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Published on April 17th, 2007 | by Jules Yap


the malmese twins

this has got to be my current favourite – dinah and derek’s tv storage solution. love, love the floating shelf effect.


“my boyfriend and i both have apartments filled with ikea goodies and hacks. recently i was having an issue with space in my tiny studio. i needed something to hold my tv and would give me a little storage space. nothing i saw was small enough or ‘cool’ enough until my boyfriend came up with the idea of putting 2 malm bedside tables together to create my ‘entertainment’ center.


at first we thought about putting feet on them to make them stand but that takes away the cool ‘floating drawer’ look, so what he did was bolt them to the wall. he took the drawers out, bolted the back side of the malm to the wall, then replaced the drawers. he also added a bracket to the top to keep them from separating due to the weight of the tv. he also added some silver drawer pulls. i call it ‘siamese malm’. :)

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Jules Yap

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14 Responses to the malmese twins

  1. Derek says:

    It was a 20″ TV, I believe.

  2. Anonymous says:

    What size TV is that? I’m curious if mine will fit.

  3. webmaster says:

    Hi there, this is absolutely beautiful. What drawers did you use in place of the existing?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Great idea. Can I ask what’s the heaviest weight for a TV you can place on top? Cheers.

  5. Nessuno says:

    Oh what a beautiful curtain! What’s his name? (or the tissue)…

  6. Asha says:

    This is beautiful! Now I’m envisioning about five of them in a row in our living room for the plasma TV hubby lusts after.

  7. Dminor says:

    When Dinah and I were considering mounting options, the ikea bookshelf brackets included with the expedit bookshelf was one of our first considered. The problem, however, is that most of the ikea shelving is hollow (with the exception of the corners and some pieces) which was the case in this hack.

    So instead we opted to go with small L brackets on the corners, where we could tell there was some sort of solid wood to screw into.

  8. Nick says:

    You can also use the IKEA wall mounting brackets for bookshelves to give extra support to the top of the structure.

  9. Nick says:

    You can also use the IKEA wall mounting brackets for bookshelves to give extra support to the top of the structure.

  10. Anonymous says:

    In regard to some of your questions, the grass came from Michael’s craft store. it comes in squares and we cut it down into strips to fit the little shelf.

    As for how it was attached, they were attached with 4 small L brackets and some screws. Two brackets on the top and two on the sides. You may have to move them depending on where the wall studs are in your room.

    It was my intention to make the attachments look as low profile as possible, but would still have strength enough to hold the TV and misc. other items.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I’m curious… what kind of bolts/screws did you guys use to attach them to the walls? I want to make sure they don’t come back down!! :) Thanks and amazing idea!!!

  12. The best TV storage I have seen. Cheap AND goodlooking :-)

  13. alicia says:

    Oh this is SO cool and cute!
    Did the grass come from ikea too? If not, where?

    on the 6th

  14. TC! says:

    I have a pair of these in the attic collecting dust. This would be a much better use for them. Thanks!

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