I designed this storage and TV center in mid summer for a house we built last year[link]
, which was sold to the present owner last spring. They needed storage space badly (all us Americans have too much stuff!) and we also agreed that we could improve the situation with the TV. The room is the bonus room on the second floor, facing the front, with one window, about 20 feet across (side to side) and maybe ten feet deep. The back of the room had a ledge about 2 feet high and a bit less then two feet across, with nothing on top. We decided to "go with it" and build on top of it. The client had seen doors with louvers at my house and asked for those. I designed a symmetrical pair of raised closets with louvered doors, each with two shelves. The middle space was measured carefully to fit the TV. We designed a shelf above to place the "boxes" (he had three,) and another display shelf above. To the left, underneath the sloping ceiling, I designed another set of shelves.
I built this myself working part time in about four weeks, finishing it Friday, Dec 21, just in time for Christmas season! I followed my own plan, but made one major change, which was to build the three divider walls from 2x4 studs instead of 3/4" plywood, which made it easier to attach to the existing ledge at the bottom, the back, and the top, where I anchored it into a truss. The construction photo shows the shelf ledgers clearly, 1x2's I ripped from 1x4's. They are anchored into the back wall firmly with screws into the center of the wall studs, and, at the sides, into blocks lined up with ledger inside the divider walls. The shelves are 3/4" cabinet grade plywood with a strip on the front measuring about 2 and a half inches, with dadoes, screws and glue, very stiff.
Front trim is 1x4 and 1x6 white pine and southern yellow pine, top piece with arch cut from a 16' piece. Everything was to be paint grade, and since we had a more than a gallon of dark tan trim paint left from the house construction, we just painted it all one color. Drywall on sides of dividers is 3/8" thick.
Doors had to be modified. I buy them from the local big box, chop 'em, build and install new top blocks, and drill some holes, and voila! new short bi-fold closet doors, work beautiful. Sanding, priming, and painting was a huge task on this one, where most of my time was spent. Client has already installed the TV and boxes, filled the closets with "stuff," and put other items on the shelves! They love it!!
Note: sorry for lackluster photos, this project did not photograph well. I'll take some more pictures of it next week with all the stuff on the shelves.