Stylish storage for your living room, especially for the entertainment center, can be problematic, since you don't want it to appear cluttered but you still need plenty of space to store all of the components of your home entertainment center. Add into the equation a new addition to your family, then it's also prudent to raise some of your existing shelving out of the reach of your little ones, just to make sure that everyone stays safe.
Beth Quittman from Seattle was in the process of baby-proofing her living room when she had a problem with her entertainment center. The actual problem was that the baby gates of her playpen were just high enough to block the line of sight to her television, which was located on a plain old IKEA Lack TV bench. She loved the idea of the Double LACK TV bench hack, but they needed something at least 30 inches in height in order to clear the playpen.
They bought two additional IKEA Lack TV benches. They kept the legs of their existing unit and used them to add some extra height to the Lack, thanks to the extra Lack that they had. The shelves in between the pieces provided them with adequate spacing. Then, double-sided foam tape was used to stick everything together. The resulting entertainment center hoists the HDTV high enough so that the baby gate isn't an issue anymore. Plus, she enjoys the nice clean look of the Triple LACK TV bench.
Another way of going about this would have been to use all three of the LACK shelves to get a TV bench that's slightly higher, but with more shelving. This would mean that you'd get extra shelving, and something sturdier, that could be put together using screws, to ensure stability. You don't want little ones tipping over your HDTV, so perhaps a combination of furniture wall straps and anti-tip TV straps would further prevent an accident from happening around the entertainment center.
Once the right height has been attained, some IKEA Dioder strips could be added for some nice ambient lighting. The last option that we can think of is to simply mount the HDTV onto the wall. The overall look would be nice and airy, since the HDTV would be mounted like a picture frame and would further reduce chances of the television falling over if mounted correctly.
(via Ikeahackers, photos by Beth Quittman)