Yes yes, I know I'm resurrecting a year old thread, but it is indeed a great thread. After I went through all 6 pages, I got some inspiration. I've finally finished the basement/media-room and the new AV equipment is on order on the way! I was going to just place all equipment, hidden, inside of the under the stairs closet as you can see in the picture. That is where I ran all A/V cabling to and will serve as the equipment 'room.'
Then, I stumbled across this DIY thread and my eyes widened at the DIY media racks built in to the wall. I am deciding if I want to emulate this and attempt a DIY rack similar to those in this thread. The first problem is the stud-spacing in the closet itself. I believe the wall is a supporting wall as you can see the 3-coupled 2x4s together. I had the electrician put a 20A 4-outlet box on the 2nd stud (its really the 3rd..but ehh...reference pic), and that is probably the stud I would need to 'cut' around 36" from the ground to do the in-wall DIY rack. However Im here to see the help of you more advanced DIYers. Would I need to redistribute the support weight of that single stud? If so, what is the best way. Unfortunately the studs are 16 on-center, and not wide enough for me to NOT have to cut that 2nd stud if I wanted to attempt the in-wall rack.
Also, should I double up on the studs (assuming I cut that current single 2nd stud (well its really a 3rd...since the 1st one is the door edge).
Would love to hear some thoughts from you guys....or ideas....I consider myself fairly handy - when provided some additional direction
Let me know if you need any additional details.