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Published on September 14th, 2009 | by Jules Yap


Framing up your entertainment center

This is a pretty interesting entertainment set up from Tien. The frame does “hold” the ensemble together and makes an eye-catching wall feature. And the Chinese opera faces is a nice touch.

“I just wanted to show you my Ikea hack now that it’s all done. I wanted a simple, uncluttered system. Luckily, I only have a few components. Here’s a breakdown of what I used:

4 Lack long shelves
2 Lack side tables
1 Anno Sanela – Panel curtain
a few L brackets
a cardboard box
red ribbon
cut vinyls
Pioneer KURO TV
Pioneer LX-01 sound system

1) I painted the background a glossy white, mounted the four shelves in a “pinwheel” and flipped the top one upside down so that the screw holes wouldn’t show.

2) Then I took the two table tops, attached them perpendicular to each other and mounted it directly to the wall using L-brackets. I sawed off the table legs to extend the shelf to fit the PS3 underneath.

3) On the bottom shelf and table top, I cut holes so that I could run my wiring through. I wrapped it all together with a red ribbon (my logic – if it’s going to visible, I might as well make it stand out). Though it looks like one long wire, it actually goes in and out of the box – the in is for all the power and the out is for all the sound system cables.

4) I cut pieces and spray glued it to a cheap cardboard box and hid all the cords inside.

5) Mounted vinyls.
Later on, I’ll add a laptop that will sit on the connection box that will control streaming media.”

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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".

11 Responses to Framing up your entertainment center

  1. Anonymous says:

    A simple piece of shelving painted white and stuck off the wall would have hidden that ugly cable wrap.

    better yet, add another sideways shelf and put the gear under the TV instead of 8 feet away so the cable does not drape across the floor.

    Hidden = cleaner look. there is no way to showcase the cables cleanly.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Excellent TV. Cables: major fail.

  3. Smart Space says:

    I like the hack, but I’m not sure about the white glossy background.

  4. Erik says:

    Holy smokes! That is some quality hacking right there. Nice.

  5. Dustin says:

    How cool – this is why I love Ikea Hacker so much and definitely gives some great ideas for a project i have been thinking about… I like the idea of basically getting away from an ‘entertainment center’ altogether!

  6. majeral says:

    OH YEAH THAT IS VERY COOL…. I like the cables “covers” for me I think purple .. great hack!!

  7. Liz says:

    wow! I think that this is my favorite Ikea hack that I have seen so far! It’s a great, simple concept and there is a lot you can do with it.

  8. DIM'er says:

    Wow, very creative! Excellent hack!

  9. Roman says:

    Nice Job!
    I like the red wrap arround the wires.

    …the PS3 controllers work with bluetooth, so the wood wont bother them at all.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Very cool looking. I wonder though–how well do the wireless controllers work if the PS3 is hidden behind a layer of wood?

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