Alex finally had enough of ugly cables snaking under his new LCD TV and decided to put them in place, in a box.
He says, “A Mac Mini, Nintendo Wii, PS3, external hard drives, a router and a 5.1. surround system meant a lot of cables. So I decided to ‘pimp’ 2 Ikea Emu belonging to my girlfriend with my Dremel.
Materials needed: 1 Dremel 3000 2 Ikea Emu 3 power strips some zip ties
1. In the larger Emu I cut a little rectangle in the front for reaching the main on-off switch with the lid still closed. So after watching TV, DVD or playing PS 3 I can easily shut off all media units (red switch). No ‘stand-by’ all night and day. Saves me a lot of money due to no unnecessary energy consumption!
2. I cut a rectangle hole at the backs of each Emu for cable routing from the back.
3. The only ‘always-on’ unit is my router due to VOIP and WLAN for my notebook in another room.
Jules Yap started IKEAHackers.net in 2006 as a personal blog to showcase the most impressive IKEA hacks from all over the world. Since then, she has learned a lot more about power tools and DIY. Her site has helped thousands modify IKEA furniture with step-by-step tutorials, craft projects and home styling.