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Published on October 21st, 2013 | by Humanoid

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5.1 Rear speaker stand VIKA KAJ





I bought a 5.1 home theater speaker set to go with my television. The only problem was, what to do with the rear speakers. Speakers stands are usually expensive, and not very stylish. So I decided to make my own.

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(sorry for the mess)

I obviously checked this website, and I came across the Vika Curry speaker stand. Stylish speaker stands, but not suitable for smaller speakers. I did however take the idea of using an Ikea (table) leg that was available in my country: VIKA KAJ. Reason for that is the (dirt-cheap, and pretty stylish – especially in red) ADILS leg is just a little too short for my liking. So I went with the adjustable, slightly longer VIKA KAJ.

My solution after some thought was a simple one. Drill a hole in the side of the leg (put in a screw with a washer), and simply screw the table leg into a square piece of wood. Hang the speaker from the screw – and presto.

Here’s what you need:
- VIKA KAJ leg

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- a square 20×20 cm piece of wood, about 1-1.5 cm thick
- a screw (size depending on your speakers)

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- a washer (size depending on your speakers)

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- a drill with a drill bit suited for drilling in steel
- a ruler and pencil
- safety goggles

Here’s how you do it:
First you need to take a look at your rear speaker. They usually have a hole in the back for hanging. Next, find a screw that just fits through that hole. The bigger the better. Make sure it isn’t too thick though, and make sure the head fits through the hole too. I used a washer, for an extra snug fit. The screw needs to be long enough to be able to go through one side of the leg when the speaker is attached.

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Next thing you need is a drill bit with a slightly smaller diameter than the diameter of your screw. Drill a hole in the side of the leg, about [fill in] cm from the bottom (depending on the size the speaker; before you start drilling position the speaker and mark where you want the hole). Lay the leg on the ground an hold it tightly – or even better, use a clamp – and carefully drill through one side of the leg. I would advise to wear safety goggles.

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Then try and get the screw (with washer) in there. I couldn’t quite get it in the first time, so I used the same drill bit and carefully made the hole slightly bigger by sort of wiggling it around. Make sure it’s in there tightly and doesn’t move around. If you screwed up – like I did on one leg – you can drill a new hole next to the hole that was too large. Make sure you can hang the speaker from the screw, then take it off again and move to the next step: attaching the leg to the wooden base.

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I used a 20x20x2cm piece of wood for the base. First determine the center of the piece of wood by drawing two straight lines with your ruler and pencil, marking an X in the middle. Then take the ‘plate’ of the VIKA KAJ leg and position it in the middle of the piece of wood. I put one screw through the middle hole to keep it in place, then continued to put in the other screws. I then took the middle one out again. When it’s firmly attached, you can screw the ‘leg’ piece of VIKA KAJ on, and your speaker stand is done.

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I stuck a small piece of felt to the back of the speaker to rest against the leg (see back of speaker-picture). Oh and by the way, you can’t just run the speakerwires through the leg. Because it’s adjustable, it isn’t completely hollow.

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5 Responses to 5.1 Rear speaker stand VIKA KAJ

  1. Dave says:

    pretty ugly.how old are you? should have ran the cord inside the leg,drilled a hole at the bottom for the cord to come out.At least!Better yet,use wireless speakers,then hang them in the rear corners of the room ceiling.Could use almost anything to hang them with.Get a much better sound with air suspended speakers and would have cost even less.

    • Bobby says:

      Dave, I am in agreement, he couldve managed the wires better by simply drilling a couple more holes. And you couldve had a little better direction and delivery. He can still go back and route the wires more neatly.

      Additionally, the placement of the rears in a 5.1 setup is irrelevant. Unless theyre in the ceiling or the floor, theyll sound the same 2 ft off the ground and they will 7ft off the ground.

  2. Angela says:

    Dave, while, I agree that running the cord inside the leg is a good idea, perhaps the reason Humanoid had to create stands is because he’s a rental tenant that is unable to put hooks in the walls or ceiling. In Australia at least, our rental tenancies agreements can be pretty strict on that kind of thing. Or maybe the room is too large or too small to lend itself to that idea. Personally I think it’s a good idea, just needed a bit of tweaking. I’d also suggest spray painting the whole thing (base and stand) in either black to match the speakers, or white or a neutral shade to make the stands less dominating in the room. Besides, what does their age have to do with anything? No need to deliver a message in such a condescending way.

  3. parinda says:

    How did you keep the stand from toppling over. Is the base heavy enough to support heavy speakers?

  4. Humanoid says:

    Thanks Dave, I’m 25. As I said, you can’t run the wires through the leg because it isn’t completely hollow. Otherwise I would’ve definitely done that.

    The reason that I wanted speaker stands is because the wall is too far away from my couch and there is stuff in the way.

    Adding some colour to the base and/or leg itself is an option, but I’m pleased with the result for now. They’re functional and very cheap to make.

    At first I too thought there would be toppling issues, but as it turned out the base is more than heavy enough. The speakers are just 0.48 kg anyway, so no worries there.

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