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Published on March 2nd, 2010 | by Jules Yap


A recessed Bertby display cabinet

Rebecca hacks her version of the recessed Bertby display cabinet.

“We moved to a condo with limited space and we needed a display cabinet for some of our collections. We already bought a Detolf  from Ikea but the problem is it has only 4 shelves, which is good for some of our larger pieces. We need a shallower cabinet with more selves for smaller items. We came across the Bertby DVD/CD cabinet and it seems perfect for our purpose. Inspired by another project from Ikeahacker, we cut a hole in the wall and mounted the Bertby recessed in between the studs to save more floor space.

Instead of using the Ikea furnished installation hardware, we secured the cabinet from the side to the studs by using screws. We added lights at both the top and the bottom so our display can shine. As seen in the top picture, it sits now nicely in the hallway. The width of the “Bertby” is 7.5″ and with it recessed in the wall, it protrudes only 3.0″, giving it a custom look. The second picture shows how slim it looks and with the “Detolf” close by, they really complement each other well. We are very happy with the results.”

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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".

17 Responses to A recessed Bertby display cabinet

  1. Anonymous says:

    I’d take some quarter-round wood trim and trim along the wall around the unit. Then paint it to look like the cabinet.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Oops! I believe outlets must be at a certain hight from the floor. That outlet looks too low for me. You may not have any problems now, but When you are ready to sell your house..

  4. Anonymous says:

    it looks awesome, but did you check the building codes for the electric outlet and phone jack?

  5. retro_rose says:

    Genius! I love it!

  6. Anonymous says:

    very well done,,,

  7. its very wonderful idea.They are really great.

  8. Rebecca says:

    Thanks everyone for your kind words. We didn’t use any 2×4 underneath. We just screwed the cabinet from both sides to secure it to the studs. After we opened up the wall, we had to relocate one of the studs, the electric outlet and the phone jack. The dry wall needed some patch up afterwards but it is relatively painless.

  9. Good job. Frankly, I think it is cooler than the Detolf from IKEA.

  10. DJinny says:

    I love it!
    And its a perfect spot for it in your lovely space!

  11. Regan says:

    I’ve been eyeing that hack for years now, too! Did you guys do the 2x4s underneath, also? I’m not much of a carpenter, and I fear having to call a workman in because I’ve hosed my drywall.

  12. Matt says:

    Been planning to do this for years. Good job.


  13. Jeanette says:

    Looks really good. Wonderful idea.

  14. Kia says:

    Great idea. Looks awesome and “expensive”! ;)

  15. Anonymous says:

    I did this years ago and got a lot of compliments on it! Nice job!

  16. Anonymous says:

    cool man!

  17. Ryan says:

    Looks really nice. Well done!

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