If you have time and tools, it would be very interesting to DIY mirror TV by yourself. After you finish, you will gain a beautiful mirror TV and a great sense of accomplishment. You can introduce your mirror TV to your family and friends and you can shear your experience on Facebook, Twitter, and so on.
However, what you should keep in mind before making is that this project would take plenty of money, time, effort, and so on. Although this guide is very detailed, everyone will meet different situations. There are also certain risks in the production, for example using an electric saw to cut the frame and so on.
So, it’s important to keep your children away from your workplace when making. It would be much helpful if you can get some experts to guide you on the spot. If you don’t have any problems now, then we can go to the next step.
1. Necessary tools
First, let us see what kinds of tools are needed in the process. The following is the list:
- Fine tooth saw which is used to cut the 45 degrees at the end of the frame.
- The table saw which is used to cut the ” L” channel in the frame.
- The tape measure is used to measure the size of the television, frame, mirror, and so on.
- Some other tools: electric drill, electric screwdriver, long ruler, and others.
- IR Repeater：
2. Necessary preparation of DIY mirror TV
1). Measure the viewing distance.
2). Measure the space that you want to place the TV, the width, height, depth, and so on. According to the viewing distance and the space calculate the best size of mirror TV that you need.
3). After you buy the television, you need to measure the length, height of the screen, depth of the television, and width of the border.
4). According to the size of the television and the mechanical drawing of the frame, calculate the length and the width of the frame that you need to cut. Then calculate the depth of the channel for the mirror and the television that you need to cut.
5). According to the size of the TV, calculate the size of the mirror.
3. Necessary materials for a DIY mirror TV
(1). Buy the right mirror
Contact the supplier of the TV mirror and send detailed information to them, such as the length, width, shape, and so on. For the thickness, we recommend 4mm. The 4mm mirror is strong enough, but not too thick and too heavy. Ask the supplier to deal with the side of the mirror to be not sharp.
Pay attention to the reflectivity and transmittance and buy the right two-way mirror or dielectric mirror. If you don’t know what are the reflectivity and transmittance, please see the second part of the mirror TV page. We recommend using the mirror with 30% transmittance and 70% reflectivity.
(2). Buy the materials for the frame
The materials of the frame are always straight and very long, just look like a stick. Please get the mechanical drawing of the materials, such as the width, height, and so on, because the information is essential when making the frame.
There are two points that you should keep in mind when purchasing. The first is that pay attention to the color, select a color that can match the main color of your living room. Second, it’s better to buy a little more materials than the mirror TV really needs.
Because there are always many mistakes in the process of making, it would waste some materials. If the materials are not enough, then you need to buy them again. In that case, it would take more time and money.
(3). Buy the right TV
In the preparation part, you have to know what size of television you need. However, the television contains many important parameters, for example, the resolution, interface, and so on You can follow the list below to buy the best television for your mirror TV.
Screen type: LCD, OLED, QLED.
Brightness: ultra bright, above 500nits
Resolution: 1080P, 4K, recommend 4K
Interface: HDMI, USB. At least 2 HDMI. The USB port is essential because it will be used for the IR receiver
Thickness: the ultra-thin television is better.
(4). Buy a bracket
(5). Buy an IR receiver with a USB interface
4. DIY mirror TV step by step
When you have completed all the steps above, it means you have all tools and materials in your hands. Now, please follow the steps below to DIY a wonderful mirror TV.
(1).Make the frame(measure the size of mirror and TV)
1). Cut 45 degree
2). Cut the channel
3). Glue the 4 sides together
4). Use the L bar to screw the frame together
(2). Place the mirror
1). 3M double-faced adhesive tape
(3). Place the television
(4). Place the z bars, screws
(6). test and adjust