DIY Barn Door Media Cabinet Free Plan

Hey friends!  We are SO EXCITED to share this DIY Barn Door Media Cabinet today and we teamed up with PureBond Plywood to build it!

Before we get started the DIY Barn Door Media Cabinet, be sure to check out the YouTube video tutorial HERE or below!

DIY Barn Door Media Cabinet

How cute did this thing turn out guys?  I love the added storage it has given my living room, and now I have my fireplace back!

You can download and print the FREE PLAN HERE!

The thought of building a beautiful DIY Barn Door Media Cabinet with plywood may sound a bit strange.  It did to us as well!  That was until we learned about PureBond Plywood.

PureBond Plywood can be found at any Home Depot.

What sold us on PureBond

~ It uses Formaldehyde-free glue (scary to think we have been breathing in harmful chemicals until now)

~ It’s made in AMERICA… Whoop!!!

~ It’s made with wood from sustainable forests

~ It’s extremely easy to work with

~ Biggest selling point for us… It’s BEAUTIFUL!  You get the look of real hard wood for a fraction of the cost.  Home Depot stocks birch and oak.  You can also order hickory, maple, you name it and have it delivered to your store… Love that!

So after learning the benefits of PureBond Plywood, we will never go back.  It’s such an obvious choice and it fits quite nicely in our shanty budgets!

How fun was that?!

DIY Barn Door Media Cabinet – Start Building

You will build two of these bookcases.  Start by cutting your tall side pieces. We had HomeDepot rip our plywood down to 15” wide, giving us 3 boards for each plywood sheet.  Each bookcase will have two tall sides like shown.

Next, you will cut and attach your shelf boards.  These are all cut the same length. Add 3/4” pocket holes to the ends of each board and attach them to the tall side boards using wood glue and 1.25” pocket hole screws.You can follow our spacing or adjust to fit your own storage needs.  Also, try facing the pocket holes where they won’t be visible. We are painting this one, so we will be filling all pocket holes with wood filler.



Now attach the wall support boards and the hardware support boards. The 2×4 board will be at the front of the bookcase to help hold the hardware in a later step.  Attach this board using wood glue and 2” wood or Spax screws. This board will attach 1.5” from the top of the tall side pieces.

The wall support board is a 1×3 board that will help you brace the console to the wall once you have the entire thing built.  Add 3/4” pocket holes to each end of the support board and attach it to the top of the back end of the bookcase. This board will be flush with the top of the bookcase.


Now we are moving on to the middle console.  This is what will hold the TV! Start by attaching both side pieces to the top of the console using wood glue and 1.25” pocket hole screws.

Attach the middle divider next. This will have 3/4” pocket holes on each end. Attach it to the center of the top console board using wood glue and 1.25” pocket hole screws through the 3/4” pocket holes.

Now attach the base of the console. This will have 3/4” pocket holes on each end.  You want to face these pocket holes down when you attach it to sides of the console.  Use wood glue and 1.25” pocket hole screws.

Now for the dividers.  Attach each divider to the sides of the console using wood glue and 1.25” pocket hole screws through the 3/4” pocket holes.  Feel free to line these up to fit your own baskets or storage needs!

AT THIS POINT… You will want to move all three pieces into the space you plan to set them up.  Start by attaching all three pieces together. Attach each bookcase to the center console using 1.25” wood screws through the inside of the bookcases and into the console.

Now attach the top hardware support board and wall support board.  These are just like the boards we used on the bookcases, but they will run in between each bookcase and hold the piece together.  The back support board is a 1×3 board and you will attach it using wood glue and 1.25” pocket hole screws through the 3/4” pocket holes. Make sure the pocket holes face the back on this part.

The hardware support board will run between the front of both bookshelves.  This is the only board you will make 1.5” pocket holes on. Attach it to the bookshelves using wood glue and 2.5” pocket hole screws.

It’s trim time!  Yeah! At this point you will trim the entire piece out!  These boards are all attached using wood glue and 1.25” brad or finish nails into the console. You can see the order we trimmed ours in  below! Remember it’s best to measure each cut as you go to get the best fit on this part!


Don’t forget the barn doors! We used one of our favorite hacks for this part.  We used cheap hollow core doors and added trim to them to create our barn doors. You can check the website for a link to the  plans and video on how to do this!


Bookcase Doors –

If you choose to build doors for your console bookcases, build each door frame first using wood glue and 1.25” pocket hole screws through 3/4” pocket holes.  Then, staple or nail the 1/4” plywood to the back of each door.

Check our website for a link to the hardware!


Middle Console Shelf –

This is a shelf that sits above the TV. Attach the plywood shelf board to each bookcase using wood glue and

1.25” pocket hole screws through 3/4” pocket holes.  Then, attach the 1×2 trim to the front using wood glue and 1.25” brad nails.


