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Published on December 17th, 2008 | by Jules Yap


TV shelf with door stoppers for legs

This is neat. Door stoppers as legs for the Lack shelf. Kudos, Scott.

The door stoppers are aluminium rubber-tipped door stoppers and fixed to the bottom of a Lack wall shelf using the screws provided. It also happens to be the perfect snuggle height for his DVD recorder and sound system.

See more of Scott’s Lack TV shelf.

Updated! February 23, 2009
Door stoppers as legs for computer shelf
Brian stumbled upon the above entry when he was looking for a monitor stand to use in conjunction with his laptop.

“I stole most of the idea from “Scott’s Lack TV Shelf”.

Hensvik Ikea Shelf – $9.99
4 Door Stoppers – $12.00


It took about 10 minutes to measure and then screw in the 4 door stoppers! Super easy and cheap project!”

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34 Responses to TV shelf with door stoppers for legs

  1. Anonymous says:

    #Glasstable_hack: I’d suggest legs like Capita that have a decent mounting surface, then use “Rear View Mirror Adhesive”, as found in automotive stores or online.
    *note this stuff is not very shelf-stable. If the package looks old or beat up, leave it alone.
    Examples are ” Permatex 81844 ” or “LocTite 37438 ”
    You don’t need much adhesive as long as the mating surfaces are clean and smooth.
    Where you already have the table frame, I’d suggest checking how many mounts were used before. Use one adhesive package for each mount point.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I found a STUVA MALAD drawer front (23×12) in the as-is department and I think it works really well for a monitor stand. Just about the right size and the handle cut-out provides some cable management in the back:

  3. Shannon says:

    Thanks so much for the awesome idea! I’ve been trying to come up with a solution for a bit and yours is perfect. Thanks again for posting such a great idea.

  4. Anonymous says:

    What a great idea. I’ve been searching for a DIY monitor stand, that will give me enough room to slide my keyboard, under the monitor. This should do the trick. Thank you.

  5. Alex says:

    Wow, very nice! I was looking at some retail shelf risers going for over $100! What a ripoff! This solution is great and will look much better. Thanks!

  6. Rob says:

    This is a fantastic idea, I’ve been looking for something like this but haven’t been able to find anything suitable.

    I’ll be giving this bad boy a go!

  7. Anonymous says:

    I have a frosted glass computer table and matching frosted piece of glass I want to use as a shelf. Does anyone know what i could get to use for legs to hold up my shelf?

  8. Anonymous says:

    For about £15 I got four Capita legs and a Lack wall shelf. Now I have a really handy shelf to put speakers, laptop and other things under, as well as elevating my monitors which I needed doing anyway!
    Thanks so much for the inspiration.

  9. Anonymous says:

    thanks for the tip, we used the capita legs with the hensvik and working perfectly! Total kost (here in Belgium, Europe): 18euro.

  10. Frank Zen says:

    Not sure about the door stoppers but I know that Capita Legs and definitely hold 50lbs. I have a 37″ LCD sitting on it and I’d say it weighs roughly 50lbs.

  11. Anonymous says:

    would it work to hold a 50lb tv? I plan on using a 23in x 19in shelf from the Kullen wardrobe that i didnt use. Its the perfect size to place my tv on, but I cant seem to think of ways to fit my dvd under. any ideas?

  12. Anonymous says:

    Great idea. Any thoughts on how to attach the Capita legs to a glass shelf (e.g., KOMPLEMENT) ?

  13. Jon says:

    Thanks Jules. That wasn’t clear from the original post.

    I am shocked, SHOCKED, that somebody let’s a non-Ikea product into their life… :)

  14. Jules says:

    Jon the door stoppers are not from Ikea. Just get some from your hardware store.

  15. Jon says:

    Will somebody puhlease point out the exact door stoppers used for me? I just cannot find them online (UK site is best for me please). Whatever I search on, I cannot locate them.

    Yes, I have noted the Capita comments, that’s an option, but I just want to check the stoppers out.


  16. Frank Zen says:

    I also used Capita legs with a shelf out of the discarded parts section:

    My desk is nowhere as neat though…

  17. Brian says:

    If you’re using the shelf for a workstation, you may also want to check out the As-Is section for cabinet doors and other random pieces of wood to use as your shelf. I got a nice finished piece for only $3.99 and finished it with the Capita legs. Saved a bundle!

  18. combu says:

    Yeah, Osten shelf works well too. Same size/shape as Hensvik, but it’s made of particleboard and sells for $5.

  19. Phasma Felis says:

    Also, any old shelf or desktop will do. I used a small half-circle Galant desktop to match my Galant desk.

  20. Phasma Felis says:

    Neat idea! As others have said, Ikea Capita legs also work well if you want more clearance. They have hard plastic feet instead of rubber, so I used stick-on felt furniture pads from Kroger to keep them from scratching my desk.

  21. si says:

    Btw which table is that?????

  22. galdur says:

    hmmm … I guess people have different preferences, but to me the mac picture presents a bum deal, going from a dual screen setup to a single one. Or does this Mac not to dual?

    Aside from that, a nice hack, I’ve been thinking of various ways to a DIY laptop stand for a while. I’m keeping this one in mind.

  23. Anonymous says:

    This project uses the Hensvik shelf. The Lack shelve from the TV project may have been cut?

  24. Kids, very cool offering, but that is so last weekend for me. Our office did this over the weekend prior to this article, honest!
    PS: save yourself $2 dollars and a trip to the hardware store, and buy EVERYTHING at IKEA instead:
    Capita (/4 pack) 4″Legs=$10; 6″Legs =$12; 8″Legs=$14
    Best of all, they look like they belong with Ikea products…because they are.
    Notes about Lack Wall shelves…
    Straight shelves come in 2 lengths: 74.75″ & 43.25″
    BE CAREFUL about placement of Capita legs, as Lack is constructed from masonite, particleboard and essentially a corrugated cardboard core-this has limited places to screw into. If you want your screws to stick pay attention to placement
    Go get em!
    -Ex Machina Hacker-
    EX MACHINA design x marketing
    …we look forward to the Experience.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Where do you find those door stoppers? I can’t find them on the ikea site.

  26. Anonymous says:

    That’s not a LACK shelf. The LACK shelf is 6 feet wide- take a look at the Ikea site. I also own the shelf.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Where did the door stops come from? Ikea as well?

  28. Anonymous says:

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  29. Smashley says:

    YES! We use the same shelf for our flatscreen and need a space for our new Sony blu-ray player (they’re long).

    Great hack!

  30. Anonymous says:

    You can get more clearance by using Ikea Capita legs instead of the door stoppers.

  31. Peter says:

    Wow, a beautiful piece. I wish my components were not as high as they are.

  32. Alex says:

    Nice idea. However, make sure the devices got enough cool air, otherwise they may overheat. Electronic things like some free space around them!

  33. PJ says:

    I bought door stoppers at Home Depot tonight buth they’re the kind you put on the hinge. This is really too cool. What a great idea.

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