Ikea Pax wardrobe-cum entertainment center

Posted on May 12th, 2008 by gusmoney

Like much of the first worlds’ over-fed population, last year I went out and indulged in a flat-screen television. Consequently, like the rest of flat-screen T.V. buyers I found out that my old C.R.T.–based entertainment center was inadequate for the new wideness of L.C.D.

The temporary (over a year) solution was to simply put the L.C.D. television on top of the old outdated Ikea unit and fill the now empty square with miscellaneous D.V.D.’s and video games. Needless to say, this looked pretty ridiculous and the absurdity was only compounded by the bowing of the now top-heavy center.

With all of my loot blown on the T.V., I could not afford a fancy stand nor would any of these compact new flat-screen friendly entertainment centers fit all of my capitalist wares of component stereo, D.V.D./V.C.R. combo, C.D. player, cable box, record player, center channel speaker, video game systems, and gobs and gobs of media. What was I to do?

Well, inspired by ikeahacker.blogspot.com, I had to look no further than my Ikea Pax wardrobe. This 93” tall utilitarian behemoth is nothing more than shelves where I put my clothes. However, the idea came to me that it might also serve as a good entertainment center, just in need of a little hacking.

The Pax unit I purchased in 2006 was $111.28. This included the box itself and six shelves. I figured for that price I would have all of the entertainment center storage I needed plus I would undercut the price of a smaller (inadequate), however, T.V. specific unit by at least $60, according to what I had seen listed.

So I saved my pennies and took my measurements to make sure my 37” television would fit inside my, what happens to be, 39” wide wardrobe and I put caution and shelf strength to the wind and headed down to Ikea.

It turns out they have inflation in Sweden. In 2008 my aforementioned Pax configuration cost me $149.80. However, I was still beating the price of some of the smallest T.V. stands by a nice margin.

Now, you might be saying to yourself, “this entertainment center idea is not a hack, it is a repurposed wardrobe!” However, you would be wrong because the load-bearing composite-board (the integral life force of all Ikea furniture) had to be drilled to make way for wires. These holes are very important as without them my little electronic boxes do not receive power or connectivity.

So, with my Dremel-esque (borrowed) tool, I took bit to flimsy composite and watched many, many particles of dust fly. My cuts were less than precise, however, I knew (read hoped) they would be largely concealed. I measured shelves’ distance by the screw hole (not to be confused with my drilled holes, these line the interior of the cabinet for shelf hanging purposes) for tight fit and maximum storage and up went my Ikea hacked Pax wardrobe-cum entertainment center.

Sitting here enjoying the completed project, I am very happy. It probably took way to long to finish (as I kept putting the shelf sinkers in screw holes that did not line up their pairings) but the completed unit is just what my little apartment needed. A towering faux antique wood stained monstrosity that screams “coach potato.” Shine on you Swedish diamond!

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10 Responses to “Ikea Pax wardrobe-cum entertainment center”

  1. hahah says:

    you fuckwit! what a piece of fucking shit! move out of your momma’s house and get a real fucking life and a proper tv unit you dipshit!

    oh, nice heading “wardrobe-cum entertainment center” hahahah… i bet you just ‘cummed’ you pants over this eh?

    HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA

  2. MarioC says:

    I have to agree with the comments below, I bought a $3000 TV, $1000 hifi and a PS3 for my setup, no way would setup all those tech goodies on something like this, or in that state… it looks untidy and cheap.

    Sorry… i bought a $500 solid wood unit, sturdy as hell and will last longer than this idea.

  3. keiran says:

    dont listen to these wankers.you did a nice job.it isnt your fault that these yuppies have money to burn!

  4. Tony says:

    I agree with Keiran. MarioC bought a “sturdy” $500 wood unit? Is he planning on going offroading with it? This is a good hack. Congrats.

  5. Tony says:

    Also, I see a Genesis and an NES in there. You are the man.

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  8. nicole says:

    Although I’d suggest reinforcing the shelf on which the TV is sitting, I generally like this idea. I actually found your post while looking for an idea for concealing a TV inside a Pax unit.

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  10. Curious says:

    This isn’t a bad idea, however what I really want to see is one in which the doors can close when the tv and entertainment isn’t in use.

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