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$10 LCD TV Floor Stand

I have a 32-inch LCD TV that needed a custom stand to mount it at the foot of my bed as I don't have the room for a normal TV stand.

The hardest part for me was locating the M4 machine screws that will fit the standard 100x200 VESA mount of the TV. Every hardware store I checked around me only carried the SAE screw thread patterns.

I lucked out last week and finally found my screws in an IKEA KOSING (200.512.01) drawer pulls for $2. I took a chance on it having the right screws since I didn't carry a caliper with me and the package did not specify the screw size. It came with 24 screws 12 each in 3/4-inch and 1-inch sizes so my pulls still have a complete set of screws after this project.

Other materials needed was two 2x4x8 that I had left over from another project. Always good to have them around. A 6x10-inch piece of half-inch plywood (1 inch of material around the 100x200mm mount which translate to around 4x8 inches). A number of 8x3-inch drywall screws to attach everything together. Six washers - I don't know the exact size but it measures 11/16-inch outside diameter and 1/4-inch inside diameter.
 
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Kyrocken2 years ago
I was in need of a cheap stand to get my 32" LCD off the ground. I made a very similar stand from your plans here. I only spent $8 on wood and $5 on wood glue. Very economical and utilitarian :P. Thanks!
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Hieu (author)  Kyrocken8 months ago
Thats awesome! I improved a little on my stand. I also added a 2x4 behind the TV for my Playstation 3. I see you are an Xbox fan though. Cant wait for the PS4.
lovingDIY11 months ago
Love your TV stand! Would you be willing to make and sell something like this? I'm looking for a TV stand for my 40" Samsung TV.
Hieu (author)  lovingDIY8 months ago
Sure just give me the dimensions to the samsung back of the TV. I will cut the wood and everything to size and you can pay for shipping. Take a picture of the back of your TV. I hope its an LCD and not heavier than 100 pounds. and measure all the holes from center of each holes to the next. That way my final Vesa Mount will be perfectly fitted to your TV. I will include assembly instructions you buy the screws from local home depot. The screws for the VESA mount will be your responsibility. I have a hard enough time to find those for my own TV.
pizz2 years ago
This is a nice design. Only thing id add is a swivel hinge. Also make it out of oak wood so its more sturdy.
skipernicus pizz11 months ago
I'm not sure about your hardware store, but mine doesn't sell Oak 2x4s. And if it did, I bet they'd be expensive, which would defeat the purpose of the $10 television stand.
jogarcej1 year ago
How would you add a swivel hinge?
claudiapatx3 years ago
This is great. I have a 22inch monitor I picked up at a garage sale for $3 with no stand. This will work great! Thanks so much for a beautifully simple solution!
tomran4 years ago
I tell you, if space is an issue:

First off get an inexpensive, made for the set wallmount. TARGET has the ones that simply tilt for around $65 and the flexible ones (right, left; in, out; no up down) for around $100.

THE SET IS NOW OFF THE FLOOR, IT IS SAFE, AS ARE YOU!

Second, as you are handling the mounting hardware, attaching it to the TV, before you mount it to the wall, try to judge the balance.

The object here is to find an old industrial fan base or the like, 50# or so, to attach two square steel tubes to, perhaps a casting in cement in an oil sump pan. These tubes would ultimately attach to the bracket you previously attached to the set.

HERE'S THE CAVEAT: The r*e*a*l stands are crap and too expensive but they are safe. Mount it to the wall first, live with it. If you hate it you can always use the bracket for your nefarious plans later. I will draw you up something, not expensive, not  overly ugly. Just promise to give the wall first crack!



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Hieu (author)  tomran4 years ago
Tom, Thanks for the advice. Yeah your solutions would be much sturdier and would require more time looking for parts. The stand was sufficient for what I needed at the time. It was quick to design and build. Went to school for Electrical Engineering. I didn't have the option of mounting to wall. Nowadays, there are much cheaper wall mounts sold everywhere. Frys, walmart, best buy, monoprice. I've moved and have a much better LED tv now sitting on a cheap walmart stand. Gave this TV away already.
what do u think about trying this type of stand for a 50". long story to the how and y i have a 50" for my bed room but hey sometimes we need to spoil or be spoiled...problem a: it was a display model so no stand or bracket or anything to stand it up. problem b: like u space is an issue, i got the tv same time i got a new king bed...which have yet to find platform bed i like(or are able to build) so looking for ideas for the tv stand....even the cheapest one at local stores concern me about stablity on that big of a tv. thanks
Hieu (author)  plzspoilme25 4 years ago
Sorry, didn't check back in so long. Depends on how heavy your 50 inch is -- as long as it does not overcome the shear strength of the 5/8-inch plywood then you are good to go. Otherwise replace the VESA mount with a piece of scrap steel and you should be good. Also if your 50-inch is heavy around 130+ pounds then you will need a couple additional brace for the bottom 2x4's. Use a miter box to cut a couple 2x4 to support the additional weight. Let me know if you need additional help beyond what is already stated here.
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