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.
As the RAST side panels butts up and to make things flush, I added a wood plank on top of the entire length of the two chests.
Next, would be to screw on the brackets and shelves.
To prevent any tip over, you may also want to attach the unit to the wall.