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Published on April 27th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


Unnu inspired media bench

Materials: Besta

Description: Just bought my first apartment and have begun the process of furnishing it. When it came to the TV area I wanted this one. It wasn’t only the look of it that caught my attention. The doors are covered in speaker fabric, and this way I would be able to hide my old, ugly stereo system in it. It would let IR signals in and sound out. Only problem was that it costs about $1000 here in Norway.

So I turned to Ikea. Here’s a list of the items i needed to create my own version:

- BESTÅ Shelf unit (120cm)
- BESTÅ Shelf unit (60cm)
- 3x BESTÅ VARA door

I also picked up speaker fabric and a stapler from the local hardware store for about $25.

The clue with creating the bench the way I wanted was to trim the size of the doors and move the placement of the vertical bench plates. This way the doors would be placed within the bench instead of in front. This might not seem like a big deal, but in my opinion the bench gets a completely different look by doing this.

So I did my measuring and sawed off about 3 cm from the top and bottom of the doors. I then sawed out a rectangular from the two doors I was going to cover with fabric. Using a normal stapler to cover them is not recommended. I wasted about 300 staples in the process just because these were clearly meant for paper, not wood. But whatever, I was just focused on the end result.

Total hours spent: 10
Total amount spent: 1300 kroner ($220)

Check out the pictures and don’t hesitate to leave a message if this inspires you!

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~ Henrik, Oslo, Norway

Updated on July 7, 2013 with additional photos.

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13 Responses to Unnu inspired media bench

  1. Christian Willassen says:

    Thumbs up mate!

    I am trying to do a similar media bench and I got some inspiration from your build. The recessed doors look really nice. I just wonder where I can get the speaker fabric. IKEA make finished panels with this fabric that allow remote signals through, but they are only 16cm high.

  2. Adam Delaney says:

    Really great looking media center. I am thinking about building one of these. Any helpful tips?

  3. Arto says:

    ..and thanks for sharing this, Henrik! :)

  4. Arto says:

    I made a post with more specific details about this lovely build here:

    My DIY Blog

  5. Ove says:

    Herlig, er i nøyaktig samme situasjon sjøl. Vil ha UNNU men det blir for dyrt. Dette er det eg også kunne tenkt meg å lage. Kor kjøpte du høgtalerstoffet og korleis gjekk du fram når du flytta sidepanela bak eit hakk?

  6. Anonymous says:

    What size vara door did you use?

  7. Anonymous says:

    This looks great Henrik. I’m gonna copy this. Unno is to expensive. But there are screws in front and back of the side wall. How did you align this to the top and bottom after moving the sides back?

  8. Anonymous says:

    Looks great, kudos! Maybe I’ll try something similar when my old TV bench finally collapses. Takk for the inspiration.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Looks fantastic. Danke.

  10. Jan says:

    You are so right – the “integrated doors” look fantastic!

  11. do you have more pics? Do you have pics in process of the project.

  12. An inner photo and with the doors open, I love it, it rocks.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Can you show us an inner photo, please?

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