Published on October 8th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


LACK Video Console shelf with hidden cables

Materials: Wood, fabric, LACK shelves

Description: Console shelf with hidden cables

Since I moved to my apartment, I wanted to hook up all of my consoles. I grew up in the 80s, played a lot with my Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and I feel still in the mood to play the old Mario, Mega Man, Zelda or A boy and his blob.

So I wanted a shelf where I can leave all my consoles hooked up to the TV and be able to play every game at every time. The big issue was only, that all consoles need at least two cables, one for power and one for the video/audio. With the 8 consoles which I want to connect, that makes 16 ugly cables which have be hidden somewhere.

There are different possibilities to hide cables. But if you want to have a minimal design for the shelf, there is not much directly available. Due to the fact that I didn’t want to cut new shelves too much, I came to this solution:

I’ve built a frame out of wood (simple roof batten) with the width of one small LACK shelf, drilled some holes to screw the shelf to the wall and I predrilled the holes for the actual shelves. The whole thing was covered than with fabric. At every position where a shelf will be, I made a cut to the fabric to insert the cables, the lowermost gets a very big cut to ensure that every cable from all consoles can exit the construction. In addition, the screws for the very small LACK shelves from IKEA were screwed inside.

The most difficult part is to get all the cables inside. You can do this while the shelf is not mounted on the wall and sort them inside or try to get them through while hanging on the wall.

If the cables are through the cuts, the LACK shelves are attached and the consoles can be connected.

~ .holger, Hamburg, Germany

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

13 Responses to LACK Video Console shelf with hidden cables

  1. Financial Black Sheep says:

    I too have all of the older systems… including Atari. I can’t wait to do something similar in my living room. Thanks for the idea, my hubby and I love it! Good work.

  2. Anonymous says:

    we should so get married.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I commend the effort and execution, especially since you could use all except for the PS3 strictly for display. All of the other system and every game created for that system could fit on a thumb drive and run with an EMU.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Great idea.
    another addition would be, to sew the cuts like you have the button holes on the shirt,.. so the hole cannot rip or expand unwantedlly. :)

  5. Patric says:


  6. Anonymous says:

    That PS3 up top REALLY shouldn’t be vertical so high up. That’s just a sad story waiting to happen.
    Also, It must be a royal pain to play some of those since things like the Nintendo use wired controllers.

    Other than that, very cool hack!

    • Anonymous says:

      How quickly we forget that when wired controllers were the way to go, so were extension cables for those wireless controllers. I still have a few that haven’t been unpackaged.

    • Holger Krupp says:

      actually I have to place the PS3 vertical. I don’t have any console with such long extension cables to places it on the top. And the slim PS3 I own is to big to be placed on the Lack shelf. I consider to buy a new super-slim PS3, than it would be possible to place it horizontal. But for now, this is the best solution…

  7. Holger Krupp says:

    Moin max,

    nee ich setz mich auf’s Sofa. Ich hab für die meisten Konsolen Controller-verlängerungskabel, so dass das ganz gut geht.

    • max says:

      das ist ne seeehr gute idee ;) jetzt wird geshoppt ;)
      aber mal sehen wie weit das bei den dingern möglich ist, z.B. bei der Sega Mega Drive ;)

  8. Anonymous says:

    dreamcast – awesome!

  9. max says:

    hey holger, sau coole nummer!
    aber stellst du dich dann mit den controllern vor den schrank? hab auch schon dran gedacht meine schätzchen irgendwie zur schau zu stellen :)

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