October 31, 2011
| by Grant Clauser
The website Ikea Hackers usually shows of examples how people use their Chinese-made Swedish furnishings to organize their closets, stack their kitchen gadgets or create cozy bedrooms for their kids.
This week we found a great example of a design-minded homeowner who did an Ikea furniture mashup to create a very well-done media room complete with a Pioneer Kuro plasma (OK, I guess that’s dating this room a bit), Definitive Technology Mythos speakers and a Plex-based media server. All of the above shows he wanted to save on his furnishings so he could splurge on the important stuff.
The Ikea furniture performed two functions. First, it fit nicely into the mid-century modern décor of the California home (designed in 1952 by Paul Tay), and it was able to conceal all the wires and components.
The DIY homeowner says the furnishings cost approximately $1,100. He spend about two weeks designing and constructing the media room.
Notice also the sweet turntable in front of the TV.
Check out the slideshow for more pictures.
via Ikea Hacker
Additional images from Flickr
Grant Clauser has been covering home electronics for more than 10 years with editorial roles in several consumer and trade magazines. He's done ISF-level damage to hundreds of reviewed products and has had audio training from Home Acoustics Alliance and Sencore. He's also the author of the book The Trouble with Rivers
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