Build a modern living wall yourself

A wall-sized contiguous cabinet wall is no longer the idea of ​​modern decor and interior design. The aesthetic demands have changed in the direction of lighter modular construction. The style comes for the self build both the advanced material selection and the flat screen TV.

Tasks and functions of a wall unit

A self-contained wall unit fulfills several requirements at the same time, which can be guaranteed with different construction forms. Typical task and functions are:

  • Open and closed storage space for books, CDs and DVDs
  • Integrated TV
  • Accommodation of consumer electronics (with loudspeakers)
  • Presentation of accessories and pictures
  • Exhibition of collections or collectibles
  • Closed storage space for dust-proof storage of various residential objects
  • Minibar and / or drinks tray with or without glasses
  • Light and light sources such as indirect lighting and spots
  • Storage and drawers for small items

Modular or contiguous construction

Furnishing style, taste and required storage space are decisive factors for the construction of the self-built living room wall. Unlike previous CRT TVs, no more floor space has to be considered. Flat-screen devices can be attached to the wall and "rebuilt" as desired. Thus, the inevitable dominance of the device and the optical decoupling of a living room wall from a pure TV wall decreases.

Stylistically, it is possible to build yourself from individual elements in a modular style. The same or matching individual elements such as hi-fi rack, sideboard, shelves and boxes, cabinets, chests of drawers and showcases are loosely and loosely grouped. Individual components can be hung up.

The alternative is a compact and coherent living wall, which usually resembles a shelf wall. A skeleton of wood or metal can carry the elements. Usually, a recess provides for the space of the TV. Depending on the proportion of closed and clad front surfaces, the substructure is purely substructure or involved in the appearance. For large-area cladding subjects in niche form.

Materials and materials

The classic materials from which a living room wall is built are:

  • Wood
  • Metal or steel
  • Multi-Purpose Plates (OSB, MDF)
  • concrete blocks
  • bricks

Similar to other furniture made of multi-purpose boards or wood, home decorators offer a selection of individual elements that can be assembled as desired. Depending on the design, they are integrated into a compact substructure or placed individually and fastened to the rear wall. As loosening elements and individual door panels, mirrors, panels, b, wall clocks and showcases can be used.

Design and paneling styles

In general, symmetrical or non-uniform combinations can be selected according to taste. Visually interesting is reflected in an imaginary vertical line mirrored construction. Here, different colored surfaces can cause additional effects.

Make a compact new building yourself

Similar to the principle of fitted kitchens, all individual parts can have the same and matching front fronts. Common styles are varnishing and foliation. To underline the wall character, multi-purpose panels can be wallpapered or plastered. For a natural stone look, veneers are applied.

If the front of the front is disguised for the most part, it would be a pity for the wasted storage space behind the closed areas. Here almost invisible wallpaper or veneer doors can be installed. In constructions with individual assembled elements, rolls can be mounted under the wall units placed on the floor.

Upcycling as a creative alternative

An attractive and decorative appeal can emanate from the matching of the appearance of different components. An old dessert, a discarded chest of drawers, a vitrine cabinet from the basement and a discarded broom cupboard from attic can be merged into a visually matching arrangement. The uniform foil or varnish leaves each element its individual character and integrates it at the same time into the visually "familiar" appearance.

Lighting in self-construction

The illumination of a living room wall decisively influences the visual appearance. When self-made LEDs are mainly used in a variety of ways. As recessed luminaires you create indirect illumination in compartments and niches. Behind the flat screen TV, you can form a ring of light around the screen, which can also fall unevenly cloudy. Emitters and spots can bring presentation surfaces into the foreground.

Do building details and special cases by yourself

If candles are to be installed in the self-constructed living area, consider locations with sufficient height. The minimum distance between the flame and the upper boundary of a compartment or niche should be at least thirty centimeters.

A gas fireplace can be well integrated as a closed element in a living room wall according to the manufacturer's instructions. Electrical devices of all kinds and light sources develop heat. You wall construction must allow sufficient heat dissipation.

A lighting strip fastened to the ceiling in front of the wall highlights the living room wall in the studio style. When installing light sources, the reflection should always be taken into account. The orientation of the light incidence must be either aligned or avoided by self-made panels.

Tips & Tricks

When attaching elements to the back wall, your living wall should ideally use wall fittings and wall anchors that are available for kitchen cabinets. They are designed for high hanging weights, which are created by kitchen utensils and thus also suitable as a secure wall anchoring.

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