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Published on October 13th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Fireplace/media storage/shelving from IKEA Kitchen

Materials: Akurum cabinets, doors and wall panels; Ekby Järpen floating shelving,

Description: My new loft was basically three blank walls and 15-foot floor to ceiling windows. It sorely needed a focal point, so I designed this combination fireplace/media storage/shelving unit to give it some excitement.

I hired a contractor to build the framework for the fireplace and media center, which forms the base of the unit. A frame consisting of 2x4s was placed lengthwise across the length of the floor. Four Akurum wall fan/refrigerator cabinets were screwed atop the framework, then screwed together. The 2×4 framework formed a base for the cabinet, which was covered with a Perfekt door panel, ripped to length.

The fireplace is essentially a box formed by four 2x4s, approximately ten feet long. The box was mounted to the wall and ceiling, then covered with large Perfekt door panels.

Finally, I ran the electrical wiring for the lighting and the electric fireplace before installing the Ekby floating shelves. I drilled holes in the shelves to route the wiring for the Grundtal lighting disks (I hate seeing wires on the surface of shelving), then mounted the shelves to the base, which had been screwed to the wall.

Finally I built the firebox (more 2×4′s!) installed the fireplace, covered the firebox in natural stone tile, and flanked it with mirrors to give the room some depth.

The cabinets hold multiple electronic components, including a whole-house music and lighting control system, as well as the typical odds and ends you find in a living room.

The entire project took about 2 weeks to complete, and cost approximately $7,000, including contractor labor.

~ Vince Edd, Seattle, WA

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17 Responses to Fireplace/media storage/shelving from IKEA Kitchen

  1. http://wrightsdesign.blogspot.com/ I like the design, a bit masculine color pallete… Overall good job!

  2. Anonymous says:

    so dark…

  3. Shane says:

    I am truly stunned, I wish there was more too it. Cause I can not stop looking at this one. Very envious.

  4. Yes you done a very good job, i like your setup,Its simply superb, fireplace is also looks well set, Keep it up.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Jealousy runs through my veins. Good job!

  6. eva says:

    oh my… all i can say is your really one of a kind in doing this, actually this is my dream living area, love to have this in my own living room soon.

  7. Jon says:

    Excellent. I wish I had the creative mind you do. It’s simply beautiful.

  8. Karl Weinrich says:

    Nice job! What did you use for the curved fireplace mantel?

  9. Erin says:

    Love the way you tied the entire thing together…it makes sense and I’m guessing it looks nice as you’re using the stairs. Great job.

  10. Henna @ AboutCabinets Blog says:

    beautiful set up, the decor is very elegant and graceful, the book shelf and the cabinets are very good, give the room a really good glow!!

  11. IKEA Spotter says:

    That is stunning. Very rich and warm. Great use of space. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Great job!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Fantastic job! Very attractive!

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  15. Sing says:

    Stunning. Way to use the vertical space above the fireplace.


  16. Ivy says:

    That is gorgeous! Come over to my house and redecorate it!

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