Dressers provide a large, flat surface which is ideal for use as a television stand. With no modifications to the dresser, a TV can sit safely on top with little worry about whether the stand is sturdy enough to prevent damage. However, a slight modification to the top drawer provides space inside the dresser for hiding the cables and a tilt-out tray for storing the TV remote. After the project is finished, add drawer dividers inside the lower drawers to make compartments for neatly storing DVDs.
Remove the drawers and set the top drawer on a work surface. Tap the back side of the top drawer’s face plate with a hammer to break the glue and loosen the plate from the rest of the drawer. Pry the plate off using the claw of the hammer, if necessary. Some drawers are assembled with staples or small nails. If yours is, pull them out with pliers.
Place the left tilting hinge from the tip-out tray’s hardware pack inside the left edge of the drawer opening. Align the edge of the hinge with the edge of the opening. Fasten the hinge to the opening with screws using a Phillip’s head screwdriver. Install the right hinge in the same manner.
Screw the face plate to the hinges using the manufacturer’s template to align screw placement.
Remove the screws that fasten the hinges to the dresser; do not remove the screws holding the hinges to the face plate. Set the face plate on a work surface.
Fasten the tray to the back side of the face plate using screws and a screwdriver. Reinstall the hinges to the dresser. Push the upper edge of the face plate to close the tilt-out tray.
Set the television on top of the dresser where it will sit when it is in use. Mark a spot behind or on either side of the TV for feeding the cables through to hide them. Mark more than one spot if several components with cables will sit on the dresser. Move the TV off the dresser.
Drill a hole through the top of the dresser at each mark using a power drill equipped with a 1 1/2-inch hole saw bit. Sand inside the cut openings using a handheld rotary tool with sanding accessory, or sand them by hand with fine sandpaper.
Turn the dresser around to the back side. Cut one or more holes through the back of the dresser a few inches below the top edge, but above the first full drawer. Turn the dresser back around with the front facing out.
Set the TV and other components on top of the dresser. Feed each cable down through a hole in the top of the dresser and back out again through a hole in the back. Push the drawers back into the dresser.
Tips & Warnings
- For a much simpler project, skip the tilt-out tray and attach the drawer face plate on the front of the dresser to cover the drawer opening.
- Cutting too many holes can weaken the dresser.
- Wear safety glasses when operating power tools.
Things You'll Need:
- Handheld oscillating tool
- Hook and loop pad accessory
- Fine sandpaper accessory
- Vanity drawer tilt-out tray and hardware
- Phillips head screwdriver
- Power drill
- 1 1/2-inch hole saw bit
- Handheld rotary tool
- Sanding attachments
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