Putting your TV above the fireplace is a great way to make use of available wall space, and it also creates a focal point in the room.
But just simply mounting your television on the wall sometimes looks boring and doesn’t create a dramatic enough effect.
If you want to create a space with more character, then you can build a false wall for your fireplace and the TV.
We find out how to build a false wall, and what you need to look out for when creating this special living room feature.
Why Build A Fake Wall For Your Television And Fireplace?
There are many popular trends in interior that come and go, but the creation of a media wall in a room seems to be one to stay for longer.
As we continue to add more and more technology to our homes, we also need to find ways how to seamlessly blend it with our living space.
Often electrical appliances are just black or gray boxes that look very unsightly, so building a false wall for your TV does not only give your television a fixed spot but it also covers up any cables and wires.
Another benefit of designing a fake wall for both your fireplace and your television is that it makes the space look bigger.
In some houses or flats, you won’t be able to mount a heavy TV on the wall because it may cause damage to the structure of your home.
So, creating a fake wall for your television means that you do not need to put any additional pressure on load bearing walls.
Many modern homes are built without any decorative features, such as a fireplaces, which means that you will need to create your own space for your new stove.
How To Build A False Wall For Your Fireplace And Television
Now that you know why a fake for your electrical appliances in your living room is a good idea, let’s take a look at what exactly you need.
Plan, Measure, And Design
The starting point of any good DIY project is always planning, and deciding on your design. This is exactly the same with a built for a media wall.
The majority of stud walls are made with plasterboard and wood. You will need to make sure that you allow for enough recess space for your fireplace and your television.
That’s why, take your measuring tape and measure all the different parts. It’s always worth adding an extra two inches on all sides to ensure that you do not have to alter the wall later.
Another factor to consider is any wires and cables that need to be housed inside the stud wall. After all, you want to hide all the cable mess from your television.
The exact look and design is very much down to your own personal preference.
There are so many different design options to choose from, so just have a look around online or speak to a professional interior designer.
Another important thing to consider is that you choose a fireplace that has its heating system in the front, as you want to make sure that the heat is emitted into the room.
It is always vital to follow any fire safety advice from your fire department, as some local councils may have different rules on fireplace safety.
Tools And Materials
Once you have taken all the measurements and decided on a design, you can start calculating how much material you will need.
You will need plenty of wood for the frame, and plasterboard with a minimum thickness of 12.5mm for the covering.
It’s best to get some good quality materials, as you want your wall to last for a long time. The wood and plasterboard also need to be able to hold the full weight of your television and the fireplace.
In addition to the plasterboard and wood, you will also need to purchase different nails, metal studs, plumb line and wood glue.
Don’t forget to get insulation material for the wall. The recess for the fireplace needs to be well insulated.
When it comes to tools, you will need a hand saw to cut the wood, a spirit level to make sure everything is level, a nail gun and hammer to secure the boards.
Building The Wall
A fake wall for your fireplace and TV is essentially a wooden frame made with studs (vertical lengths of wood).
Your TV will be hanging on these studs to carry the weight. These studs are braced by a number of different horizontal lengths of wood.
These horizontal lengths give the structure strength and rigidity. It’s important that you do not hang your fireplace or TV on these lengths.
You can create cavities or recesses with the horizontal wood pieces but make sure that you allow plenty of space to embed your television and fireplace into these cavities, so that both sit flush with the front of the wall.
Once you’ve built the main structure, you need to use the plasterboard to cover the stud wall.
Make sure that you note down where the studs for your television and fireplace mounts are.
Installing Your TV And Fireplace
Once you built your wall and you added the heat-resistant insulation material, you can then install your fireplace and the television.
You can do this by simply fixing the mounting brackets for the appliances to the back of the recess wall. Then you just hang the devices in the cavities.
Building a false wall for your television and fireplace may sound like a difficult DIY project but it isn’t as complex as it seems.
You just need to create a stud wall for the wall structure, and then cover it with plasterboard and wallpaper or paint that matches your room’s design.
It’s important that you take some time designing and measuring before you start building, and also keep fire safety in mind.