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Published on September 19th, 2008 | by Jules Yap


Uncluttered TV stand

Likkitp’s TV stand has been hacked twice. I can’t figure out how the original one looked or know its name. Perhaps you do?

He says, “I hacked my Ikea TV stand/entertainment center twice – when we first bought it (2005) I mis-measured the height between the TV shelf and the next shelf located above the TV area. I had to drill new holes for the bolts and raised the upper shelf to fit my 50″ TV. Two years passed before I thought to hack it again. Then about 2 weeks ago I decided that I needed a less cluttered look for my entertainment center – so I cut the tall posts that held the upper two shelves down to a ideal height for tv viewing and reused the cut portions of the posts into shelf support/dividers. Ultimately I left one of the upper shelves off with the payoff being a lot less clutter on or around the TV area. Behind the TV for ambient lighting I have one set of Dioder lighting strips attached for a nice glow during TV viewing.

But here’s my issue – my wife and I bought this TV stand in the spring of 2005 at Ikea Seattle – and I have no idea what it is called. We only saw it the one time we went shopping for a stand and never saw it in the catalog. Anyone have an clue?”

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16 Responses to Uncluttered TV stand

  1. TV stands are very helpful to hide ugly wiring
    Check out this one too
    Modern TV Stands

  2. Razallie Zainne says:

    I like the ps and xbox touch to it =P

  3. Dexter james says:

    Cool work!

  4. Ricky says:

    @Chaz Sugar: I hacked a LACK coffee table with some wheels last week. Works REALLY nice, might show up on here someday…

  5. Chaz Sugar says:

    Looks like it would make a very nice coffee table for a family room or rec room..on wheels non-the-less…easy to move and vacuum under and bring closer to the couch when needed…nice anyway…

  6. Corey says:

    Oh and there’s nothing wrong with that TV. That was just the style of Sony’s for a bit :) . They made the panel seem like it was floating with the speakers off to the side.

  7. Corey says:

    Yeah it was the Lack, the only had it for a year I suppose. It was a little unstable in its original form but it was versatile. I ended up having to make the shelf above the TV a few inches higher to fit the 56″ TV. This hack seems to be much nicer though :) .

  8. Anonymous says:

    it’s a Grand Wega dude…LCD proj…

    I like the stand…it’s nice…

  9. Anonymous says:

    What is wrong with your TV? Is that a flat panel set on top of the frame of a larger TV?

  10. Dude from Europe says:


    First, congratulations, you did an excellent work.
    It took several minutes to recognize your tv bench.
    It was called LACK, and was part of the LACK/EXPEDIT family.
    It’s an outgoing article, its substitute is the EXPEDIT TV/Bookcase system, bigger than your furniture.

  11. elpee says:

    @puremotif: Its not a Besta but I do see the resemblance.

    @Champs: I think you’re probably dead on it being a short-lived LACK model.

    It had a total of 4 shelves; two near the bottom and two at the top with the space in the middle for the TV.

    @Anonymous: RE: speaker stands. I got them at Magnolia Hi-Fi before Best Buy bought them out.

  12. Ricky says:

    +1 for wall plate network jack
    +1 for Guitar Hero
    -1 for some exposed wiring
    overall, pretty nice

  13. Anonymous says:

    this looks really nice. very clean and simple.

    never been a fan of tv stands which have shelves over the tv. i think a tv should always sit on top of something.

    can’t help you with the name of it sorry.

    QUESTION: I am wondering where you got the speaker stands from. I am in search of a good pair myself.

  14. Champs says:

    There was a LACK entertainment center much like this at the Minneapolis IKEA in early ’06, but when my wife and I went back for it in September, it was gone.

    I only remember it having one upper shelf, but it’s possible that it could have a JERKER-style stack option.

  15. puremotif says:

    I believe we are looking at the Besta Jagra:

    It is the same one my husband and I have and we “hacked it” by not addition the bottom front covers to the shelves, making them drawers and just left it open. although I love your dividers, this makes it even less cluttered.

    There is another similar tv stand, plain Besta:

    that I thought was it, but the giveaway is the cannister legs.

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