Although audio-visual components are getting smaller and sleeker for most of us, there's still a segment of pro-sumer audio- and cinephiles who stay stocked with serious equipment. All that gear isn't easy to store, but we may have found a solution that'll give you a custom rack look for cheap.
It looks like a few folks have found out that IKEA's ubiquitous LACK side tables are a near-perfect fit for lots of AV equipment. And just by making some cuts, you're able to craft yourself a great rack.
An IKEA Hacker shows off his setup on IKEAHacker.net, with plenty of detailed instructions on getting it done.
After you grab enough tables (you'll want one more side table than you have components), all you need to do is measure and cut the legs of each table to fit the height of your components. Be sure to leave enough room to vent (consult your device's manual here to discover the recommended ventilation situation). Fasten the shortened tables to each other with small corner brackets and mending plates, then add some casters or furniture legs to finish the look.
IKEA's LACK side tables come cheap ($7.99 to $12.99, depending on color), so you can afford to try this out in your own media room.
[via Ikea Hackers]