I have an EXPEDIT 5×5 bookcase that is probably 10+ years old. I want to remove 9 squares in the EXPEDIT to place a TV inside, do you think it is possible?
Thanks for any advice, Jill
Glad to know your EXPEDIT is still going strong.
And yes, it possible to house a TV in the 5×5 EXPEDIT shelving unit.
Let’s take a look at this hack from way back then:
The hacker cut out the necessary shelves to create the center area for the TV, and assembled as normal without the missing pieces. Then, for extra support, he added L-brackets on each of the corners of the shelves where he had cut.
Lastly, he used melamine to cover the cut sections of the shelf as well to give it a finished look. The TV is placed on a rotating TV stand for TV viewing in the living room and bedroom. (The EXPEDIT serves as a room divider).
Here’s a closer look.
You’ll probably not be able to place heavy things on the top 3 cubes above the TV, as the shelves will not be supported by the original vertical planes.
Here’s another version which removed only 6 cubes. Jonathan reused two of the removed shelves to create shelves for the DVD player, which I think is such a smart idea.
For those who have a KALLAX 5×5 instead of the EXPEDIT, I believe this hack should work too. Though rumors has it that the KALLAX is a bit flimsier than the EXPEDIT. KALLAX owners, do you find it so?
Jill, I hope that gives you a headstart in your project.
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