Published on November 29th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Built-in Entertainment Center

Built-in Entertainment Center

Materials: Besta, Integral, Akurum

Here’s What I Used:

2 Besta Frames
8 drawers (Inreda drawers, Besta drawer fronts)
8 drawer pulls (Strecket Handles)
4 Akurum doors
2 Integral rails
wood from Home Depot**
Accessories–mirrors, candles, globes, baskets(Ikea BYHOLMA)

Built-in Entertainment Center
Built-in Entertainment Center
Built-in Entertainment Center
Built-in Entertainment Center

Here’s What I Did:

I measured all the built-in spaces first so that I knew the correct measurements and which Ikea frames would work.

I took a Besta drawer front to Home Depot and tried to match the color for the wall paint

Tape off surrounding area,spackle,sand and paint the built-in area

Assemble and install the Besta frames and drawers

For the Integral rail and Akurum door slides, I had to do some math and figure out what kind of wood I would need in order to get the rail to attach to the wall (because they are meant to work with the Ikea kitchen cabinets). Once I got the wood, I cut it to size, pre-drilled some holes and attached it to the wall. After that, I could then install the railing system without any issues. The bottom doors on the built in are still Akurum doors, but I had to turn them sideways and mark new railing placements on them so that they would work for that opening.

See more of the entertainment system.

~ Loi, Orlando, FL

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Jules Yap

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7 Responses to Built-in Entertainment Center

  1. Anonymous says:

    I think the ikea part of this hack is where it falls flat. It seems better suited just to have glass shelves on the left and right a picture up top perhaps and maybe a hinged mesh grill (beige or white) on the bottom.

  2. Hans says:

    Never mind that last sentence. The idea is a good one but I still think that it would get a better and cleaner look if you removed the doors at the top completely. you could maybe use the rail on the right door at the bottom(just having one door)

  3. Hans says:

    you’ve done all that work and then you’ve put in units that doesn’t really fit. It makes it look weird. You should remove the top doors completely and replace the right door at the bottom with something that just blends in with the rest if the clean look. That little square hole at the bottom the left could be left open for a small lamp or maybe a speaker.

    Also, remove the mirrors

    Im sorry to say this but this is actually a case of over-hacking where what you began with looks better than what you ended up with

  4. Anonymous says:

    If you read the linked website you’ll see that the second last photo is the “before” and that the hacker had to work within the homeowner’s restrictions.

  5. jan says:

    I agree with anonymous… (1:44 pm of course)
    This doesn’t look good… You should decide between “clean look” and “open look”. Now you’re inbetween… it should be clean but it is not clean enough :(

  6. Anonymous says:

    No offense, but this is ugly. If you are going the built-in way (which I like), use some nice shelves and doors (possibly flush with the rest), and avoid frames and other cabinet-like structures.
    Not all is lost though, you can still beautify it by replacing those Besta and Akurum there… But this is a project for another time, maybe in 2-3 years, now you rest after so much work :-)

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