11 Foot Barn Door Entertainment Center

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 03/30/2021 - 19:13
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Free step by step plans to build your own barn door entertainment center.  Measures 11 feet long by 7 feet tall and about 18" deep.  Save thousands and get exactly what you want by doing it yourself.  Free plans by Ana-White.com

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This beautiful barn door entertainment center does it all while looking good too!  It is a HUGE project - up there with a kitchen build - but with the simplified step by step plans, not hard to do.  It took us two days to build and finish and cost us about $1000.  

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Barn Door Entertainment Center Features

  • Fits TV up to 65" WIDE with adjustable heights
  • TONS of storage hidden and exposed, perfect for hiding and displaying
  • Top can be used for storage or display too
  • Sliding barn doors keep everything easily accessible
  • No door swings, so can fit in a tighter space
  • Durable 3/4" plywood construction with face frames is how the pros do it - you'll be getting a craftsman quality piece!
  • Can be easily modified and finished in any color or stain

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If you are interested in building this piece, please watch our video, as it will help explain many of the steps.

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11 Foot Barn Door Entertainment Center

Dimensions
barn door media wall dimensions
11 feet wide, 7 feet tall, about 18" deep with doors. Fits tv up to 65" wide, height is adjustable

Preparation

Shopping List
Cut List

Rip plywood into strips 15-1/4" wide, then cut each strip as follows:

  • 84" | scrap - tower side
  • 84" | scrap - tower side
  • 84" | scrap - tower side
  • 84" | scrap - tower side
  • 31.75" | 31.75" | 31.75" - tower shelves
  • 31.75" | 31.75" | 31.75" - tower shelves
  • 31.75" | 31.75" | 31.75" - tower shelves
  • 31.75" | 31.75" | 31.75" - tower shelves
  • 31.75" | 31.75" | 31.75" - center console shelves
  • 31.75" | scrap - center console shelves
  • 65.75" | 29" - center console top and side
  • 65.75" | 29" - center shelf and center console side
  • 65.75" | 29" - center shelf and center console side

Bay Supports

  • 2 - 1x3 @ 65-3/4" - center bay supports
  • 4 - 1x3 @ 31-3/4" - tower bay supports

Doors

  • 2 - 1x4 @ 76"
  • 2 - 1x4 @ 26"
  • 2 - 1/4" plywood @ 76" x 33"

Face Frame - should be cut to fit

Cutting Instructions

    Tools
    Tape Measure
    Speed Square
    Safety Glasses
    Kreg Jig
    Drill
    Circular Saw
    Brad Nailer

    Instructions

    Step 1

    NOTE: If you are ripping your own plywood, you will also need to finish all exposed front edges of plywood first with edge banding.

    Start by building two identical towers.

    On each shelf board (31.75"), drill three 3/4" pocket holes on each end.

    Attach to the sides, spaced as shown in the diagram, using 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.  It helps to cut a 14" block to use a a spacing guide.

    For the top shelf, I placed my pocket holes facing upward.  All other shelves I faced pocket holes downward.

    Add 1x3 bay support inside, flush to back, at top, with pocket holes on side and top.

    A bottom bay support can be added under the bottom shelf if desired (consider baseboard cut out if not removing baseboard).

    Step 2

    Build the center console using the same construction methods as the towers, but also drill pocket holes on the sides for attaching the top. 

    For attaching the top, place pocket holes on the outside, as they will be hidden by the towers on final install.  For the center vertical piece, the pocket holes will be visible, if you can, opt for the side that is NOT facing the main room or entrance.  I filled mine with wood filler and finished and you can't see them on completion.

    Step 3

    Drill three pocket holes on each end of the center shelves.

    Then drill two pocket holes on each end of the 1x3 bay supports, and three along the top edge, evenly spaced.

    Attach the bay support to the center shelves on the underside.  Keep the center shelf pocket holes on the top side for attaching to the towers.

    Now attach the center shelf and bay supports to the towers.

    All pocket holes are 3/4" setting and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.

    The media wall can now be attached to studs in the wall to secure.

    TIP: The face frame will cover up alot of imperfections, so don't stress too much about getting everything perfect.  This step was for us the hardest step.

    Step 4

    Face frames cover up joints and hide any errors.

    Measure and cut the 1x6 face frame boards to fit.  Attach to the top and bottom with 1-1/4" brad nails and wood glue.

    Next, measure and cut each 1x2 stile (vertical trim) and attach to the front edges of the plywood.

    Next, trim the top shelf with a 1x2.

    Finally, trim the center divider on the center console.

    Fill nail holes with wood filler and let dry.  Lightly sand.

    NOTE: Depending on your barn door hardware rail attachment bolts/lags, you may need to add additional blocking behind the top 1x6.  I recommend either a 2x4 or a 1x4.  The cut lengths are the same as the shelves (two at 31-3/4" and one at 65-3/4")

    Step 5

    Cut the 1x4 MDF boards and drill two pocket holes on each end of the shorter pieces.  Attach to the longer pieces with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.

    Cut 1/4" plywood with a circular saw, elevating the plywood with wood scraps or styrofoam so the blade doesn't cut into the worksurface.  Fully support the plywood so the saw blade doesn't get pinched as the plywood is cut.

    Nail plywood to the back of the frames with 3/4" brad nails and glue.

    Attach the door hanger hardware to the doors as recommended in the instructions.  Then hold the doors up in place and mark where the rail should be located.  Install the rail.  Use a level to make sure the rail is installed level (so the doors don't slide to one side).

    Comments

    Fernando Garcí…

    Thu, 04/01/2021 - 12:18

    Muchas gracias, por su trabajo. Si lo estiman tengo una sugerencia: ¿Podrían, también, detallar las medidas y los cortes en el sistema métrico. Es el utilizado en España donde resido y me facilitaría mucho el trabajo.

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