Plywood Back –

You have lots of options on this part!  Do you want the wall exposed on certain parts, or do you want a

painted back to match the console? I chose to back my bookcases, but left the TV console open.  This is entirely your option! Whatever you decide, these dimensions here should help you. This is 1/4” PureBond hardwood plywood and we attached it to the console using 5/8” staples.


DIY Barn Door Media Cabinet – Almost Finished!

To attach it to the wall, use 3” wood or spax screws through the top support boards and into the studs in your wall.  This will keep it from tipping!  

We painted our console with Sherwin-Williams Pure White paint.  We painted the door with THIS GRAY CHALK PAINT.  

We used THIS HARDWARE for the barn door hardware!  You need to order the 9.6′ length for this console!

I used THESE BASKETS for the tv console!

Look how cute it turned out!

DIY Barn Door Media Cabinet Free Plan



  1. Shelley waste on August 26, 2021 at 6:07 pm

    I want to make this for my son at college. Is it possible to make in 3 pieces for easy moving then attach when we set up? Would also like to know if they must be attached to the wall or would this be sturdy enough without attaching it?

  2. Jared on June 23, 2020 at 12:54 am

    Anyone know if you can put something in the tv section that would allow you to mount a tv? If so what and how would you add it?

  3. Janine on May 24, 2020 at 9:26 am

    Do you make these for customers?

  4. Joseph Edge on April 21, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    Thanks for plans I built entertainment center and matching coffee table

  5. Marsha on December 21, 2019 at 11:48 am

    Do you have a link to the hardware on the bottom of the doors? The roller piece that keeps the doors from swinging out. I’ve been looking for something like that for a similar project and would love to know where you purchased them. Thanks!!

  6. Cristina on August 27, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    What modifications would you make to make this a murphy bed? Obviously the middle shelf area wouldn’t need to be built but how would you attach the two side book cases? Or would you even bother and just place the top and bottom trim?

    • Lynnita on September 22, 2019 at 12:13 pm

      I would like to know the same thing. My daughter’s room is small and it would be great to have more space during the day.

  7. DJ on August 8, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Hi Ladies!

    I am in the middle of building this beautiful piece, but the barn door hardware link is no longer available 🙁 is there a different one you recommend?

  8. Alyssa Bosford on July 31, 2019 at 10:34 am

    How could I modify these plans to make the entertainment center only 7ft long? I don’t have enough space on my wall for anything larger ?

    • Maggie on October 9, 2019 at 5:16 pm

      Also wondering if there’s a link to the hardware since the link is no longer available?

  9. Jackie on July 21, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    Did you roll or spray paint this piece?

  10. Toni on March 21, 2019 at 8:26 am

    How much did you spend (roughly) in material?.
    Wood, screws and hardware.
    Thanks in advance

  11. Kimberly Colclasure on February 18, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    Does anyone know what size TV right off that will fit in this?

    • Kiana on March 7, 2019 at 4:56 pm

      Looks like you would only be able to fit a 50″ screen in here. 🙂

    • Lorenabeth on March 22, 2019 at 3:12 pm

      We have a 55″ and it measures less than 50″ in width. I would guess that different models may vary slightly. You can always see specs for the tv in question for dimensions. As the plans are written, you have about 53 inches in clearance in the middle. I modified this cabinet to include a preexisting console we had. Shanty 2 chic has 3 different versions of this cabinet. You can adjust measurements to fix what you need.

  12. Casey on January 8, 2019 at 10:41 am

    Do you have a link for the hardware used on the cabinet doors?

  13. Emily Weber on July 7, 2018 at 7:17 am

    When you painted the cabinet with white paint did you use any primer? Or do you just put the paint directly on the wood?

  14. Julie on June 3, 2018 at 8:41 am

    This would look so awesome as a Murphy bed!! I think you girls need to head to Illinois and help me build it! ?

    • Maggie on June 6, 2018 at 12:41 pm

      That’s what I said!! Great minds 😉

  15. Rachel on May 24, 2018 at 7:51 am

    Do you have a link to the hardware on the bottom of the doors? The roller piece that keeps the doors from swinging out. I’ve been looking for something like that for a similar project and would love to know where you purchased them. Thanks!!

  16. Maggie Kingsbury on May 22, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    Do you think you could make the middle a murphy bed?? Covered up with the barn doors when not in use? And if so, any advice on how to do that? I have never built anything but I will thanks to you two!!


  17. Haley on May 9, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    Pretty sure this is what I want for Mother’s Day! Beautiful work, as usual!

  18. Kylee on May 2, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    So excited to build this! The plans only go over the trim. Are you going to release the rest soon?

  19. Regi on May 2, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    Only the last page of the plans is in the download. Thanks!

  20. DANIELLE CONTRERAS on May 2, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    The link to the plans only had 1 page attached

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