We’ve been telling ourselves that we’re going to get a new TV for a couple of years and we finally did it. We’re now all super funky flat-screened, just like the popular kids are doing!
Our apartment is not the biggest and space is always at a premium so we needed something that would take up as little space as possible whilst containing all the TV junk. We had our old 28″ widescreen CRT on wheels so we could swing it out in front of the sofa for movies then push it back again for a bit of space. However the rest of the TV junk (DVD player, HTPC and all the DVDs) was in a stationary unit against the wall so the two together wasn’t the best use of space.
So the idea for the new TV unit was to combine the the TV and the junk into one more compact piece of furniture which would again be on wheels to allow as much space flexibility as possible.
We got the new TV at Christmas, a nice 37″ Samsung LED jobbie, but I couldn’t find anything that would suit for the base unit. All the TV stands I could find were too low, too wide or too shallow. They were all intended to be stationary up against a wall, not surprising really… I needed something with a bit of depth to be stable on the move, but no wider that 120cm to be able to fit in the 136cm space between the balcony doors. Height was important too, it needed to be just right for when you have your feet up on the coffee table.
After almost giving up and going the hard route of building a fully custom unit (or getting it made professionally) I found the Tobo TV unit at IKEA, it’s 114cm wide by 50cm deep and the main carcase is 48cm high. Perfect. Now with a bit of help from some Billy shelving, a few castors and some pine from my local wood shop I can add a whole bunch of storage and support the TV securely at the right height.
I won’t go into massive details about how it goes together but here are some construction photos. I used Google sketchup to workout the details. The great thing about IKEA stuff is the many of the models are already built for you so it’s easy to try things out even if you’ve never seen the unit in real life. Assuming that the models are accurate of course… not always the case!
Here’s what I ended up building. The base is Tobo unit with a 3cm wider pine board on top, a cut-down 80cm wide billy shelf sits on top of that and some more pine board caps it all off and provides a sturdy face to mount the TV to.
Our living room is looking like an IKEA showroom. The sofa is Manstad, there’s some Trofast in the corner for Hannah’s toys, a couple of Hol boxes… I think Tobo and Billy will feel at home, especially if they look around the rest of the apartment.
Here’s some photos of the construction.
Now it all comes apart and I have to varnish the pine. I used a thin coat with a tint in order to blend the unit in with the rest of the room then another thicker clear coat for protection. The clear coat took two days to dry
A few photos of the finished unit in place and relatively tidy.
Hope you enjoyed the show.
Thanks for viewing and I hope that it inspires you to get your hammer and saw out.