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Published on August 13th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


HDTV Frame

Materials: 5 Ikea LACK Tables, Table Saw, 3M Low Profile Dual Lock Velcro

Description: Create a frame around your wall mounted HDTV to hide cables. The Lack tables are cut to size to fit the TV and are secured to the walls using 3M Velcro.

Step by step instructions of the HDTV frame are available here.

P.S. If anyone’s wondering about the other Ikea items in the photo the bookcase is the LACK Bookcase, the cabinets are floated BESTA shelf units with VARA doors, and the end cap is a cut down EXPEDIT 2×2 unit.

~ Michael

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Jules Yap

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11 Responses to HDTV Frame

  1. Michael says:

    I only have a blu ray player inside so it doesn’t get hot. If I had more power intensive equipment I’d probably just cut some vent holes in the floor of the Besta units for the air to escape since the underside isn’t visible. You could always mount some computer fans to the inside bottom to push the air out if just the holes weren’t enough. I believe they have some automatic ones that turn on when the temperature reaches a certain level. Or you could just open the doors when your AV equipment is on :)

  2. daryl says:

    I like your hack and may follow your hack. And i love the floating Besta too. However, don’t you need some ventilation for the av equipment. This is what driving me crazy cause i love the enclosed floating besta for the av but i’m worry that my amplifier and PC inside will get too hot.

  3. Michael says:

    I felt the same way about the panels at first but grew to prefer the gridlike appearance rather than a plain surface. Also using multiple panels gives you more flexibility on sizing and are lightweight enough to not require stud mounting or hollow wall anchors of any sort, keeping the surface clean. The VIKA AMON table would not have worked in my instance because it isn’t wide enough (I would have had to use 2 tables, creating a horizontal seam, and making it a more expensive solution), nor thick enough to completely fill the TV mount gap.

    If anyone does anything similar make sure to post pictures!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Why not use the VIKA AMON tabletop (150x75cm) with a hole in the middle.
    Available in birch, green, red, white and glossy white

  5. Brat says:

    This design rocks. I’d like to adapt it by POSSIBLY separating the panels as another reader suggested, so as to eliminate the seams issue. And I’m thinking the panels could be covered in wallpaper, fabric, handpainted, or covered in a triptych-type poster of your favorite photo (pet, the kids, travel landscape) – wow I am loving your design and once I’ve hacked your hack ;) I will be back to post mine. Great job, and thank you for the inspiration!

  6. Anonymous says:

    i like the setup what kind of besta is it?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Looking good.. I think it looks really nice.. But I like the setup under the tv as well. It looks clean and the black shelve looks nice against the white.. .

  8. Anonymous says:

    This feels unnecessary.

    • Anonymous says:

      Your comment was unnecessary. ANYWAY – I think this is a neat way to add a splash of color and decorative depth using a common, low cost IKEA product.

      It might look a bit more slick if you could hide the seams – I’m not sure of a good resolution, but otherwise I think it looks great.

      Nice job!

    • Brian Hunt says:

      I dig the whole look you have going on! I would actually leave a 1 inch gap between each Lack top. Then nobody would think anything of the seams because the gaps would be part of the design.

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