In need of a new entertainment center for your TV?
These products can be incredibly expensive to purchase and assemble, depending on what you are looking for as far as design goes.
Why not make your own?
DIY entertainment centers can be easily assembled, and you can recycle items that you already own. This makes them much cheaper and sensible than buying one.
We are going to be looking at our ten favorite DIY entertainment center ideas.
Our 10 Favorite DIY Entertainment Centers
Some of these will require more work and preparation than others, keep in mind that we do have options in here for every level of expertise.
If you are an expert woodworker, there are great choices here for you. And if you don’t want to touch a tool, we have great options for you as well.
rustic entertainment center
The first choice on the list is making a rustic entertainment center.
This option offers you so much flexibility, and you can pretty much make it any way you want to. If you are looking for some specific plans for this design, we love this one.
You can choose any kind of weathered or distressed wood that you would like to create this design, and you will need a few simple tools as well. A drill, miter saw, tape measure, brad nailer, pocket hole jig, pencil, and safety glasses are all important items to have nearby while making a rustic DIY entertainment center.
The end result of a rustic entertainment center is a product with a homey, comfortable feeling. You also won’t have to worry about paint getting chipped because you won’t have to paint it to begin with.
wood entertainment center
Next up, we have a very simple wood entertainment center.
Our personal favorite, as far as plans for one go, would be this one from DIY Network.
For these plans you will need sandpaper, a carpenter’s pencil, drill, hammer, countersink bit, measuring tape, screw gun, table saw, circular saw, rags, safety glasses, ruler, and a pneumatic nailer.
As for actual materials for the entertainment center, you will need colonial case molding, crown molding, colonial base molding, paintable caulk, solid pine boards, construction adhesive, 1” finish nails, stain, wood filler, and carpenter’s glue.
This is definitely a project for someone in your family who is more prone to woodworking, and may not be possible for everyone.
However, by following basic safety procedures and taking your time to finish the task correctly, you will end up with a gorgeous wood entertainment center that will last you for years to come.
electric fireplace entertainment center
This next option may be a little easier for those of you who are not prone to working in depth with tools and wood. There is very little need for tools, and not too much planning to do either.
Using an electric fireplace in place of a standard entertainment center is a great way to keep you warm and the TV room looking cozy.
You can purchase an electric fireplace online, and there are many different designs available to you. If you still want the additional storage space, you can always build shelves around it, or have a few baskets nearby.
floating shelves entertainment center
For a more unique look, floating shelves can make an amazing entertainment center.
This is a popular trend among bookshelves, as well as shelves simply holding up knickknacks and plants. However, you can very easily make one strong enough to hold your TV, while still looking aesthetically pleasing.
We really like these plans from Instructables, as they offer fantastic tips for the perfect DIY entertainment system.
To make these yourself, you will need a few tools and materials. You should have: a table saw, power drill, sander, miter saw, 1 ¼ inch screws, finishing nails, counter sink, wood putty, a small drill bit, and white gloss paint.
For wood, we recommend primed top notch plywood.
This is another design that will require someone who is handy with tools. If you are a beginner when it comes to woodworking projects, make sure to take the proper safety precautions and read directions carefully.
bookshelf entertainment center
If you are someone who needs a lot of storage space, or simply likes to have a lot of books and decor in their living room, this is the option for you.
Having bookshelves as your entertainment center is a great way to clean up clutter, while still showcasing everything you keep in your TV room. There are also hundreds of ways to make them and designs to choose from.
No matter what your style is, there is definitely a design out there for you that will look great in your home. Our personal favorite are the bookshelves built into the wall from Family Handyman.
For this particular design, you will need a few tools and materials. You will need an air compressor, air hose, cordless drill, caulk gun, dust mask, paint brush, roller sleeve, roller tray, safety glasses, T-square, taping knife, tin snips, and a wire stripper/cutter.
Now the specific design we listed above is a little more complicated, since they’re actually bookshelves built into your walls. If you want to do something significantly simpler, you have a lot of options as well. We really like this option.
barn door diy entertainment center
If you are a big fan of the rustic look, using a recycled barn door for your DIY entertainment center is a great way to bring that into your home.
There are many options for setting this up, and you can make it as simple or as intricate as you would like. We really like this particular design.
Using a barn door gives you so many options. You can create a sliding door for your entertainment center, or have one that latches close and is attached with hinges. It is all up to you and what you want it to look like.
For this particular design, you will need 2 ½” screws, 1” finish nails, wood filler, wood glue, stain, and of course, the wood and barn doors you want to use for the entertainment center.
barn door diy entertainment center
If you would like an option that is very simple and allows you to recycle old household items, this is the DIY entertainment center for you.
Simply take an old dresser that you are not using it anymore, and set it up to be your new entertainment center. You can easily paint it, change the knobs, substitute the drawers with baskets, or even make the hollow parts into shelves. The sky's the limit, and it helps you reuse old furniture instead of purchasing a whole entertainment system.
Here is some inspiration if you don’t know where to get started.
cube entertainment center
For those of you that are interested in having lots of smaller, cube shelves to hold knickknacks, games, and other items, you may want to consider a DIY cube entertainment center.
For those of you who are less inclined to pick up a tool and make it yourself, you can get the IKEA KALLAX units for a fair price as well.
industrial pipe entertainment center
This option is a little more unique. If you like the look of more industrial designs, creating an entertainment center out of industrial pipe may be a great choice for your living room.
We really like this design especially. This furniture is a conversation piece that will have all your guests wanting one for themselves.
For this project, you will need: 2 copper ½” adapters, 2 ½” flanges, ½” copper pipe, 2 ½ copper T connectors, 1 ½” copper cap, and a pallet.
As for tools, you should have a reciprocating saw, drill, tape measure, and sandpaper.
corner entertainment center
Last, but not least on our list of DIY entertainment centers, we have the corner choice.
This is perfect for those of you trying to save space in your TV room, or those that have a lot of wall art they don’t want to cover up with an entertainment center and a TV.
You do have a lot of creative freedom in this design as well, as there are hundreds of ways to complete this furniture.
We personally like this design the best.
For this option, you will need a pocket hole jig, drill, miter saw, pencil, tape measure, safety glasses, and hearing protection. Choose the type of wood you would like the best as far as sturdiness and aesthetics are concerned.
Our Final Thoughts
We hope this list of DIY entertainment centers was helpful to you.
It can be difficult to know where to start or where to get the best plans for the design you want, and that is why we are here.
If you have personally made some of these designs, which one do you like the best? If you are interested in making one, which one caught your eye?