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Published on March 5th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


Speakers built into book shelf

Materials: Book shelf, drill, measuring tape, pencil.

Description: My old, black speakers and stereo was taking up a lot of room on a window sill and all the cords were in oe big mess. After carefulle measuring out the shelf of our IKEA book shelf, I was able to cut them in length so that the speakers would fit as seen on the picture. All the cords are run through holes in the back plate and is connected with the stereo out of sight.

~ Jesper, Denmark.

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Jules Yap

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7 Responses to Speakers built into book shelf

  1. Anonymous says:

    Nice clean work.

    I’m a bit confused about one thing, though: what’s holding up the ends of the shortened shelves next to the speakers?

    • Anonymous says:

      I drilled small holes that fit the shelf supports exactly (6mm as far as I remember). It was actually harder to make the ‘nutches’ in the shortened shelves that the supports would fit in.
      When drilling it is important to not drill all the way through!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I too am a bit leery of the position of the left speaker. The right speaker will have a more “open” sound, while the left speaker will have some notes emphasized, with the bass being a bit pronounced and maybe even muddy. By the look of the photograph however, I can imagine that you’re not sitting in the sweet spot in the room for sound. That spot is rarely attained in most households due to it’s low WAF* values. I would do one more thing however: move the electronics to the center: being on the side, they look a little off balanced. That being side, it is a very fine way to get speakers off the floor and make it part of the room.

    *WAF: Wife Acceptance Factor. What your wife will let you do with your toys. High WAFs allow you to do what you want. Low WAFs usually means you must do without or store it in the garage. Otherwise vocalized as “You’re not thinking of putting that there, are you?”

    • Anonymous says:

      The bookshelf is on the end wall of our lounge room. I tested the sound and from where we usually sit it sounds OK, but our standards is different to wifi buffs.

      Regarding WAF, my wife was actually allowed to place the actual stereo. It’s more ‘out of the way’ where it is.

  3. Jerry says:

    My wife absolutely hates all the cords from our stereo and TV. With a little modification, this looks like a great way to solve problems on both!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I was a bit nervous that there might be a big difference in the sound quality. However, I have not been able to detect any difference – in fact the position of the speakers is much better now. That said, I have to admit that I’m no expert and rarely play music very loudly, so others might think it’s a poor solution.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I must say, that is a nice way to store the speakers and cables without having them laying around. But, as a Hifi lover, I tell you, that way you will lose sound stage and quality.

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