IKEA Hemnes Hack: Built-in Bench
Updated: Oct. 19, 2023
Because you assemble it yourself, ready-to-assemble (RTA) furniture invites tinkering. Customizing RTA pieces is so common 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 flatscreen TV.
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Install support block
Basic Hemnes unit
To begin this brilliant IKEA mudroom hack, start with a basic Hemnes unit.
Step 1: Install support block
Assemble the Hemnes TV unit through Step 27 of the manufacturer’s instructions. Move it into position and shim the legs as necessary to level it. Then, a crucial step in this IKEA mudroom hack, install a support block under the rails beneath the center divider. This allows the unit to be used as a bench.
Fasten bench to wall
Step 2: Fasten bench to wall
Fasten the unit to the wall through its upper back rail.
Build plywood top
Step 3: Build plywood top
Build a new top by gluing hardwood edging to 3/4-in.-thick hardwood plywood and then rounding over all the sharp edges. Sand the top, stain it and apply your favorite finish.
Step 4: Install top
Use corner brackets to fasten the top to the bench.
Step 5: Fasten molding
Fasten base molding around the bench to build it in. Install the drawers to complete the project.
Additional Information for this IKEA Hemnes Hack
Required Tools for this Project
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Required Materials for this Project
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here’s a list.
Originally Published: June 19, 2019