Published on October 14th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Expedit entertainment center with a colorful twist

Materials: Expedit 4×2 bookcase, Lack wall shelf, 4 capita legs, Annamoa fabric, 2 Kassett boxes, 4 dowel rods, fabric tape

Description: This is a combination of previously seen hacks with a twist. We went with the standard Expedit bookcase turned on its side, with a Lack wall shelf on top supported by Capita legs. We added two Kassett boxes to store the Wii and XBox360 games and controllers.

This was all great until our 8 month old started exploring and becoming more curious about the video game systems and boxes. So we needed a way to keep her out.

So we picked up some Annamoa fabric and some dowel rods. We drilled some holes about a half-inch from the top and bottom of each opening and ran dowel rods through the holes. We then cut the fabric with an extra 1.5 inches on the top and bottom. The excess fabric was folded over and “hemmed” with the fabric tape creating a loop for the dowel rods to run through. once the dowels and fabric panels were in place, we added some hot glue to the outer holes to keep the dowels in place.

To open the “panel doors” simply slide the fabric left or right. The fabric is a little stiff to start, but should loosen up over time. A nice side-effect is that the XBox360 controllers will work without having to slide the panels to the side.

In the end, we added eight “doors” to the unit for a total cost of about $25. Much cheaper and more attractive than other “door” options.

~ Cork Gaines, Texas

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7 Responses to Expedit entertainment center with a colorful twist

  1. Tamara Kidd says:

    Love it! Copying it! Love it! Thank you thank you thank you for sharing oxo

  2. i would like to say just it was so beautiful such great art you was made it good looking…and it divided in to boxes makes is too good.

    entertainment centers

  3. GemmaBeads says:

    This looks wonderful! I especially like how you have kept the pattern of the print in tact like a divided work of art.

    As to temtresssita’s questions about being sturdy, I can say from my experience that this shelf system is quite sturdy!

    I have the larger one in my daughters’ bedroom with an assortment of books and boxes and was thinking of using spring tension curtain rods with fabric panels much the same way as you have here. Not to keep them out but the clean up the cluttery look and to tie in their window and closet curtains. They would be removable for cleaning and rearranging. You’ve inspired me to quit “thinking” about it and get to it!

  4. Did you have to mount the expedit to the wall for the tv to be on it? Is it sturdy enough as is?

  5. Kathryn says:

    That’s an awesome idea from an aesthetic point of view! I’ve got our wifi router sitting in an expedit cubby in our bedroom and I’ve been longing for a way to hide it without having too much of an impact on its broadcast capabilities.

    I’m not sure how long fabric curtains will hold back a curious soon-to-be-toddler, though :-)

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