“ Brand: Ikea / Type: Storage Unit „
When I moved to a new house five years ago I needed furniture but as I was on a tight budget I decided to go to IKEA to buy a few essentials and one of these was the Benno CD/DVD tower. Because I had already purchased some Billy bookcases I wanted something to complement these that would store my DVDs and CDs so decided to go for the Benno which complements the Billy range well.
Basically the Benno CD/DVD tower is like a very thin bookcase which has adjustable shelves so you can customise it for your needs.
Like most Ikea pieces this came as a flat pack but I have to say I found pretty easy to put up. There were two of us when I put this one up but I suspect I could do it on my own but having someone to hold the pieces while you make it up helps. Once assembled the dimensions are:
Width: 20 cm
Depth: 17 cm
Height: 202 cm
In terms of tools you will need a hammer, a Phillips screwdriver (in the standard size) and a flat screwdriver oh and a pencil. However, if you are going to attach it to the wall you may need a drill depending on your wall off course. It is also worth noting that the CD/DVD tower isn't as wide as a Billy bookcase so if you want it has part of a seemless bookcase system you will have to use the attached hooks to attach it to the Billy bookcases but my Mum has done this and it looks really good.
Once made up you can then use the supplied pegs to attach the shelves at various heights (although I will say that the shelf is more suited for CDs as you have to use the pre-drilled holes and if the shelf was to have nothing but CDs it will fit well but there is a biggish gap below the fixed middle shelf and top shelf when you fit it for DVD. However, this is a small problem). I also found that when I moved and decided to just use the shelf for DVDs some of the pegs were well wedged in so I had to use a set of pliers to move them but at least I know they are secure.
The CD/DVD tower has lasted really well as it has stood for five years and even been moved with no damage so I can testify how long it lasts.
At £18.00 for the white and black veneers and £30 for the others it is a good price for a piece of furniture that has lasted really well and is incredibly versatile so I am giving it 5 stars.
The Benno DVD shelf unit is basically for storing books, CDs, video games and DVDs. It comes in a variety of colours but I went with white to match my room. For some reason, white is also cheaper costing only £14.88 instead of £19.99.
Like with most products from IKEA you have to assemble it yourself but it really is easy. It won't take longer than 10 minutes and can all be done with a screwdriver. However, you may need a hammer if you want to add nails to the back of the unit which I did as it makes it more stable and to add a bracket if you have small children who might try and hang on it.
The shelves are adjustable which is great and this is done by moving the screws that can be placed in the numerous holes. You move them to where you want the shelves and then the shelves fit into the screws. You get 4 shelves to insert. If you're using it to store DVDs/video games like me then you can have four rows which each fit 24 DVDs. So that's 96 in total.
The top row also has more space than the bottom three if you adjust the shelves like that so I drilled four extra holes and inserted the last shelf as a remote control storage. It's sort of like a small space at the top and works quite well.
It looks very nice and has a curve at the bottom, as you can see in the picture, to go up against your skirting board. It doesn't take up much room at all, measuring 106cm in height, 40cm in width and 17cm in depth.
CD / DVD Case