I wanted the clean look of having my TV and shelves floating on the wall without supports/cordage being visible, but since I was moving into an apartment building, and wanted as much as my deposit back as possible, I couldn't just mount the a TV and shelves to the wall. So instead I decided to use a low profile steel frame to support the protruding shelving and TV and hide the cordage behind the steel frame.

Step 1: What You'll Need

In total this project came in at about $80 but depending on where you get the wood and what kind of wood you use it could vary. With pine wood I would be surprised if it came out much over $100.


  • 10ft 1x12 boards @ 3
    • I used pine, but any wood could be used.
    • Only ~25 feet of wood is needed but the extra wood is nice incase of an incorrect angle cut.
    • This could probably go without saying but make sure the boards are straight, it will make construction much easier.
  • ~17 ft of 1" square tube - 1/8" tube wall
  • ~6 ft of 0.75 square tube
  • 16 corner pieces (L shaped supports for upper shelves) usually come with screws if purchased
  • 4" M8 Metric Bolts @ 4 (to mount TV)
  • 20 heavy duty 4" screws
  • Small Box of 1.5" black wood screws
  • Metal spray paint
  • Stain & Polyurethane
  • 100 & 400 grit sandpaper
  • Acetone based cleaner
  • Rags


  • Drill Gun
    • Philips head
    • 3/8 drill bit
    • 1/8 drill bit
  • Miter Saw (or anything that can cut boards at a 45 degree angle)
  • Sander
  • Chop Saw or other metal saw
  • Welder
  • Bench Grinder/Wire Brush
  • Level
<p>Wow! Great project! I guess I will have to learn to weld though! Is it hard to weld?</p>
not really , but practice with a small wire fed , not a stick .a small &quot;mig&quot; that's for beginners doesn't have gas to mess with. Good luck, and watch out your welding parts are HOT !
Should paint the bars to match wall... Love it
<p>What size tv will the stand hold?</p>
It depends on what size the TV is. Mine was a 37&quot; so it is 200mm by 200mm. To check to see what your TVs mounting size is check here<br> http://www.linsar.com/blog/2014/05/15/what-size-wall-bracket-do-i-need-for-my-tv
<p>I can't wait to make this. This looks ten times better than anything you would buy in a store</p>
<p>This is great! I love that you used SolidWorks to design it. Anyway you could upload your parts and assemblies?</p>
Thanks! Yes I can, I'll need to wait until I get back home (I'm traveling for work) but will let you know when I have posted the files.
what welder did you use?
An old Lincoln SP 125 plus. It's a good welder for light MIG welding.
<p>This is a clever design. At first I thought both the upper shelves and the TV were floating and attached to the wall, the supports seem to disappear. Nicely done!</p>
<p>Nice work. I really like to see welding and wood working combined.</p>
You will need a truss support in there, and it definitely needs to be connected to the wall somehow to protect the kiddies
<p>Looks great! Love the idea and the design! </p>

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Bio: Just a kid in a mans body, trying to figure this 'adult' thing out.
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