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A media wall is a stylish feature centrepiece that lets you set your TV, and any satellite boxes or cables, neatly within an existing wall. By doing so, you have space underneath the TV for storage or more furniture.
Media walls can cost thousands of pounds to get installed professionally. However, with a budget of around £100, stay-at-home mum Georgia Harper decided to make one herself.
The 25-year-old from Oxfordshire made a bargain media wall using brackets and MDF from Homebase and saved hundreds of pounds in the process.
Georgia and her partner came up with the idea after joining a Facebook group for home tips.
They then bought the items they needed from Homebase and are extremely pleased with the result.
Speaking with the money-saving Facebook group DIY On A Budget UK, Georgia said: “I joined a group on Facebook with home tips and then my partner used his brain to find a cheap way to make a media wall using wall brackets and MDF.
"We saved lots of money by making a timber bracket frame and using MDF for the front and attaching the TV bracket to the wall instead of having a big bulky media wall sticking out.
"All you need is a spirit level, MDF, a TV wall bracket and timber," she added.
"For the design on the front, we used vinyl paper which we got from Homebase for £7, but B&M and Poundland also [sell] this.
"You build a base to support the MDF to and you then put your TV bracket to it and attach it to the wall.
"Then you measure and cut the MDF and nail it onto the board you created, then we used the wrap!
"We bought £40 Homebase white lights to go with it. We also used trunking to tidy the wires and hide them which definitely finished the look," she said.
The wood brackets cost £4.25 in Homebase, the MDF sheets are £7, the wall bracket was priced at £25, the lights cost £40 and the jigsaw cutter set the couple back just £25.
"We also bought Homebase marble wrap at £7 one pack,” she said.
"All in, it cost about £100, but if you already have spirit level and nails, it would probably be cheaper.
“It also depends on how big you want it around and how big your TV is.”
Georgia said the DIY media wall has created lots of space and has given their new build “character and gives it such a modern expensive look.”
She also provided some top tips for DIY enthusiasts who may want to try and make one themselves. “My top tips are to get someone to help and make sure that you measure things properly.
“It’s created more space and saved on extra wood costs. It’s also better for the wall aspect as it’s less heavy than a big stick out wall.
“For those who rent, you can easily take it down and fill the holes. This makes any home look modern on a budget!"
Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, a money-saving community, commented: “It’s an amazing feeling to get a look worth thousands for just £100, so hats off to Georgia for her enterprising DIY project.”
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