How to turn a closet into a media center!

Take a simple two-door closet and go from this ...

Tired of tripping over cables and having your music and media all over the place? Want a sleek look for all your components? Well you can turn a double-door or sliding door closet into a slick-looking media center. Add your TV, store your DVDs, CDs, books, show off and display vinyl albums, games and more!

Equipment and Instructions

The equipment, materials and directions below are for a media center that will be approximately 60″ wide, 60″ high and 22″ deep.

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Equipment and Materials

  • Drill
  • Reciprocating Saw
  • Table Saw
  • Circular Saw
  • Nail Gun
  • Paper, pencil
  • Tape Measure
  • Studs
  • Paint-grade birch plywood and solid poplar
  • Beadboard
  • Paint Primer
  • Paint
  • Wood Glue
  • Nails, Wood Screws
  • Molding
  • Caulk
  • Sandpaper


Step 1: Remove the existing closet doors. Check locations for electrical lines and plumbing – especially behind the wall. Mark areas for safety.

Step 2: Cutaway drywall and install studs for shelves to support the media center cabinets.

Step 3: If possible, cut an access panel in the back of the closet. This will allow you to run cables and wiring and have easy access to the back of your media components. Always be sure to stay between the studs when you work.

Step 4: Take paper and pencil and draw a layout for your media center. And create a cut list of the lengths for your wood shelving pieces. Measure the height of your television and add 8 inches so you have access, and the unit can cool. Determine how many sections you want. For example, you can have a wide middle section for the TV, flanked by shorter sections for your components. These directions are for a center that will measure 60″ wide, 60″ high and 22″ deep. On top of the TV section, and on the sides there will be two towers for DVDs and CDs. They will be 11″ wide, 48″ high, and 8″ deep. Players for DVDs and CDs will be stores in the shelf space under the TV.


Step 5: Cut out all the pieces for the media center cabinets and shelves.  Use a table saw for the long rips and a circular saw or miter saw for crosscuts. Use the beadboard to create a false back for the TV cabinet unit.

Step 6: Assemble the cabinet pieces together with a nail gun and wood glue. You can either finish the edges with edge banding or face frames made from 1×2 poplar. To make face frames, cut the 1x2s to length. Use glue and Brad nails to attach the wood to the edges of the cabinets.


Step 7: Prime and paint the cabinet units.

Step 8: Install the base cabinet into the closet area. Use shims to make sure it is level. Nail or screw the cabinet to the sides of the old doorframe. Screw or nail the two side towers to the base unit cabinet.

Step 9: Drill access holes in the beadboard for the TV cables and wiring. Cut holes in the top of the base unit to be able to run cables from the components to the TV.

Step 10: Install the top unit on top of the two towers. Glue and nail into place.

Step 11: Install doors on the DVD storage towers. (Optional)

Step 12: Trim out the entire unit with molding.

Step 13: Fill and seal all the nail holes, caulk the corners and sand it all smooth. Touch up the paint.