When you want to bring a bit of life into your living room, one of the best ways to go about it is to examine what you can actually do, for not a lot of money. Seriously, there are quite a few swanky pads out there, but a lot of them have invested serious amounts of money to make them look really good. What sets this hack apart is that it makes your living room look outstanding, for not much money.
Brum from the Netherlands got the inspiration for this hack when he was browsing a trendy furniture store. In total, he used 2 IKEA Lack shelving units, 2 small Lack shelves, 1 large Lack shelf, 2 IKEA Grundtal spots, which includes a dimmer. He also inserted two neon tubes to give off that great blue glow, but this can be easily changed for a few IKEA Dioders.
On top of that IKEA stuff, he also used a number of MDF panels. The whole idea was to set up the Lack shelves in an asymmetrical way, giving an organic feel to the living room. The Grundtal spots were mounted underneath the shelves and all the cables were neatly hidden away behind the MDF panels. The panels themselves were covered with white fake fur, giving that extra shaggy touch.
The MDF boards were used to make new fronts for the Lack shelves. The result is that each compartment looks somewhat like cathode ray TV screens. The top and sides of the Lack shelving units were laminated with white plastic foil, giving the illusion that they are carved out of one solid hunk of wood.
All in all, it's an extremely well thought out and great-looking hack that makes Bram's living room really look good. You can check out Bram's swanky pad over at his Flickr site here.