IKEA Sektion TV Built-In
Our Living room has to be family friendly with a 3 year old running around. Although I want the room to be pretty, it's equally as important for it to be functional. A TV unit is the perfect solution to this problem.
I first sent my drawing to a cabinet maker. They came back with a whopping $16000 estimate. That was not in our budget. so I had to get creative. I'm happy to report it looks exactly how I imagined and cost less than a 1/4 of the custom unit.
IKEA Sektion TV unit hack
Step 1: Have a Plan
I drew out exactly what I was envisioning that way I would know exactly what to look for. I wanted a more modern TV unit with inset cabinets. The inset cabinet look gives the very simple tv unit a more sophisticated feel. I'm the first to admit that when you DIY things tend to change but this is one project that turned out exactly right.
Step 2: Shopping
I knew I wanted flat panel doors so we went with the Ikea Veddinge line.
The cabinets we used:
The hardware we used:
Step 3 Assembling & Mounting Cabinets
I spent hours assembling the cabinets so it's not a quick process. It wasn't particularly hard but was a bit frustrating at times.
Our carpenter was working on a different part of our house so we lucked out and he mounted our cabinets for us. it took him less than an hour. I was so impressed with how fast they went up. He made sure to leave a gap so we could fit our MDF boards between the units. See below
Step 4: MDF Vertical Sections
We decided to go with 3/8" MDF boards for the vertical section. Each section took 2 boards that were cut to a slightly shallower depth than the cabinets.
We clamped them to the cabinets and drilled from the inside so you wouldn't see the screw holes when it was all finished.
The middle verticals proved a little more challenging. The track for the cabinets were in the way. All you have to do is notch out a small section for them to fit the rail.
Next up was the horizontal boards. These were cut to length and mounted with screws from the bottom.
Step 5: Hardware
We added the Ikea hardware using their nifty guide: FIXA Drill Template
We painted the enitre unit white. We colour matched the cabinets at our rona store.
Step 7: Added some boards & Trim
If you look closely at the image you can see we added horizontal boards underneath the top cabinets. It visually balanced the lines better that way.
We then added trim pieces to cover all the ends and make everything look neat and tidy.
Voila Molding is up!
Step 7: Wood Shelves
I used Douglas Fir for the wood shelves themselves and then lightly staining them with Minwax Weathered Oak. We had them made at a small woodworking shop. Love that we were able to get them local.
Step 8: Baseboards
Our contractor completed the baseboards for us. They we pretty straight forward but we decided not to DIY them because of time constraints.
Step 9: filL & paint
Have to fill all of the holes and paint all the things. This is not my favorite part but I do love the way it comes together.
step 10: Style your shelfie!
If you want to learn all about styling your perfect selfie check out my post on How to Decorate Envy Worthy Shelves!
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