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
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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.