Published on December 13th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


IKEA Expedit 4×2 turned fireplace/media console

Materials: 1 Expedit black/brown, 1 framless firebox, 4 screws

Description: I wanted a fireplace with a media center or console..

Since I had already been using my Expedit 4×2 bookcase as my TV stand+storage I started to visualize a way to recycle it and use it with a fireplace.

So I looked around for a 27″ firebox without a mantel until I found one.

I removed the 4 squares in the middle of the Expedit, left the side cubes and cut the wooden sticks to hold them in place, placed the firebox in the now empty center and on top of the firebox I put the long wooden piece I had previously removed I screwed it to the sides and the back of the bookcase (I took pics last night with my cell, but they are way too dark).

I looks very nice – and I did it for a fraction of the prices of a new one.

~ Maria Alvarez, Toronto, ON

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9 Responses to IKEA Expedit 4×2 turned fireplace/media console

  1. Hannah says:

    Do you think that a larger insert could fit? Because isn’t there about 33″ in that space? I found an insert that is 32.5 inches, so do you think that would fit?

    • Maria says:

      The only size that fits is the one I bought, in order to keep the side cubes intact you must use a 27″ insert, it fits perfect, One cm bigger, and it would not fit

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for posting! I was wondering if I could cut the shelves in this model expedit so that it would fit my cable box and dvd player. I see it can handle that and more!

  3. Anonymous says:

    It is a “fireplace”…just like any other electrical fireplace…I love it! :-)

  4. Anonymous says:

    Yes i was also really wondering – should be best added to the article that this is no real fireplace.

    Looks great and fits very well!

  5. Anonymous says:

    I was the hacker for this one.
    I bought the fireplace insert on Kijiji ($100 refurbished).
    This is way too safe – it is an electric box with fake logs & a rotating lamp that pretends to do flames, it is also separate switch for a heater but I do not use the heather as the house is warm enough.
    Plus I covered the entire insert frame with aluminum paper – the vent in the back is open, the Expedit bookcases do not come with back panels, so there is nothing blocking the vents.
    It could not be safer :-)

    Maria A

  6. Anonymous says:

    Is this safe? And what about the effect of the heat on your electronics?

  7. Matt K says:

    That looks pretty awesome. Can the creator share where she found her firebox?

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