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Published on July 7th, 2009 | by Jules Yap


Ikea Expedit Asian inspired entertainment center

Jim recently completed an entertainment unit with an Asian bend. Nice. Very nice.

He says, “Basically, it’s an Ikea Expedit reconfigured and modified as an entertainment center in an Asian inspired style.

The first photo shows it without the bottom cube shelves and removable shelves.

Photo 2 shows it with the bottom cubes (easily removable since they are just dowled in).

Photo 3 Shows the full completed entertainment center with all shelves present.

I assembled this completely from scrap pieces from the Ikea free scrap bin with the exception of the backing board which is made from 2 medium gray (for contrast) mat boards from a local art supply store ($12.49 total). I obtained the 4 Allen screws from Ikea for free as well as 8 Ikea Billy shelf pins. There are of course scratches and a bad area on the bottom frame piece but it’s hidden. Also, I put it on 4 casters which I obtained from a piece of furniture someone in my neighborhood put out for trash (and added 2 hidden ones in the bottom center just in case it should sag in the future). Anyway, total cost of the project was $12.49 for the backing board and 2 days of my time. Hope folks like it.”

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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".

9 Responses to Ikea Expedit Asian inspired entertainment center

  1. Very lovely piece. You can put in all sorts of decorative items on the shelves. I just hoped you have a picture of the entertainment center will the TV, the DVD player, the component and all other media in place. And I hope it’s sturdy enough to support all the weight, because you really came up with a very nice entertainment center.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Excellent stuff! How did you create the longer shelves? I wanted to create a long shelf in the middle of a 2×4 and was curious if you might have some tips!

  3. Demi says:

    Totally cool!
    Any chance we can get instructions from the ‘designer’?

    Prty please!!

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  5. Anonymous says:

    this is fabulous

  6. Jenn says:

    This is beautiful. Well done!

  7. speedwell says:

    THAT is the way to hack Ikea. Bravo.

  8. Desiree says:

    I love it! Great job!

  9. gilliebean says:

    Awesome!! I love the price!

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