Published on January 15th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


Bespoke AV Cabinet

Materials: Faktum/Applad base cabinets; Profile Aurora Laminate Benchtop; Soundlabs Acoustic Speaker Grille Cloth

Description: I was unable to find any off-the-shelf solutions that would house full size audio visual equipment. Most AV cabinets are too shallow and/or too short. I soon realised that I needed a bespoke solution. I designed and built this solution at a fraction of what it would of cost to pay a professional to get it wrong ;)

I wanted something that would house the 3 front speakers, full sized receiver, NAS, Xbox, DTV etc and keep the clutter concealed without any negative impact on sound quality.

I opted for Ikea Faktum kitchen cabinets to form the base. I custom cut a German made laminate bench top since the cabinet is 2500mm long and Ikea only supply benchtops up to 2400mm long.

The doors are Ikea Applad White and started out as solid doors. I routed them out, routed a rebate in the back, painted the routed edges and filled the routed holes with white German made acoustic speaker cloth. The doors make valuable use of Ikea soft closing hinges and spring loaded releases which remove the need to add handles to the doors.

~ Ryan, Australia

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4 Responses to Bespoke AV Cabinet

  1. Anonymous says:

    When I lived in Germany, IKEA was pretty much like Walmart – where you went for EVERYTHING. I fell in love with the clean lines and simple design. You do a great job replicating the look!

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  2. Vince says:

    How do you handle heat build up? I have a similar set up, but on the cabinet that holds my xbox360 it often overheats while playing

    • Free says:

      Just thinking the same thing

    • Ryan Grondal says:

      To honest, the XBox hasn’t had a whole lot of use since I made it (the WDTV and Sonos have made it almost redundant for me). The main component generating the heat is the AV receiver – it’s a powerful unit. The speaker cloth on the front is acoustically transparent – its highly breathable. I have been monitoring the heat and it doesn’t seem to be getting any hotter than the previous cabinet that I had which had ventilation holes in the rear and no doors on the front. Despite the hot temperatures here in an Australian summer I haven’t had a heat issue yet. Having said that I’m still keen to hear what cooling solutions other may have, maybe some quiet computer fans or similar?…

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