We've seen a lot of shelves and credenzas hacked into home entertainment centers, but this is the first time that we've seen a bench hacked into a really good-looking cabinet for all of your home theater gear. A lot of thought went into this build to make it stand out.
Mitch Cave recently won a Panasonic 50-inch HDTV as well as a 3D Blu-ray player, so he needed a change in his home theater configuration. He wanted to be able to conceal his components effectively. He liked the overall look of an IKEA Besta bench, but it needed to be modified to accommodate his needs.
The parts for this build cost Mitch about $200. He started by drilling 1½" holes in the back. This will allow the cables to go out the back. Next, he retrofitted the hinges to the Besta bench. The hinges need to be measured so that they fit seamlessly in the new holes. You'll find that a lot of IKEA parts have some pre-drilled holes, making this a lot easier than if you were doing it from scratch.
Once the hinges are installed, you can attach the new doors. Then, you'll need to install the bottom and the feet. Possible improvements include painting the legs in a matching color, as well as creating a ventilation hole/grill in the back. Since home theater components can get quite hot, especially if you stash a video game console in there, we suggest that you install a small cooling fan that you can salvage from a computer. Otherwise, it's quite possible that the components will overheat.
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