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How to Build a Monitor

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Updated June 27, 2022

Key Takeaways:

  • Someone may need to build a DIY computer monitor to inject more style into their workstations.
  • Making a DIY computer monitor is a very easy process that involves disassembling the existing frame and installing a new one.
  • Building a monitor should take no more than two hours, depending on the amount of work involved in cutting and fashioning the frame to get the monitor ready.

Oftentimes, people have discarded, broken or worn-out monitors lying around somewhere in their home. At first glance, it’s grounds for immediate disposal, never to be seen again. However, worn out but working monitors present a valuable opportunity for customization and prevents you from having to purchase a new monitor as long as you’re willing to put in the effort to create at least a basic monitor. There are various display types you can create to build your own beautiful monitor just the way you like it. Keep reading to learn more about how to make a DIY computer monitor without heavy technical expertise. If after reading you decide perhaps the convenience of purchasing is the way to go, consider investing in a great 4K gaming monitor.

Why Would Someone Need to Build a DIY Computer Monitor?

Oftentimes, working monitors can be worn out, with chipped or stained frames that could use a facelift. Luckily, disassembling the existing frame and installing a new one is a fairly straightforward process. You’ll save on the overall computer monitor cost and get a new one in the process.

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How Do You Make a DIY Computer Monitor?

It is very easy to make a custom DIY computer monitor. Requiring only limited technical expertise, it only requires a metal frame, plexiglass, screws, and a cutter to cut the frame to exact proportions (length and width of your monitor’s frame) and screwing in the pieces.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 1-2 hours

Total Steps: Varies

Tools Needed: Philips head screwdriver, screws, plexiglass/metal frame

Here are steps you can take to make your own computer monitor.

1) Remove your old monitor’s outer casing using screwdrivers. Concentrate on carefully breaking away snap-in locks and other clips holding the frame in place.

2) Cut your metal frame or plexiglass to exact proportions (length and width of your monitor)

3) Use a drill to create screw holes, spaced roughly 2 to 3 inches apart, or using your discretion depending on the frame length.

4) Screw in the metal frame and plexiglass to your monitor’s frame. Ensure that your screws are appropriately sized and match the original screw lengths, shaving them down using a Dremel if needed.

5) Admire your creation by taking several pictures. Check out some of our monitor maintenance guides like how to clean a monitor screen if you want to learn more about taking care of your display.


Most modern monitor screen sizes range from less than 21 inches to well over 30 and are practically priced for your needs. –



How to Build a Monitor Guide FAQ

How hard is it to build a monitor?

It is very easy to build a DIY monitor. The majority of the work is cutting plexiglass or metal frame to adhere to your monitor's proportions before screwing them on. Even those with limited hand dexterity can give it a shot at making a homemade monitor.

How do you make a DIY LCD computer monitor?

Making a DIY LCD computer monitor only needs a few tools - a Philips head screwdriver, screws, and plexiglass/metal frame. The majority of the work is cutting the actual plexiglass and metal frames to fit the monitor's proportions.

How can I shorten screws?

You may shorten screws before applying the frame by using a Dremel. A Dremel is highly specialized in carving and etching smaller pieces. It is a godsend with computer monitors having very small screws.