Published on January 30th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


IKEA featuring JBL

Materials: IKEA Bestå, chipboard, JBL 15″, basport & Zachry amp

Description: This hack is in the “€noticed but not seen” approach!

I was disappointed of the Sony sub I had and also wanted a very clean installation in my living-room. So an idea grew in my mind and after some calculation I found a great JBL speaker that was able to handle both small boxes and high power, so together with my 400W Zachry that not was used for another project they fitted very well in to the volume of a Bestå shelf.

The Bestå was already in the living room so it was dismantled and some chipboard replaced some of the parts and some was also added in order to stiffen the box. Some attenuation material was added in the box as well.

The loudspeaker was then simply fitted together with the amplifier & basport into the upgraded Bestå. The result is definitely not liked by the neighbors, but by me.

See more of the Besta sound system.

~ Fredrik, Malmö, Sweden

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Jules Yap

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8 Responses to IKEA featuring JBL

  1. Anonymous says:

    I’m going to show this to my husband. I, like you, don’t like the look of the bass box hanging around looking ugly. a “cross between fashion and function” has always been my motto. and…….I too luuvvvv the lamp and want to know where you got it…or maybe I could just hack one up and post it!!!

  2. NonnyMus says:

    I’m glad I’m not your neighbor!

    For anyone else thinking of this hack, read your condo or coop rules or your apartment lease first. This hack definitely falls under the heading of “Noise”.

    For everyone else, please remember the Golden Rule!

    • Don Krypton says:

      Well, it depends on what you’re doing with a subwoofer. In a young guys’ car it’s loud on the inside and embarrassing on the outside. At cinemas it’s a great experience. And in home cinema it’s standard…look for it: 2.1, 5.1, 7.1 – the “.1″ is always the subwoofer.

      By the way: Well done! Does the shoe box stand the power and the vibrations or is it already fallen apart…:-)…?

    • Fredrik says:

      It works very well, it is though stiffened up a lot!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for your post. Your idea to integrat the sub into a besta shelf is just great.
    Could you say where you got the lamp on the pictures from? I’m looking for such a lamp.


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