Published on February 6th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Table Head Cabinet

From Ikea: Billy bookcase, Billy Height extension, 2 Faktum base cabninets 40cm wide, Faktum wall cabinet (40 x 92cm).
Other stuff: Plasterboard, wooden slats, monitor arm and wallpaper (Cole & Son Wood).

We needed to add some extra storage space in the our living room and we were looking for a cabinet that would blend in. We came up with the idea to make a cabinet at the head of the table. First we thought to make the cabinet entirely from MDF, but we also wanted the wallpaper that we have in our kitchen to repeat somewhere in the living room. Wallpaper on the side of a thin plate of MDF didn’t feel right and for that reason the side of the cabinet had to have a more “wall like” appearance.

Finally we came up with this solution. We stacked up 3 Faktum cabinets (for hidden storage) on one side and a Billy bookcase with height extension (for books) on the other. Both sides with their backs to each other. Both Billy and Faktum have a width of 40cm. In front of the Ikea storage heap we constructed a frame of wooden slats, which in turn was covered with plasterboard. We took 36 mm slats and 12.5 mm plasterboard. This results in a “wall” of approx 5cm. After plastering the bumps we gave this “wall” a wallpaper finish.

Finally we mounted our monitor on the wall with a monitor arm that can fold back completely. This way we have a working space on the table that can easily be pushed aside or made into a interactive picture frame for a diner with friends.

The only thing missing now is a nice colorful fake bird on the wall. A new table project will be next.

~ Roel, Netherlands

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17 Responses to Table Head Cabinet

  1. Anonymous says:

    I love this project, great job, good ingenuity. I also love the wallpaper. Does anyone know where to find the cabinets? I can’t seem to locate them on the IKEA website?? Any help will be greatly appreciated.


  2. Amazing!how to use the space is learnt from you.Beautiful wallpaper gives classy and exotic interior.i want to apply this technique to my room.good idea indeed.

  3. Hi there, I want to glue wallpaper to a screen (room divider) – did you just use normal wallpaper glue, is it strong enough? Mine will be ‘handled’ a lot so dont want peeling. Should I use wood glue?

  4. estelle says:

    Hye Roel, your idea is great!

    I’m trying to do the same thing in my living room but I cannot find any wall cabinet with the same depth as the base cabinet.

    You said you needed 2 base cabinets and one wall cabinet? Were they the same depht? 60 or 37?

    What I found is:
    faktum wall cabinets :
    Width: 40.0 cm
    Depth: 37.0 cm
    Height: 92.0 cm

    base cabinet:
    Assembled size
    Width: 39.8 cm
    Depth: 60.0 cm
    Height: 86.0 cm

    Thank you so much!
    (Sorry for my english)

  5. nfg says:

    Great idea. Beautiful!

  6. Anonymous says:

    This is a verry nice idea!

    wil copy for sure!

  7. marcO says:

    Very nice man. Definetly coping your work pretty soon. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Meaghan says:

    amazing. way to make the space work for you!!

  9. majeral says:

    Very nice , when you coming to Texas? got a job for you!

  10. Roel says:

    First of thanks for the comments :)

    Now to answer some questions:

    @Zlinko: The wallpaper is from Cole & Son and the pattern is called Wood from the Contemporary II collection. You can find suppliers on their website (

    @Anonymous: The monitor wallmount is from Newstar type

    @Anonymous: The main power cord goes up between the Billy and the Faktum, then enters faktum at the right height. The computer is just inside on a shelf. The cables go through a hole in the wall. ( That hole is covered by a USB HUB Cable hole cover from DealExtreme (

    @Anonymous: The monitor is not that low. Our table is very high (> 80cm) The table will one day be replaced by a lower one. Also this computer is also used by our kids.

  11. Anonymous says:

    looks fantastic. very well done.
    monitor seems a bit low though.

  12. Sing says:

    VEry cool and a great space saving idea.

  13. Anonymous says:

    cool looks great.
    please tell us how you hide the cabels and powercord.
    picture;s please

  14. Anonymous says:

    hi what brand wallmount u used
    great idea

  15. Anonymous says:

    Great idea! I think it’s a sign of good hack when I immediately think, “Where can I do this in my own home?” :)

  16. Zlinko says:

    Where did you purchase your wallpaper. I really like it.

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