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Published on December 7th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Built-in with Bench

Materials: Hemnes Wardrobe and Hemnes TV Unit

I put together the wardrobes and TV unit and then attached the wardrobes to wall studs. I used a mix of 1×6 & 1×8 pine boards over the top of the TV unit to fill in the gaps between it and the wardrobes and create a bench.

I then used various trim pieces to fill all gaps and make it look built-in to the wall and appear as one unit. I painted everything with white paint because the wardrobes and TV unit are not the same finishes and stained the pine boards on the TV unit.

~ Michelle Adams

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21 Responses to Built-in with Bench

  1. The designs are really awesome. Very creative. i love it <3

  2. Anonymous says:

    We’ll probably be doing this soon as we have a similar wall with a window just like this.

    What paint finish did you paint this all in white? And did you use a roller or brush? Thanks.

  3. Luanne says:

    THis i would love to put in my apartment! Great job! This will aesthetically improve any room.

  4. Michelle Adams says:

    My husband said he used what he called “boots” and a flexible hose. Basically, they were thin metal parts that he put in the hole in the floor and directed the air through the hole we cut in the front of the unit. Sorry this isn’t more detailed. Maybe your local air/heat business could help you out with the parts.

  5. Anonymous says:

    LOVE IT!!! My husband and I were talking about having California Closets build us something almost identical to this but they would have charged a ton of money. Could you please provide some more details on how your husband rerouted the air vent?

    Best idea EVER!!!!!

  6. Alexandra says:

    I LOVE IT! BEST HACK EVER!!! Very good job! Thanks man!

  7. danelle says:

    Heck ya, that’s my sister and her amazing construction skills. Way to go, Michelle!

  8. Michelle Adams says:

    What looks like wallpaper on the inside is actually how the wardrobes come. They have a yellow striped pattern on the interior back. There is a heat vent under one of the wardrobes. My husband actually took care of venting it out the front. He saved me on that one. I could put everything else together, but had no idea how to re-work the vent. Thank you for the nice comments.

  9. diana says:

    I love it, it’s so professionally done! I love Hemnes to start with, I love built-ins, I love window seats, I love how seamless you worked, how you took the air vent into the baseboard (and the baseboard itself) and how you played the window’s asymmetry with the curtains. This is a well planned hack! Did you put up the wallpaper (I presume) on the inside? Oh, and the round corner on the bench – genius!

  10. Megan says:

    I love this! Hemnes is one of my favorite collections at IKEA. My husband and I live in an old Victorian, so our closets are very shallow. I’ve been thinking about taking the closets out and replacing them with two big wardrobes. What you’ve done here would be PERFECT!

    Thanks for the inspiration.

  11. Skooks says:

    This is totally awesome. It gave me a great idea for something I could do in my own room. Thanks!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Very well done! You have skills, my friend.

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  14. Contempo says:

    Excellent use of the wardrobe closets on either side.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I think this is a brilliant use of space! If you could make some of those boards loosen or slide out somehow, you can use the spaces between the tall unit and the bench to store sensitive documents or other items you wish to secret away.


  16. marilyn says:

    this is so cool!!! And can make custom bench matresses too! what if you could paint it another color too! looks very easy to do with t he step by step

  17. reixy says:

    It looks like wallpaper, Anonymous. You can see in the picture above it the pattern goes higher up the wall.

  18. Anonymous says:

    is that a vent at the bottom of the wardrobe on the right? is there a heat source behind there?

  19. Anonymous says:

    nice job, i like it a lot

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