Published on January 3rd, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Affordable, yet stylish TV bench

Materials: Besta Bench, Besta Vara door, Besta underframe

Description: I wanted a large and low profile media storage unit in order to hide all the electronics from the living room. With two Besta bench units, I’ve been able to build up the TV bench I needed with enough space for all the electronics. These Besta benches are a good basis because they provide a lot of room inside to store big elements. My main problem was that they don’t have front doors. This was the first part of the hack. The second part of the hack was to had a metal underframe in order lift the bench a little and give it much more style.

More pictures and explanations (in French) are available here.

~ Romain, Versailles – France

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Jules Yap

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15 Responses to Affordable, yet stylish TV bench

  1. Anonymous says:

    Great hack, but is the door resting on the carpet when open?

  2. Anonymous says:

    OMG!!! the pink carpet is amazing !! where is it from?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Does the remote signal go through the door?

  4. Anonymous says:

    To Casey, thats a DVD holder, it wouldnt support a TV.
    To everyone else: is this bench discountinued in the US? I can find the taller Bestas but not this short version.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Where can I find the pink carpet?

  6. Casey says:

    wouldnt buying this have been easier? Maybe its not available where you are

  7. Anonymous says:

    That looks really good, but “affordable” means 200 euro still… :-/

  8. Anonymous says:

    Does anyone know where they bought that awesome carpet?

    I’ve been looking for something like that.

  9. android blackjack says:

    This is very nice TV bench… Its looking very nice.. These are looking very nice…….

  10. Anonymous says:

    Looks great. Just wondering if it can sustain any weight at all. Need to do something for my living area, but if I can get something that also provides extra seating, that helps, too. Thank you.

  11. Ryan says:

    Really great job. Congrats.

  12. Ali says:

    I can see from the photo, the backboards have been removed to let the heat dispatch. So no need to be alarmed ;)

  13. Hans says:

    Looks really nice but I have some concern regarding heat. The PS3 generates a lot of heat that has to go somewhere and so does cables that are rolled up and put in a tight unit.

    Unless you’ve made some holes at the back to let the heat out you’re going to get problems like damage to components

    • Unknown says:

      I did the exact same TV bench here (love it), and like you I was concerned about the heat from the PS3, so we drilled a hole at the back (anyway we needed a hole for all of those cables.
      It’s been almost a year now, and the only time I heard the PS3′s fan turning like crazy was when silly me closed the door while playing.

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