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handyman_squire 06-22-2013 10:39 AM

Help with shelves to put media equipment
So I was planning on making two shelves that fit between the studs on under my 60'' LED tv. I wanted them recessed into the wall and have all the wires hidden. But today while I was measuring for my plans my surround sound receiver wont fit if I make the shelves to fit into the wall between the studs. The wall is also a load bearing wall, so for me to cut out a stud and reinforce it is to much work. So now I need to come up with a different way to hold the receiver and PS3. I really would have liked the look of having the tv on the wall and the stuff in the wall and not seeing any wires running to and from the tv. Anyone got any ideas that might help me out?

wkearney99 06-22-2013 01:35 PM

Nope, unless you properly frame out the opening you're not going to get what you're after. The idea is a header catches the load from the top part of what you remove and transfers it out to the ends and down the beefed up studs. No real way to get around what it requires.

That said you could always do something like create a floating shelf/box and put the gear in it. And then hide the cabling up to the TV inside the wall. They sell kits to do this. The important thing to note is you cannot just run the AC power cord down inside the wall cavity. You either put a new AC box up behind the TV or you get an in-wall extender that does it. The video and audio cables can go straight through without connectors.

Deja-vue 06-25-2013 10:45 AM

How about just hiding the Receiver and PS3 in a Closet, then running a Dinky Link Remote Eye to it?
Of course, you need to be able to run one HDMI Cable and one Cat5 Cable to the TV.
Picture of the Room?

Deja-vue 06-25-2013 10:51 AM

I did this one here for a Customer:

Deja-vue 06-25-2013 10:52 AM

The Receiver, Cable-Box etc. are behind the Mirror-Door inside a Closet.

handyman_squire 06-27-2013 04:22 AM

Just thought I would update this, I decided to build a floating shelf that turned out pretty nice. I will post pictures when I get home from work tonight. Thanks for the help!

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