In one of the bedrooms we have an inexpensive IKEA RAST chest. It also served as a rather tall TV stand. But the TV is big (old LG plasma), and it looked … not very nice on top of the RAST.
My wife has asked me to replace it with something nicer and bigger to accommodate a few books and all sorts of nonsense crap.
And, as you know, if a wife really wants something, it is better to do it and avoid much more problems … so I said OK and started to think it over.
Remembering the immortal phrase, “Saved means earned”, I decided to build the needed furniture.
I wanted something simple and wooden, like Scandinavian style, as this bedroom is clapboard finished.
Then, I looked at the IKEA website and got upset. Because the price of any more or less decent TV stand with storage started from 10K Rub. And when I looked at other home furniture sites, it was even worse.
Remembering the immortal phrase “Saved means earned”, I decided to build the needed furniture, since the interior allowed for it.
IKEA item used:
RAST chest of drawers x 2
RAST chest of drawers | IKEA.com
5 pieces of 40 x 40mm lumber
3 furniture planks at 200 x 2000mm
16 furniture screws with a flat head
8 pieces nut with a flat head
8 pieces tee blind nuts furniture T nut inserts for wood
Bag of furniture screeds for tightening the chests
Budget Tall TV stand – how I made it
So, I bought the second, exactly the same, RAST chest for 2500 Rub. (The cost of the first one was 1900 Rub, but it was a long time ago).
I also got 5 pieces of 40 x 40 lumber, 3 wood planks of 200 x 2000 mm, a pack of furniture screeds for fixing and tightening the RAST chest together, 16 furniture screws with a flat head Allen with the same nuts.
The first thing I did was to cut the lumber into the right lengths for the side units. I also cut some of the lumber for the 2 pairs of shelves brackets.
After that, it was all a matter of joining the pieces together. I fastened the two RAST chest to each other.
From inside the RAST chest, I screwed on the side units.
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.