks even better than the initial photo!  Great, creative solution.

Nov 14, 2011 03:13 PM #46
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Cynthia Larsen
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Nice work. Don't you just love innovative friends?

Nov 14, 2011 03:19 PM #47
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Gene Riemenschneider
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I always joke about those built in TV spaces.  Some will not be so easy to work out as your situation.

Nov 14, 2011 08:35 PM #48
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Leilani - Worked out pretty good, huh.

Debbie - Thanks

Karen - Kinda like a green project.

Ann - Wow! That's quite a story, glad to hear things did finally work out.

Nov 14, 2011 08:46 PM #49
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Kimo - I think it is recommended that we sit in the next room.  :)

Christian - So you know what I went through!

Evelyn - There was nothing wrong with the cabinet, I am so pleased that a solution was available.

Judi - There certainly was a will!

Jayson - Thanks.

 

Nov 14, 2011 08:53 PM #50
Rainmaker
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Jennifer C. - Turn it sideways?   :)  Thanks for the comment here.

Jennifer M. - So you know exactly what I went through. Hope yours works out for the best.

Mike - It did turn out well, if I do say so myself.

Cynthia - My friends can be innovative!

Gene - True but with an open mind, some can be saved.

Nov 14, 2011 08:58 PM #51
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Stephanie/Bob The Ruiz/Miller Team
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Hi Tom,  I think most people are moving away from cabinets into wall hung flat screens.  But you bring up a good question as to how to deal with old wall cabinets.

Nov 15, 2011 07:19 PM #52
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Hi Bob, If the best television wall is the wall with the cabinet, then you would have to take it out. Or would you? Since you would be mounting it anyway, why not put it in the cabinet up high. Just a thought.

Nov 16, 2011 12:26 AM #53
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Patricia Beck
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What a neat transformation!

Nov 17, 2011 12:57 PM #54
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Thanks Patricia, it worked out well.

Nov 17, 2011 10:53 PM #55
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That's pretty good.  I probably would have just bought a t.v. that fit :-) Kasey

Nov 25, 2011 11:34 PM #56
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We did that once Kasey and John, but because the tv was so tight to the opening, it generated too much heat. The heat caused the tv to burn out.

Nov 26, 2011 12:38 AM #57
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Dawn A Fabiszak
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Tom ~ what a great fix to a common problem.  Now to find the solution to the too small drywall cut out that the builder put in during the house construction (pre wide screen TV era).

Nov 29, 2011 11:20 PM #58
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That can probably be fixed too. Got a picture of it? Would love to see what it looks like Dawn.

Dec 03, 2011 10:18 AM #59
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Dear Tom -
Enjoyed seeing the drawings.
Looks a lot like the cabinet we have here!
Have a happy day -
Lynn

Jan 05, 2012 05:53 AM #60
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If you run into a situation where a new TV won't fit, it can be changed Lynn.

:)

Thanks for the comment.

Jan 05, 2012 10:54 AM #61
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Sylvie Stuart
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When those wall cabinets came out we thought they were so cool and never considered there would be BIGGER tvs! This is a great fix to a problem we do run into when showing properties for buyers sometimes. It looks great!
Jan 11, 2012 08:38 AM #62
Rainmaker
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That makes me wonder if my new cabinet is big enough Silvie.  :)

Maybe we need adjustable openings. Hmmm...

Jan 11, 2012 10:28 AM #63
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Cindy

Great job! I have a similiar set up and have a question about the center unit. My center unit sits out further top and bottom about 5 inches. In the before picture your center unit appears to do the same. Does the lower cabinet still set out further but the new deck is the same across or do you move them back somehow as they appear flush?  Did you remove the top cabinets first? Step by step instructions would be very helpful. 

Mar 28, 2012 11:19 AM #64
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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It wasn't as difficult as one might think, probably be a good post for the Home Improvemnt Group.

I'll see what I can do Cindy.

Mar 28, 2012 10:20 PM #65
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