Many people might disregard vinyls, but we still buy quite a few every year. In fact we’ve stopped buying CDs altogether. There’s one problem with buying so many vinyls: it’s that they need proper shelving so that they are easy to peruse. Most dedicated storage solutions tend to be elaborate and pricey. This is why we like this hack which combines a few IKEA Hopen nightstands to put together a decent solution, including space for stereo equipment.
Whether if you’re a DJ, an audiophile, or just love vinyl, they can be a pain to store effectively. Cristina from Portugal had a similar problem. She decided to do something about it. She combined four nightstand tables from IKEA. The model she used was the Hopen. The exact model isn’t listed in the IKEA US website, but we’ve found a few models available on Craigslist and other second-hand retailers (as well as in IKEA Canada!). You should check if your IKEA has it in stock as well.
She took the feet out of two tables to start off with. Then, she put a right-sided table on top of a left-sided table and screwed it in. She did the same with another pair. Lastly, she added some pieces of wood to build a top on the open sides. This arrangement creates a lot of storage space for vinyl records and other forms of media, like DVDs, CDs, and Blu-Ray discs.
The Hopen nightstand is about 3 ¾ feet high, so it’s just a bit low to serve as a mixing station for DJs but combining a tabletop of some kind with these will allow you to place turntables with a mixer and laptop at the right height. However, you can place other stereo equipment on it, from speakers to amplifiers.
To top it off, we’d suggest some lighting, either with some LED strips like the IKEA Dioder or some nice discreet table lamps. Depending on high your ceiling is, you can also use the top of this nightstand as a base to mount some extra bookshelves. By using something thin like the IKEA Besta, you’ll ensure that you’re not putting too much weight on the nightstand. In this case, you’d have to remove the rolling legs.