Ikea Hemnes Hack: Built-in Bench

Because you assemble it yourself, ready-to-assemble (RTA) furniture invites tinkering. In fact, customizing RTA pieces is so common that it has its own name: "hacking."

Hack an Ikea Hemnes TV unit to create a classic mudroom bench by fastening base molding and a new top to a cabinet designed to display a flat-screen TV.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

TIME

Weekend

COMPLEXITY

Moderate

COST

$100 - $500

Our bench materials cost about $250, plus $50 for base molding. Your base molding cost will depend on the type and quantity you choose.

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Belt sander

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • IKEA Hemnes TV Unit No. 002.509.61
  • 4' x 8' x 3/4" birch plywood
  • 3/4" x 1-1/2" birch or maple solid wood - 8'
  • 1" corner brackets (10)
  • 5-1/2" base molding - 6' min.
  • Wood stain, polyurethane, wood glue

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