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alz floating wall really does float!

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Building DIY' started by alz2605, Apr 21, 2008.

  1. alz2605

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    Hi guys, I've been wanting to change my AV furniture and change the layout of my front room for some time now as despite being a large room it felt the current layout was too cramped.

    I was bored of my current TV bench and looked to here for some inspiration on some false chimney builds as I wanted to wall mount my TV.

    But came across the floating wall idea! There were some brilliant projects on here but as I'm a renter I didn't really want to attach a false wall to the living room wall as I'd only have to take it down when we move out!

    So after a lot more thought I decided to keep my existing TV bench but pimp it up a bit!

    So this is what I did:

    My old lounge layout

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    For my new plan to work the fire place had to go! (hush don't tell my landlord!)

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    Some paint and filler.

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    My re-stained and empty TV bench.

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    I screwed in a batton to the TV bench's base and added some MDF panels.

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    Next I bolted on some 4 x 2 to the back.

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    Then I bolted on the wall bracket.

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    Time to sort out the wires and leads!

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    Time to hang the TV! (please don't fall off!)

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    TA-DA! My little floating wall which really dose float!

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    Let there be light! (and no electric shocks please!)

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    Time to play!

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    The end! (at least for now!)

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    All in all this project took me 3 long days over Easter to do and about 2 weeks for my body to recover from the shock of doing so much manual labour! (I usually sit in an office for 9 hours a day! OK maybe 5 to 6 hours a day! Well I am the boss!)

    I know my floater is nothing new and we've all seen it before and if I wasn't a renter I would have done something totally different (1st thing being carpet in the skip) but out of my circle of friends no one has seen anything like it! Oh and the room has really opened up a treat and feels so much bigger now!

    Thanks for looking guys!

    Looking forward to your, hopefully, kind comments!

    cheers al.
     
  2. MrO

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    i think that’s something us AVf members don’t think about. WE may be used to seeing floating walls but it doesn’t mean there in every home, it still a great centre piece when you have guests round.

    That’s a great example of the floating design, top stuff :thumbsup:
     
  3. nbaker

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    Looks very nice, well done :thumbsup:
     
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    wow looks so much bigger! well done!
     
  5. alz2605

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    Thanks mate! All of my family and friends still have CRT TVs and don't understand the need for so many speakers!

    I'm just glad I discovered these forums and like minded people who understand the need to have all 3 next gen game consoles etc, etc!
     
  6. inzaman

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    That looks great, an excellent idea as well :thumbsup:
     
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    Thats quite inspiring to me, especially since I rent too and would love to do something with all my equipment. If I were anywhere near half-decent at DIY (if I had the skill of Homer Simpson, I'd be content), I'd have a go at that - with my luck, I'd probably end up attached to the floating wall instead of the TV! Great stuff. :thumbsup:
     
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    I can't believe you ripped out the fireplace from rented accommodation without getting permission :rolleyes:

    It looks sweet though.
     
  9. alz2605

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    LOL! The fire surround was only held onto the wall by 2 screws, the hearth wasnt even secured to the floor in any way and the fire was a plug in electric one!

    Its all in the attic and to re-install it all will take 15-20 mins tops!

    Besides you should see what I did to the kitchen! ("all these units are on the wrong wall!")

    The land lord is cool any way! In 2 years he has been round twice and both times he never came past the front door!
     
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    Aye he's probably too embarrassed cos of that carpet ;)

    But very nice and clean m8e :D
     
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    Very nice alz2605.

    Just a question for ya regarding cooling - what are you doing to keep the PS3 and 360 cool inside the cabinet?

    Can you see the joins on the individual MDF panels? If not did you sand them , dowel them or just paint over them a few times?
     
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    aye, was wondering that ,myself. have seen both ps3 and 360 die quick deaths when kept in spaces like that, surprisingly the ps3 went first
     
  13. alz2605

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    If you look at the at the fourth photo down there is virtually no back to the compartments the consoles are housed in. The back of the TV bench is about 9 inches from the wall and there is also a gap between the false wall and the living room wall for ventilation.

    With the PS3 I have to leave the door open when in use otherwise its fans go on full power pretty quick. But its never overheated since purchase on launch day and I do have some long gaming sessions most weeks plus its on for a couple of hours most days!

    The Xbox360 works fine with the door shut and this month is it 2nd birthday!
    I did have one prior to that which lasted 3 weeks before it died with the RRoD!

    With the joins on the MDF I used filler, sanded them and repeated untill happy before painting .Out of the 3 joins on the mdf panels 2 are invisable and the 3rd can just about be seen when the spot light is on so more filler needs to be applied!
     
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    Looks great mate..:thumbsup:
     
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    Floating wall looks good to me :thumbsup:

    As to cooling the PS3 and Xbox360, with mine, I cut out a hole and attached a 12v 120mm PC fan to the back of the cabinet to draw air out. I'd meaured it to be using 1/3rd of the 500mw power a usb port is rated for. Its hooked up to a usb cable and due to running at 5v spins at about half speed so very quiet. I just plug it into the xbox360 when I am about to have sesh and close the door to the cabinet. Its keeps it nice a cool in there and keeps the sound of the xbox360 fans from us too.

    Only downside is xbox360 sees something needing power on the usb port so when you shut the console down the fan keeps spinning (presumably for when you are charging the controllers as these do the same thing). I have to remember to unplug the fan to fully shut the console down.



    hth
     
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    Great job on that , what a brilliant take on the floating wall......looks cool and totally practical....awesome.
     
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    Awesome setup mate. Same router as me. :smashin:
     
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    That's great alz.

    I am in the same situation as you are, in a rented apartment with TV (Bravia 40D300A) sitting on a AV rack from IKEA and don't want to spend on fixing a floating wall on the walls of my rented apartment. I was toying the same idea as you have done to fix a real floating wall on the AV Rack. You have given me the detail as to how to go about it.

    Thanks a lot.
     
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    About that tv stand, where is it from and how wide is it....I like the concept of the stand...
     
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    The TV stand is from my own design and was built by me too!
     
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    I must admit that this is the best build ive ever seen simply because it doesn't need you to bolt anything to the walls and is perfect for us that rent.
    The build quality also looks fantastic ( the AV unit in particular ) especially considering you have done it all yourself :thumbsup:
     
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    You flatter me too much :D Cheers mate and I don't even have a GCSE in Woodwork LOL!

    Sad thing is we're moving soon and there is no room in our new house for my floating wall unit :thumbsdow

    However that does give me oppertunity to build something new :clap:

    Watch this space guys!
     
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    I'll be moving into a bigger place sometime this year so building something similar to what you have done will be my main priority, you may even get a few PMs if i need some advice :D
     
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    Hey alz, I think someone from IKEA is visiting this forum and stealing ideas, especially yours.

    They have brought out something very similar to your built. check out in IKEA websites (UK and US under TV solutions).
     
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    Hi Alz,
    Can i ask, are the spotlights on a dimmer, and, if they are, how are they wired? I have a 5amp fused spur running off mains, but electrics aint really my thing.

    Thanks

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    thanks alz2605, if you dont mind i would use your idea s in think it the sort of thing am after and i will just put my own idea to the way you have done your. i would like to like for my tv to go inside the wall where as you hav just mount ur tv on the mdf. can i ask u few thing.

    did you just have the timer at the back screw to the floor.
    what timber size did you use
    what screw did u sue to join timber to the mdf
    what size and thickness of mdf did you use.
    what screw / bolt did you use to mount the tv bracket plate.
    when mounting tv how high does it be mounted from the floor

    thanks and sorry to be firing questions at you.
     

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