We’ve just undergone a massive renovation in our home. We bought a crumbling wreck and had it completely re-done. Now we’re at the stage of slowly turning our house in to a home. This is the exciting bit where we get to add furniture and details and best of all, I get to share them with you. We’re now on a small budget after the massive renovation, so we’ve got to be creative and clever. So if you’re looking for a stylish idea for a TV stand and storage unit for your living room that wont break the bank, read on and sign-up for the step by step tutorial for making this minimal Ikea cabinet hack for your living room.
One thing we needed was something to put the TV on, as I’m not a fan of TV’s on the wall. For me, walls are for art. Also, I don’t like TV’s being the focal point of the room. We wanted a cabinet or something that would go across the width of our wall and we wanted it to be much more than just a TV stand. We were after something that would be a feature in the room but would also hide any clutter. Of course we couldn’t find what we wanted or anything that came close was way too expensive, so we decided to hack it. And where else to go but Ikea?
We decided to hack basic Ikea kitchen cabinets by turning them on their side and then topping the entire thing with faux marble. In an ideal world we would have liked real marble but as budget was a consideration, we’ll have to wait for that. In the meantime, the faux marble works well and looks far better than I had imagined.
We went for an extra long look as besides being a TV stand, our Ikea cabinet hack has lots of room to put books, paintings, vases and other bits and pieces that you keep in a living room. And the cabinets themselves are so handy for storing all our clutter that seems to pile up everyday. We’ve got some storage boxes where we put all our mess and keep them out of sight.
I’m totally in to this idea of furniture that has more than one use. So the idea with this TV unit was for it to be a place to keep some nice stuff on top and store mess inside but also when we’ve got people over and need extra seating, we place a cushion or two on it and it doubles up as a bench for one or two people.
This Ikea cabinet hack is not as hard as it looks to create. Richard, my hubby, has put together detailed step by step instructions with photos too and the tutorial has all the info on exactly which cabinets we used. We went for a 3.2m long unit but this is totally customisable – you can go longer or shorter. If you want the tutorial for this, just sign up below and I’ll email it straight to your inbox.
So what do you think? Do you think you’ll have a go at this Ikea cabinet hack for your living room?