Build the Tommy Storage Wall - Media Base Plans

This simple media base is designed for flat panel tvs. It is easy to build and there is an entire collection of plans available here to build a media wall around this console.


Projects built from this plan. Thank you for submitting brag posts, it's appreciated by all!

Shopping List: 

2 - 1x12 @ 8 feet long
2 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
1 - 3 1/2" Base Moulding @ 4 feet long
1 sheet of Beadboard Paneling (wainscotting could work)

120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
measuring tape
hammer (can be substituted for brad nailer with a nail punch)
safety glasses
hearing protection
18" Tall x 45" wide x 12" Deep
Cut List: 

A) 2 - 1x12 @ 16 3/4" (Sides)
B) 2 - 1x12 @ 43 1/2" (Top and Bottom of the "Box")
C) 2 - 1x12 @ 11 3/4" (Vertical Dividers)
D) 1 - 45" x 16 3/4" beadboard (any thickness)
E) 2 - 1x2 @ 45" (trim pieces for the top)
F) 1 - 1x2 @ 42" (trim piece for the bottom)
G) 2 - 1x2 @ 15 1/4" (front outside corner trim pieces)
H) 1 - 45" piece of 3 1/2" base moulding I) 1 - 1x12 @ 45" (Top)

Step 1: 

1. Box. Start by "building the box" by nailing through the sides (A) and into the edge of (B), as shown above. Note the dimensions on the space below the bottom shelf - 3 1/2" Use glue and at least 2" nails.

Step 2 Instructions: 

2. Dividers. Now add the center dividers (C) for the cubbies, spaced 14" between the upright boards, as shown above. Then add the beadboard (D) to the back. Use glue and 1 1/2" nails.

Step 3 Instructions: 

3. Trim. Now attach one of the top trim pieces, E, to the top edge, as shown above. Attach the shorter trim piece, F, to the bottom shelf, lining top edges, and leaving 1 1/2" on either side.

Step 4 Instructions: 

4. Side Trim. Add the vertical trim (G), as shown above, on both ends.

Step 5 Instructions: 

5. Footer. Add the base moulding (H), as shown above, to the bottom edge.

Step 6 Instructions: 

6. Top. Use the remaining piece (E) on top of the shelf. Attach as shown above. Use 1 1/4" nails and glue. Then add the remaining piece, I, to the top of the base unit, as shown below.

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill all holes with wood filler and sand and paint or stain as desired. Look for more plans from this collection to finish your media room.
Estimated Cost: 
Skill Level: 


Hi Colleen, I did the double top for 2 reasons. The double top will add strength for the tv and it gives a nice overhang on the front. Because 1x12 is the widest width board you can buy (commonly), to get a wider width, you add the 1x2 to the back where it will not be seen.

Hope this helps! Ana

We made the rustic media base this week, with a few modifications=) I am more than happy with it...hoping to get pics posted to the Facebook group today!

I love all your designs and I am sure you get overwhelmed with requests. Buy I've never seen a request for a corner media cabinet and I know there are people that would LOVE them.

I agree about a corner media cabinet, Mary Alice. I've been trying to figure out how to modify this plan to make a corner cabinet...but haven't been able to figure it out.