We expanded the basic rod/shelving idea and added a few custom tweaks to make it a perfect fit for our living space. We cut the length down to 8 feet and the depth to 12 inches and added extra shelving in the center. The center shelves are spaced to offer the perfect nook for our media components and provide the added benefit of extra stabilization. We also used smaller rods, increased the number of rods, and added wheels to the bottom to add height, stability, and mobility – all of which were especially important to us given that the unit is placed on carpeted floors.
- (4) 8′ x 12″ x 1″ pine boards – one of which was cut into 3 equal 32″ pieces [ done for free at Home Depot ]
- (8) 24″ threaded rods of 5/8″ diameter [ our Home Depot carries these rods in a variety of diameters and lengths and this allowed us to purchase the size we needed and not have to worry about cutting to size ]
- (64) sets of washers/nuts
- (8) wheels
- screws for attaching wheels
- clamps [ For easier drilling, we used a template for hole placement and drilled through multiple sheets of wood at once. The clamps kept everything still. ]
- level [ to check those shelves! ]
- pencil, ruler, etc. [ we wanted to ensure that our shelves were spaced evenly ]
- stain + old socks for application
We followed the directions from the above link – basically, drilling holes in the boards is the only real preparatory step, although we also did some light sanding.
Tyler did most of the work himself, although we both did the assembling together. This could be accomplished by one person or quite easily by two people. This was the first piece of furniture either of us have ever built – if I can do it, you can do it! I love that this project can be so easily customized. My little sister has already requested a custom unit of her own sized to store her large collection of records. Obviously shelves are great for storing media items or books, but this could even work nicely as a custom closet idea or for storage in a modern kitchen or bathroom.
We love the finished console. It provides an extremely efficient means of storage in our small space (no wasted depth!) and has a casual industrial feel that we love. The console is 8 feet long on a 9 foot wall. We plan to add a second shorter unit on the right hand side that will turn this into an L-shaped monster storage center that will maximize every last inch of space. Our house is around 800 square feet so even those spare inches behind the door count!
It has been more than a week since we finished this project and I love our media console more every day! I’m grateful to Ali for sharing his idea with the internet and to my husband for turning my sketch into an actual piece of furniture. This is a beautiful solution that appeals to my aesthetics, organizational needs, and DIY sensibility.
**Updated on August 12, 2009 to add: We’ve expanded! The media console no longer stands alone – view the additional piece we built to increase its storage and awesomeness by clicking here.**
Please share comments and questions! We would love to hear what you think! Would you consider building something like this for your home?