We love watching movies in bed. Even got ourselves a little projector. But… after recent move we realised that in the new place there was no shelf or mount for it.
The first option was to hang a shelf, like a normal person would generally do. The only problem being that it’s a lovely old house – and the lovely old houses tend to have a trick or two up their sleeve. I knew there was a solid brick wall somewhere underneath. What else? Insulation? Definitely some plaster (how much of it?) and paint. God knows what in between (cavities?). Generally a good chance that we will either face a shelf slanting in time or need massive anchors (the laptop, projector and speakers are surprisingly heavy). Not to mention it’s a rented accommodation, so you definitely don’t want to take any chances!
That was the origin of the idea of a standing shelf. And the beginning of a few months search for the right specimen (spoiler alert: unsuccessful one). There wasn’t anything out there that would tick all the boxes (or even get close): high enough. Ideally constructed in such a way we could hide all the cables. Stable but at the same time supported mainly in the back so that we can push the bed as close to the wall as possible. Asymmetrical, with the top shelf going quite far back (touching the wall with no gaps) but with the bottom removed slightly from the wall to allow for the skirting. White (but I could always paint it, so that was not a deal breaker).
Having lost all hope after a few months I decided that putting something together on my own couldn’t be that hard. And it wasn’t! A few MDF boards from B&Q (they even cut it for free to the dimensions specified), a few screws, brackets and white paint. Jigsaw to cut the hole for the cabling. Et voilà!