Published on January 4th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


Minimalistic Floating TV Unit

Materials: Besta bench (x2), furniture board, black MDF board, white speaker cloth, hinges and magnetic locks, various types of screws etc.

Description: I was looking for the perfect TV unit and as usual, couldn’t find what I was looking for. So I decided to hack it from Ikea parts.

These were the requirements:
- Hangs from the wall
- Covers all electrical outlets and the cable duct
- Should invisibly contain all electronics except for the TV
- Should allow for the remote signal and speaker system audio to travel through

Note: I have a PVC pipe (50mm) built into the wall to duct cables from the cabinet to the back of the TV.

I started out beginning of June 2010 and have the cabinet mounted since, but only now finished the doors to satisfaction. I’m very pleased with what I came up with and hope you like it too.

Still to do: LED lighting below

How to:
1) Trim the back of the middle vertical board of both cabinets, to leave 18mm to the back of the (not yet) assembled cabinet

2) Do the same to both vertical sides of one cabinet

3) Assemble the cabinets, use one of the trimmed vertical sides on each cabinet, do not use the backboards

4) For reinforcement, put some back slats in flat, 18mm from the back, with a lot of screws (top and bottom are made of honeycomb cardboard only)

5) Put both cabinets together with some screws, cut vertical sides should meet

6) Cut a piece of 18mm white furniture panel to replace the original backboard, it should fit nicely inside the back of the combined cabinets

7) Cut out holes for electrical sockets, cable duct to TV etc.

8) Mount backboard in back of cabinet with a lot of screws to the trimmed vertical boards and the horizontal slats (the backboard will mount the cabinet to the wall, make it strong)

9) Mount the cabinet to the wall using the new backboard (how you do this depends on your wall)

10) From black MDF (black won’t shine through the with speaker cloth, I tried with regular MDF at first, didn’t look good), make four door frames with rounded edges, with two holes in them (frame width is 30mm in my version), mount with hinges at the bottom and a magnet lock at the top

11) Remove door frames again and cover with speaker cloth (I used Bison TIX glue)

12) Mount doors again, Presto!

~ FoxVictor, Sint-Truiden, Belgium

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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 Minimalistic Floating TV Unit

  1. Nicole says:

    Great work! Just spent the last hour trying to find something that meets this brief!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I’d love to see an alternative to building something similar with something currently available from Ikea. It’s a really neat setup. Really loving it.

  3. Anonymous says:

    whats the maximum weight load?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Mooi gedaan !

  5. Anonymous says:

    Seems we all face similar problems :-)

    I first planned to do something similar to your work, I better post the results with my Dioder lamps, or you’ll beat me to it :-)

    Unfortunately I don’t have any piping in the wall, and my equipment was too large to fit inside a Besta unit…

    Anyway, where did you buy the ‘Besta Bench’ unit? The lowest unit over here seems to be 38 cm high, this one looks lower. I haven’t seen them in NL, nor on the Ikea BE website.


  6. allaboutecco says:

    ABSOLUTELY INSPIRING wow best ever!!!!
    J9 ;)

  7. sarah lee says:

    Great!!! Everyman should have such types of genius. I appreciate it.
    Home invasion

  8. NonnyMus2 says:

    Nice job! It’s good of you to post it so we can learn from your experience.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Truly an inspirational blog. I LOVE…LOVE….LOVE…

  10. Anonymous says:

    This is the most brilliant hack I have ever seen. Literally. It solves a problem that I have been grappling with for some time; how to keep the ugly stuff hidden, yet accessable. When the time comes, this hack will be my vote for 2013′s best hack.

    I. Am. Inspired.

  11. Wow, heel slim gevonden met die stof!

  12. Freed says:

    That is so cool. The designs are very neat.

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