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Published on July 4th, 2007 | by Jules Yap


projection tv entertainment center

arthur was searching for an entertainment center for his super sized JVC projection tv. they were either too small, too large or not tall enough and they all cost in the neighborhood of around $2,800.00.

so, he hacked his entertainment center two billy book cases and two lack shelving units instead.

“to fit our available wall space, and to fit just right around our tv, i cut the two lack units down to 56 5/8 inch and filled in the cut end with a white-faced board cut to fit. because the units have a thin masonite skin reinforced with very thin corrugated paper, i also placed a piece of 1/2 inch plywood on top the lower unit, painted to match and trimmed with a piece of plastic edge trim used for edging sheet rock to give it a finished appearance, and the strength to hold the heavy tv.

i attached the upper lack unit to the wall at a height just above the tv. The lower unit is supported by eight of the 6 inch, adjustable, stainless steel legs sold by ikea for use with the units when used horizontally, but stands about 4 inches out from the wall to accommodate the depth of the tv. the billy bookcases are secured to the wall so as not to tip over, but are located 4 inches out from the wall to hide the side of the tv. i used a PVC 1″x4″ (available at lowes) as a spacer between the bookcases and the wall to keep them at this distance.

total cost of the project, including the stainless steel legs and tax, about $280.00, a savings of over $2,500.00.”

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

12 Responses to projection tv entertainment center

  1. Anonymous says:

    I like it, but I am not digging the white. I saw the IKEA one in Brown/black and LOVED IT!!! Might be a great honey do project!

  2. rooq says:

    Do you know the name of the legs used on the LACK shelving units?

  3. Anonymous says:

    How was your experience cutting (sawing) the Lack unit? I’d like to cut a Lack shelf (the cut end would face the wall…and I’m wondering how well it will cut).

  4. Marie says:

    I have to agree with “anonymous”, there’s way too much junky knick-knacks on the shelves, it clashes with the ultra-modern TV. I would get rid of the 2 side bookcases completely and center the TV on the two Lack units, both with legs.

  5. mattdana says:

    I think it looks great, and that’s hardly a “McMansion-sized” TV these days. Looks perfectly appropriate for that room.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I agree with Jimmy. If you get rid of the legs and add another Lack shelf at the top it will be better.

  7. Jimmy says:

    I do like the idea but what I don’t like is that the Lack shelve is equipped with legs while the Billy book cases aren’t. I would get rid of those legs and try to make it look more like one unit instead of four.
    Sorry ’bout my english. I’m from Sweden.

  8. Anonymous says:

    way too country crafty for my taste!

  9. Anonymous says:

    It’s not low class if you frame the TV with books. I think it’s tastefully done. If you have to have a big TV then this is the best way to go.

  10. Mandizzle says:

    whoever that first person was….they need to be punched in the face. I think it’s awesome.

  11. lsaspacey says:

    This looks fabulous! I think what really makes this work is that the units almost perfectly match the wall color, giving off a great built-in feel.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I mostly love these Ikea Hacker ideas, but damn if this one ain’t “the worst of both worlds”…

    A McMansion-sized TV in a ghetto-styled entertainment center!

    (I hate to be anything remotely like snobbish, but nothing says low class like an entertainment center!)

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