Hey everyone! I’m so grateful for the lovely responses I received about our Scandi Living Room Reveal! Thank you all for being so lovely over it, made my week! So much so that I decided I needed to share the DIY floating sideboard tutorial right away!
**Before I begin.. As I’m writing this I discovered that on February 2nd Ikea discontinued the AKURUM cabinets and the specific doors we used for our project! What a let down! In its stead, I would suggest using the BESTA cabinet or the SEKTION cabinet with choice of door type.**
– 3 cabinets. Choose length depending on your space.
– 6 doors (we chose the middle grade white, prices vary)
– Required suspension rail for your cabinet
– 2 packages of cabinet shelves
– Laminated pinewood the length of the sideboard plus 2 inches. You can get this at Lowes!
– Laminated pinewood the length of the sides of the sideboards (cut at home)
– Dark Walnut stain
Here’s a sample Ikea shopping list for you with the products they now carry: Floating Sideboard Ikea Shopping List
**Note: for our sideboard we used cabinets that were 30″ long, 12″ deep, and 15″ tall. The closest to that size I’ve found on Ikea since their change in inventory is the BESTA cabinet. **
I made an animated GIF of our sideboard assembly for your viewing pleasure! Check it out.
Ok some details.
Sorry the GIF didn’t have the final two steps ;) I returned a lens I was borrowing and realized my remaining fixed lens couldn’t fit our projecting into its frame! By the time I got another lens it was a bit late! Nevertheless, here are some tips for mounting this beauty.
1. Be sure to put the cabinet backs on the right way hahaha. I love that you can see Mr. G bringing one back to fix! It’s not an Ikea project without putting on something backward right?
2. Decide where your TV needs to be positioned to be viewed comfortably from your couch. From there decide how high your sideboard should be mounted. Our cabinets are about 10″ from the ground.
3. Our suspension rail was too short so we cut it and mounted it in two parts. Use your leveler! When you’re securing your suspension rails into the studs, find out if you have electrical wires running through the wood at that level! We drilled right through a wire! Yah, woops. Luckily the opposite wall is in the garage so we could access the mistake and fix it from in there.
4. Secure TV mount then cut holes into the wall and cabinets with a drywall saw to run the wires through to your outlet. If your outlet isn’t center or you need more space for your electronics, use a drill bit to cut a hole between the cabinets and pass the cords through.
5. Spend some extra time sanding your pine board, we got ours incredibly smooth and it feels so legit! (Here’s what the pinewood looks like in its clear wrapped package. (…love that oak stained.. cradle?)
6. We used one coat of dark walnut stain on the pine boards before securing it into the cabinet with a nail gun.
And that’s it! What a great Ikea hack right!? I love the minimal look, the storage it provides, and the comfortable low viewing height of the TV.
What do you guys think? Let me know if I can clarify anything in the comments below! Again I’m sorry that the cabinets we used have been discontinued! If you want more information on using BESTA cabinets to make a floating sideboard check out Anu’s floating sideboard on Nalleshouse.com!
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