Stylish DIY media bench for amplifier and speakers

Buying a professional media-bench (Unnu, Clic, Plateau etc.) for housing your speakers and stereo-equipment can be quite expensive. Luckily, you can get almost the same result by buying the right stuff from your nearest IKEA-store! You will also have to invest a couple of hours of work-time.

For the bench pictured below, you will need the following equipment:

  • 2 * Bestå black/brown, size 120x40x38 cm (2 * £25)
  • 4 * Lappviken black/brown, size (4 * £20)
  • 4 * Bestå Soft closing/push-open hinge (4 * £10)
  • About 3 meters of speaker fabric

So the main parts cost just £170 at IKEA.

Close-up of one of the doors

Assemble the shelving frames following the instructions. The back-plates can be omitted. Having open backs makes it much easier to run wires between the various components. Visually they aren’t really needed, since the doors/fabric will cover the front completely.

Cut out suitable holes in all the doors. This is for letting sound and infrared remote-signals through. Wrap tightly with speaker fabric, and stable on the rear side. Fit the doors to the frames as instructed.

All doors open and speakers showing

This system will easily fit your amplifier/receiver and large front- and center-speakers. Adjust the height of the speakers with books and similar to align them with the cut-outs in the doors.

The finished setup (No, there wasn’t any room for the subwoofer.. 😉)

An extra bonus is that the infra-red light from most remote controls will pass through the speaker-fabric, so you can still control your amp from the remote!

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