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How-To Make a Flip Down Media Drawer

How-to Make a Flip Down Media Drawer

You all waited so patiently! I was a big tease and showed you my fancy new Dresser Turned Media Stand and then I promised I would show you how I made my fancy flip down drawer. And now I’m back to deliver on the promise! I really hope this all makes sense because I just made it up as I went along. So because of that I took 15 million pictures, hoping it would help make it all clear. So let’s get started! Here is How-To Make a Flip Down Media Drawer!

How-To Make a Flip Down Media Drawer

First, you need to cut off the drawer front. I used a jigsaw and just cut the dovetail joints apart. I also had to trim the bottom of the drawer. Then pull the front off and sand down all your newly cut edges.

How-To Make a Flip Down Media Drawer

Now put the drawer back into the dresser sans front. You are about to create a hole in the back for your cords to go through. {Ignore the paint. I did mine out of order. Do as I say, not as I do! 😉 }

How-To Make a Flip Down Media Drawer

Drill a hole through the back of your drawer and straight through the back of the dresser. You want to use a drill bit that is large enough to fit a jigsaw blade through. The hole is to give you a guide for where to cut.

Pull the drawer out and cut a hole in the back. I started off trying to create a circle {since I don’t have one of those drills with a circle cutting attachment} but I botched it so I turned it into a square. Put the drawer back in and trace your square onto the back of the dresser. Cut out that square too. Sand down all the edges of your holes.

How-To Make a Flip Down Media Drawer

Now for the super important part. The hinges. I wasn’t sure what type I needed but I knew I wanted them to be concealed. A lot of other tutorials I checked out used hinges that showed when the drawer front was closed. I didn’t want to see the hinges. So I scoured the hinges at Home Depot and found these with the cabinet hinges. They are a spring loaded concealed hinge. They come in a pair and only cost $5.

How-To Make a Flip Down Media Drawer

Here’s where I may confuse you a little. Because I definitely confused myself while doing it. Did you notice that when folded the hinges are at a 90 degree angle? My drawer had a little overhang below the base of the drawer. That little wooden trench is where the base slid in. So for my hinges to be at 90 degrees the hinge need to be screwed in above the trench.

Start by placing your hinge to figure out how it needs to be attached to your drawer. It helps to place the folded hinge while holding the drawer front in a closed position. If your drawer front is not deep enough for your screws {AKA: your screws would poke through the front when screwed in}, find some scrap wood to screw your hinges into. I simply used wood glue to attach it. I also had to attach some extra wood pieces to the underside of my drawer because it was a thin plywood.  Then predrill holes where your screws will attach.

How-To Make a Flip Down Media Drawer

Once you figured it out on both sides, screw in your screws.

How-To Make a Flip Down Media Drawer

Try closing your drawer front. It should have worked! Mine had a little space because of the wood pieces  and because the front needed space to open. But you don’t even notice the space when the front is closed.

Now take off the hinges and paint the inside of your drawer! I did 2 coats of a gorgeous navy blue then reattached the hinges.

Flip Down Media Drawer

Voila! A magical flip down media drawer! I love this little feature I added! It is a great way to impress visitors! 😉

Do you have any magical furniture? Any that will take you {and me!!} to Narnia!? Do you think I’m a little crazy? {It’s ok. I am!!}

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