Published on July 21st, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Expedit unit for smaller TV

Materials: Expedit 5×5 white cupboard

Description: We wanted an entertainment unit that wasn’t too deep, moved the TV higher off the ground and also had storage.

Nothing we saw really worked for us, and the standard Ikea Expedit TV unit had too big a space for our 81cm TV.

So we converted our existing Expedit cupboard by creating a 3×2 cube space for our TV.

It required 3 cuts:
1. 2 cuts for the horizontal shelf
2. one of the now redundant vertical dividers was cut to 10cm height to support the TV and create compartments for the DVD players.

The cuts were done at a woodwork shop, which took about 2 minutes on their table saw.

We drilled dowel holes and used shorter 2cm dowels to hold the TV shelf and 10cm vertical support, and bought some iron-on melamine edging tape to cover the sawed ends where needed.

We’re very happy with this simple and very functional hack.

~ Kar-Soon, Sydney, Australia

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6 Responses to Expedit unit for smaller TV

  1. Kristy says:

    I know this is an old post, but I was just wondering how it has held up? I am wanting to do this to our unit soon. also, is there a gap you repositioned the horizontal shelf? just wondering if the saw took out enough to make it super noticeable. Thanks!

  2. x says:

    I’m sorry, but doesn’t that particular EXPEDIT cupboard have 5 large horizontal boards? Ergo, how can you simply cut a 3×2 opening out of it?

  3. Anonymous says:

    The baskets are the banana leaf baskets, from IKEA. Can’t remember their exact name. $14.99/ea, I believe.

  4. Roger says:

    A nice addition would be a cable channel attached to the back with some 3M removable adhesive tape, to control that cable clutter.

    I like this hack, nice and simple.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I like it. Looks very neat and tidy, well done!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Very nice. Which baskets are they?

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