Ikea Hemnes Hack: Built-in BenchUpdated: Jun. 19, 2019
Because you assemble it yourself, ready-to-assemble (RTA) furniture invites tinkering. In fact, customizing RTA pieces is so common that it has its own name: 'hacking.'
Hack an Ikea Hemnes TV unit to create a classic mudroom bench by fastening base molding and a new top to a cabinet designed to display a flat-screen TV.
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Install support block
Step 1: Install support block
Assemble the Hemnes TV unit through Step 27 of the manufacturer’s instructions. Move it into position and shim the legs as necessary to level it. Then, a crucial step in this IKEA mudroom hack, install a support block under the rails beneath the center divider. This allows the unit to be used as a bench.
Fasten bench to wall
Build plywood top
Additional Information for this IKEA Hemnes Hack
Required Tools for this Project
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
- Belt sander
Required Materials for this Project
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here’s a list.
- 1" corner brackets (10)
- 3/4" x 1-1/2" birch or maple solid wood - 8'
- 4' x 8' x 3/4" birch plywood
- 5-1/2" base molding - 6' min.
- IKEA Hemnes TV Unit No. 002.509.61
- Wood glue
- Wood stain
Originally Published: June 19, 2019