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Published on September 24th, 2014 | by Katie Mutter


Hemnes Entryway Hack


Materials: Hemnes Bookcase, Hemnes Bridging Shelf, Hemnes TV Bench

Based on some other Ikea hacks, we used a Hemnes TV bench, bookcase, and bridging shelf to create an awesome entryway for our house.

1. Cut, sand, and stain a piece of pine to make the top of the bench. We purchased a board of pine and a 1×2 to make a trim, attached the trim, and then stained it to match other wood in our home. You will want to do this step first because the stain and varathane takes a number of days to complete.
2. Assemble all three pieces of Ikea furniture.



3. Remove baseboards from your entryway.
4. Put the Ikea pieces in place and secure to the wall.
5. The baseboards in our house didn’t cover the space under the TV stand and bookshelf, so we needed to add an extra piece of wood under those two pieces so that we could attach the baseboards. We also added some extra support under the TV bench to help support people sitting on the bench. Once the wood is attached, put the baseboards onto the front. This helps give the piece a built-in look.


6. Fill in any gaps or holes using wood filler and caulking. Paint all of the furniture and trim. Paint the wall in between the bench and the bridging shelf. We also did a section of chalkboard paint.
7. Attach the bench seat. We just used glue, but you could screw it in as well.


8. For the framework on the wall, we used 1x2s and 1x3s. We just decided on a pattern we liked and then cut the pieces to fit.
9. We then painted the pieces and attached them to the wall.
10. Touch up any paint. Add caulking to fill in holes.
11. Add hooks.
12. Decorate as desired!

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9 Responses to Hemnes Entryway Hack

  1. Mik says:

    Can you please tell me how, exactly, you reinforced the Hemnes tv stand? I see the pictures but as I look at mine (I just put it together yesterday) I’m uncertain how to do it. I know I can’t move forward with the project until I do this so I would appreciate any help you can offer ! Thanks so very much !!!

    • Ja says:

      hello, I know it’s been a few years but where you ever able to figure out how to reinforce it? I would love to know. I am currently trying to recreate this bench but have no idea how to reinforce it for adult weight. I have done a ton of research online on the specific bench ikea but found nothing. I hope yours came out perfect. If so would you mind sharing how you did it as well as what you used? Thank you in advance.

  2. Amanda says:

    how did you secure the wall shelf & attach it to the bookshelf tower?

  3. Jen says:

    i was curious what you used to reinforce under the TV bench to support weight. Thanks

  4. Courtenay says:

    Love this! Just wondering if you could tell me the overall length and height of the unit!


  5. Linda says:

    This is EXACTLY what I have been looking for. And I love the Hemnes series in general so this will be perfect for our basement entrance!

  6. Iping Chen says:

    What kind of paint did you use to paint the units? Did you prime it first, since it is melamine.
    Thank you, it looks beautiful!

    • Katie Mutter says:

      We used a semi-gloss Cabinet and Furniture paint from Lowes. The Hemnes collection is made from real wood and was already painted white, so no, we didn’t prime it.

  7. Trish says:

    Wow this is awesome! Love it!! Thanks for sharing the details!

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