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Published on July 28th, 2014 | by John Foley


Compact bedroom telly


Materials: VETTRE

I recently had my apartment re-cabled with a new digital TV aerial and had an aerial point installed in the bedroom. I also go myself a nice big screen TV for the lounge which meant my old screen – Benq 21 inch, full HD with HDMI connection – was surplus. I had a spare Digital set-top box. I needed some speakers so bought a set of Creative T10 (AUD $41 from CPL West Melbourne). Perfectly adequate for a bedroom TV.


Now I was looking to house all that equipment. And I hit upon the VETTRE bedside table. I like powdered coated steel products. I was really impressed with the design when assembling it. Very clever. It comes with a built in hole in the bottom, designed for a phone charger but would also work for my purposes. I epoxied some strong magnets to the back of a power board and attached that to the rear wall. That made plugging in the sockets easier and only one power cord emerges from the cabinet. The cabinet itself was not altered in any way.

Everything fitted in easily enough and it works well. When not in use with the door closed it looks quite minimal and suitable for an occasional use TV in the bedroom.

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5 Responses to Compact bedroom telly

  1. John says:

    Thanks everyone for your comments. The original post was mine.

    Boyd: what a great bloke you are. Thanks a lot for supporting a ‘newbie’.

    Tim: Admit it is not much more than putting things in a cabinet, not a huge hack, just an idea for a minimalistic look. It was the idea I had to use VETTRE to create a TV that I thought others might be interested in.

    Charles & Marcello: I am not an engineer and gave no thought to temperature at all. Of course it needs to be used with the door open as it sounds terrible closed. And I also do switch off at the wall when not in use. But should I test it? I thought I could run it for a long period and then check the temperature. What would be an acceptable higher temperature, would you think? I had it on for a few hours at the weekend and did a ‘hand’ test, stuck it inside and it seemed reasonably cool to me. Yes, not a very technical test though, but from a non-engineer, why not!

    This is the first time I have ever created a post like this and what has amazed me is that it has been stolen and put all over the place. I just did a Google search on the term ‘Compact bedroom telly’ and I can see it on at least seven different design blogs. No attribution to me or to ‘IKEA Hackers’. I personally don’t mind much, it is not like they are stealing something of value, but the ethics of it!!! My big regret is that the photos are so terrible, really quick phone snaps, if I thought it was going to be put around so much I would have used my DSLR camera and spent some time doing it properly.

    Cheers all…

  2. Boyd says:

    Hey, Tim and Charles,
    The advice is free; so don’t worry if you think it’s not creative enough, Tim. It’s barely a hack, true, but a new use for a product is also helpful for some.

    And Charles, if you have true concerns about the heating up, it would be kinder to explain this rather than use sarcasm.

    The tone on this site should be encouraging, rather than dissing, don’t you think?

  3. Charles says:

    Be sure to let us know when it overheats and stops working/catches fire.

    • Marcello says:

      I agree it doesn’t look like such a smart idea.
      But, considering he didn’t open any kind of port or holes in front of the speakers, MAYBE he plans to power the whole set only when in use, with the door open.

  4. Tim P says:

    Putting things in a cupboard is a hack now?
    Gosh, I have a lot of hacks to submit!

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