Published on April 21st, 2012 | by Jules Yap



Materials: Benno CD tower

Description: When we moved to our new place I needed a shelf above the bed and had a spare Benno CD tower. I decided to use three angle brackets I had surplus as they would be mostly hidden.

First I trimmed the bottom off the Benno unit so it would match the top, then reassembled the unit with Gorilla glue & fresh dowels – I overbuild as the ‘bottom’ shelf would be hung from the brackets.

I had to cut some small notches in the backing where the brackets would poke through.

I firmly fixed the three brackets to the wall, note the wiring made safe from a previous light fixture I wanted to hide in case it came in useful at a later date.

Then I mounted the Benno unit – the top shelf is on top of the brackets.

There you have it – clutter that would otherwise have clogged up bedside tables or the windowsill now has a place & a usable unit didn’t end up in the landfill.

~ Cakefool, Walsall, UK

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6 Responses to Benno-Over-Bed

  1. Laura says:

    Interested in where the bed is from also!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Also the bed?

  3. Janet says:

    Source for that awesome wallpaper?

  4. Anonymous says:

    I really like your wall. Is that wallpaper?

  5. Beth says:

    I thought about doing something like this myself, but the books I wanted to put on the shelf were about a centimetre too tall. And they are smaller than regular size novels (not that there is a regular size anymore, since every publisher seems to have a slightly different size). I like the way you did the brackets going through the back. I had been unsure how to mount the shelf given the minimal space I have to put it in.

  6. Anonymous says:

    You could add some LEDs to the bottom of the Benno as a nice bit of reading lights – if you’re reading in bed, using that light fixture leftover…

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