I debated a long time writing this post because to me this doesn’t feel like much of a hack. Still, it is one of my most asked questions to date and it dawned on me that I needed to finally sit my butt down and write about it.
Okay, so here’s the story: three years ago when we moved into our house, my husband decided to purchase a very large TV for our living room. The problem was that our cabinet was almost the exact width of such TV and I knew right away I wanted a larger one to offset the width of the screen.
I couldn’t find a cabinet that was wide enough and most importantly, within budget, to fit the large wall, and I knew I wanted something modern. Enter IKEA. Literally, I entered IKEA and purchased their BESTA cabinet, again. (The first one can be found behind the desk in my office.)
Like I said, I had previously purchased the BESTA for our home office, but I was surprised that there were now multiple door options, leg options, color options – AMAZING! I really had anticipated buying the door options and legs from a third-party, but IKEA had made it easy and offered a one-stop solution. The only problem, the BESTA only came as a 2 or 3 frame option and the width of the three-door one would have looked the same as our old (then current) setup.
The solution? Two 2-door cabinets, side by side. BOOM!
At under $400, the IKEA BESTA gave me a 94.5″ media console, with inside shelves and storage and the ability to replace doors and legs to update whenever I feel like.
To give it more of a custom look, we added these marble knobs which can be purchased here.
If you are wondering if you can see where the two units meet from the top, the answer is yes. This doesn’t bother me and I feel like the overall look (and the cost) far outweigh the small imperfection of a seam. In the future, I plan to add a stone top cut the total width of the two pieces to hide the seam. In the meantime, I am more than okay with it.
Below is a list of everything you will need to order from IKEA to replicate our exact look, although like mentioned earlier there are many door and finish options available.
I hope you enjoyed the BIG SECRET of our media cabinet, hardly a hack at all, but a good and beautiful solution nonetheless! And if you look closely, you’ll notice a similar hack above the TV, but that’s a story for another day. 😉
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