Sliding Barn Door TV Cover from Kristen Duke

Free plans to build sliding barn door tv cover.


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

Author Notes: 

Hi everyone! We have a very special treat for you today!

You know my friend Kristen Duke (of course you already know her - amazing mom lifestyle blogger and photographer with tons of style and generously sharing her photography knowledge and inspiration over at Capturing Joy) right?

If you don't ... go meet Kristen!  She's a mom of four.  I had the chance to meet her last year at Snap and was very inspired by her.  

Kristen and her family had a really cool idea for hiding the tv when not in use.

She and her husband made this beautiful sliding barn door cover for their tv!  And Kristen has been kind enough to offer to share plans with you!

For lots more photos and Kristen's building tutorial, please read Kristen's blog post.  Thank you dear Kristen!  

Shopping List: 

4 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long
5 1x6 fence pickets/slats 72" long
3 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x8 @ 3 feet long OR 2 1x4s or fence slats @ 3 feet long
1 1/4" finish nails
4 - heavy duty 24" drawer slides
3" or longer wood screws for attaching to studs in walls

measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
countersink drill bit
General Instructions: 

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Dimensions shown above. Measure and build to fit your TV.
Cut List: 

2 - 1x4 @ 27"+ (you'll cut these again in angles so its okay if they are a little longer)
1 - 1x4 @ 56 1/8"+ (same as above)

10 - 1x6 fence pickets 36" long
2 - 1x4 @ 55" (cut these to length)
2 - 1x4 @ 29"

2 - 2x4 @55"
4 - 2x4 @ 24"
1 - 1x8 @ 36" OR 2 - 1x4 fence pickets or boards @ 36" attached together edge to edge

Step 1: 

Really, the easiest way to cut those center pieces is to just wing it :) Lay out the frame, and then lay the longest single cross piece over until centered on corners and mark. Cut ends to points as shown above with a circular saw following your marks. Then cut your two remaining cross brace pieces in the same manner.

Step 2 Instructions: 

Now lay out the fence slats and measure and cut your 1x4s to fit. Nail on with 1 1/4" nails and glue.

Step 3 Instructions: 

Add remaining sides with 1 1/4" finish nails and glue.

TIP: Pocket hole jig users may wish to build frame first with 3/4" PHs and 1 1/4" PH screws.

Step 4 Instructions: 

Attach cross bracing with 1 1/4" finish nails and glue.

Barn door done deal!

Step 5 Instructions: 

Now let's move to the wall. Attach top board at the top height of your barn door, level. Attach lower board 36" from top board top edge to bottom board bottom edge. You must securely attach to studs in walls with screws. This is very important.

Step 6 Instructions: 

Now this trim will finish off the non sliding end of the frame. You could also add to bottom and top, and you could attach additional trim to the sliding end of the door to completely trim out.

Step 7 Instructions: 

To save money, Kristen layered drawer slides as shown above.   Genius, I say! For more details and tips, you must read Kristen's blog post here.

Step 8 Instructions: 

Then attach slides to barn door and hang ... you'll probably need to do some adjusting to get things just right. Kristen gives lots of information in her post on how she hung hers (and lots more details), and I highly recommend you taking a second to read. Thank you Kristen!

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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What size is the TV used in the plan. I have a 55in Flat Screen, what dimensions should i use?