How to Install a Sliding TV Platform

Hi Remodelaholic friends. It’s Kayla and Justin back from Home Coming to share one of our latest DIY/furniture projects.

As part of our Master Suite remodel, Justin built us a Custom Dresser in a closet nook behind our sliding door.  Rather than hang one of those unsightly ceiling mounts for our TV, we liked the idea of having an inconspicuous area to hide the TV from sight when we weren’t using it, so the nook with our built-in dresser seemed to be the perfect option. Because our bed was not facing this dresser space head-on, we needed a solution to pull the TV out of the nook so we could see from the bed. So Justin came up with the brilliant idea to build a Sliding TV Platform

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The building of this platform was fairly simple. He took a piece of plywood and cut it 1/2″ smaller than the top of our dresser. Then glued and nailed an 1-1/2″ x 3/4″ select pine board for the face. He then sanded the platform and I applied two coats of Dark Oak stain, and three coats of polyurethane spray to seal the piece.

Pretty simple.

We’re going to take a bit more time to walk through the installation of the sliding platform since that’s what took the most time.

How to Install a Sliding TV Platform.

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Step One:

We purchased one set of Blum Undermount Drawer Glides from Rockler and mapped out where this would be installed on the top of our dresser before drilling any holes. Each piece should be set tight to the wall and flush to the face frame.

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Step Two:

Then, using a 1/4″ drill bit, Justin drilled a hole in the back of each corner of the sliding platform. This hole will be used to attach the back of the platform to the drawer guide.  There will be a hook that inserts into this hole that attaches the platform to the drawer guide (this will be part of the instructions coming with the drawer guide you purchase).

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Step Three:

Measure twice, drill once.

Since this sliding platform is not a typical drawer, Justin layed the platform in place to test out where the locking brackets would need to be mounted to the underside of the platform before actually screwing any holes.

How to build a Sliding TV Platform | Home Coming for Remodelaholic.com

How to build a Sliding TV Platform | Home Coming for Remodelaholic.com

Step Four:

Based on the measurements he just took, Justin screwed one of the locking brackets into place using screws provided.  Complete this on both corners.

How to build a Sliding TV Platform | Home Coming for Remodelaholic.com

How to build a Sliding TV Platform | Home Coming for Remodelaholic.com

Step Five:

Laying the platform in place, Justin slid the mounting hooks in the previously drilled hole on the back of the platform.  Then, he pushed the platform into place so the drawer glides will attach to the locking brackets. They will only attach if the platform is pushed all the way to the back/closed position.

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Step Five:

Adjust glides until the platform is level.

He tested out the drawer glides a couple of times and had a few adjustments to make using the slider adjustment on the locking mechanism. These adjustments tilted the platform up (or down) a little to make it level with the dresser.

How to build a Sliding TV Platform | Home Coming for Remodelaholic.com

After a little bit of adjusting, it slid smoothly.

How to build a Sliding TV Platform | Home Coming for Remodelaholic.com

Handy, right?

How to build a Sliding TV Platform | Home Coming for Remodelaholic.com

Then it was just a matter of hooking up the cable to our TV!

How to build a Sliding TV Platform | Home Coming for Remodelaholic.com

So here’s our Sliding TV Platform tucked away in our closet nook.

How to build a Sliding TV Platform | Home Coming for Remodelaholic.com

And here’s what it looks like when it’s slid out!

How to build a Sliding TV Platform | Home Coming for Remodelaholic.com

So there it is! We’ve already used it a couple of times for late night movies (or pre-season football games for Justin).

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or, be a little crazy like us and hide it in a (non-working) fireplace!

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