TOMNAS TV Unit with sliding doors

Items used:

  • Ikea TOMNAS TV Unit
  • Doors – 3mm hardboard
  • Paint of your choice – we used Dulux Feature wall Sapphire Salute – although we think we will use a vinyl sticker next time we decide we want a change of colour
  • Wide Masking Tape
  • Rail – Wire/Cable trunking 16mm wide. I got MK White mini trunking from B&Q
  • Right Angle Clip / Angle Brace – I bought from Toolstation for £0.40 for a pack of 50, 19mmx19mm. Item number 34919
  • White paint (optional) – to camouflage the clips
IKEA TOMNAS TV unit

Photo: IKEA.com

We wanted to be able to use our storage space at the bottom of the unit properly without making it look cluttered, so we set about creating some doors for it. In the end we settled for sliding doors.

TOMNAS TV unit open storage

Step 1 – Doors
I measured two equal sized boards of 86 cm x 46 cm. I chose this length so that the boards would always overlap each other, and also allowed for some space in height as the rail and its sticky adhesive pad use up a few mm.

Note: If you want different sized boards, be careful when measuring as not all four of the section are equal lengths.

Step 2 – Design
Painting the boards – I used wide masking tape to create stripes. I painted on the non-taped areas with two coats of paint.

Designing the sliding doors

Designing the sliding doors

Designing the sliding doors

Designing the sliding doors

Designing the sliding doors

Designing the sliding doors

Designing the sliding doors

After removing the tape I painted the whole section with one coat of paint, using a diagonal stroke action

Step 3 – Rail
Creating the rail for the doors to slide on.

Top Rail – Cut the trunking to length and stick into place using the self adhesive tape already on the trunking for the top rail.

Bottom Rail – Paint 4 clips white and glue them perpendicularly onto the rail (1 clip for each storage unit, I used 4)

You will be able to screw the clip onto the TV unit and thus securing the bottom rail onto the TV unit without using the self adhesive pad (but don’t do this step without reading ahead !)

Adding the sliding door rails

Sliding door rails

Step 4 – Assembly
Tuck the doors into the top rail
Whilst the doors are held in, position the bottom rail onto the doors
Position the bottom rail onto the TV Unit
Screw the clips on the bottom rail onto the TV Unit

TOMNAS TV unit with sliding doors
TOMNAS TV unit with sliding doors

The reason I used clips for the bottom rail and not the self adhesive pad was so that I could remove the bottom rail in the future without any mess of the adhesive ripping off. The main aim is so I can change the door design / paint work in the future.

~ Starburst