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I have a great collection of CD's, records and dvd's. I have some great picture discs I bought in the 1980's, and loads of CD's I bought in the 1990's to replace all the vinyl albums I had.
At the moment I have hundreds of CD'S most of them in boxes, a lot of second hand ones but some really collectable ones with booklets and photos etc. I don't play them very often but like to look through them every so often, so having them in a stand or display is a lot better than a box or on book cases.
This Benno cd / dvd Tower / case is available in birch / black oak and white, I have the birch coloured one.
It is 202 cm tall x 20 x 17 cm
It is £18 in white or pine ish at the moment in IKEA.
Because it is so tall ( 202 cm ) and holds 180 (roughly) cd's it needs fixing to the wall as it becomes top heavy and unbalanced. You could get away with half filing it ( the bottom half ) if you were not sure about fixing to a wall and marking the wall, ( if you are renting or something ).
It holds a lot more cd's than you would think by looking at it. The shelves are adjustable so you can either pack in all your cd's and use it as a storage unit or mix and match with your dvd's other discs and even things like small map books.
This sort of matches my other beech things including the kitchen, table, Sony speakers pine kitchen stool etc.
The other alternative if you do not want to fix it to the wall is to lie it on the floor against the skirting board and just use it like that, it looks a bit unusual but if you don't mind the odd comment it is practical.
I love to purchase DVDs and CDs of artists and shows I like, and they tend to accumulate and take up a lot of space over time. Most of the space in my room has been taken up by my double bed and large wardrobe, so I didn't want to have another separate shelf for my DVDs (mostly) and CDs. I had been using half of my tiny bookshelf in the corner to store the DVDs and box sets I own, but it has reached a point where the bookshelf is overflowing. So I decided to purchase a shelf solely to store my DVDs and CDs in a orderly fashion.
I saw this Benno DVD tower from Ikea whilst I was browsing on the internet for cheap and practical furniture. As soon as I saw, I knew that this is what I need for my room. Despite the lack of space, this DVD tower goes perfectly well sandwiched between my wardrobe and the wall. The space was originally brewing dust bunnies so this certainly makes a useful purchase.
The Ikea Benno DVD tower comes in various colour in white, oak, birch, black and black-brown. The white and the black ones are retailed at £18.00 on official Ikea website and the rest are retailed at £30.00. I bought the white DVD tower because it goes well with the white window panes in my room, and the lower price is an added bonus. I bought the shelf at the store, and I had to ask my dad to drive since I haven't go my license yet. The packaging is quite compact and easy to transport.
As for assembling the tower, it was relatively easy. Of course, having my dad's help makes the assembly process a lot smoother. The instructions are clear and direct. The shelf needs to be fastened to the wall, and the tools necessary are not included but the bolts and nails are. The dimensions of the individual shelves are adjustable to your liking as well. The dimension of the whole tower is 20 cm x 17 cm x 202 cm.
The shelf has been slowly filled with DVDs and CDs and it is almost completely filled now. The material is mainly particleboard and ABS plastic, so it is pretty lightweight. Despite being cheap, the look of it is quite modern and chic. It looks quite wonderful in my room. It makes a lot of space after I have organised my DVDs and CDs. The info on the website says the shelf holds 180 CDs or 88 DVDs. I haven't actually counted how many of my DVDs and CDs can fit on the shelf, but the box sets I own do take up a lot of space.
Overall, I am very pleased with this Ikea Benno DVD tower. My only complaint is that Ikea stores are far and few across the country, which makes it difficult for me to buy another one of these shelves when I want.
Thank you very much for reading and reviewing. :) x
Ikea are obviously known the world over for producing inexpensive furnishings often made from cheap materials that are theoretically easy to assemble. Although I'm loath to buy items of furniture such as tables and chairs from Ikea, I do find their storage solutions are a good, cheap way of getting bog standard items that don't necessarily need to be beautifully crafted but rather serve a purpose. The Ikea Benno DVD towers are a very good example of where they succeed.
These are narrow and very tall towers design to store a large quantity of CD's or DVD's... Of which I have an inordinate amount and therefore have 7 of these units in my flat and counting.
They come in numerous colour options including a wood grain but I always opt for the plain and simple white. They stand at 202cm tall and 20cm in width and can hold either 88 DVD's or 180 CD's depending on your preference.
The towers are made from a veneered composite wood a little like MDF but less firm, the kind you'll find most of their products made from. The veneer is securely glued to the composite but has a habit of peeling or breaking off after time.
The tower is essentially a long rectangular open fronted box. Inside are numerous holes for you to stick small metal pegs in to support the shelves. This mean you can vary the gap between each shelf as you see fit and it doesn't necessarily need to be standardised (although note they are deigned to hold CD's or DVD's so the depth is about that size).
Assembly is straight forward and as seems the case with Ikea, everything you'll need to construct it is contained within the box (although technically not as you'll need a drill and screwdriver to secure it to the wall). All sections come neatly flat packed with easy to follow instructions that are pictorial and don't involve words.
I have found that some Ikea instructions can be confusing to follow but not so with these... Largely because the construction is fairly self explanatory and simple. It took me about 15 minutes to build one and although fairly cumbersome, I was able to do so on my own. Putting it up however may require some assistance.
The tower comes with a bracket to attach it to the wall. Here you need a drill and screwdriver but it is highly recommended. Given the towers shape and height, they are not the most stable and I have had one fall over when leaning against the wall. It wasn't a pretty site so I would suggest using it.
These retail at £18 each so are excellent value for money. I bought my first 6 years ago and still have it so they last and are durable too.
For cheap, effective, durable and efficient storage there is little to complain about this item.
This media tower can be used for either dvds or cds and the shelves can be adjusted to ensure the best use of space. This is yet another example of the fab value for money and simple stylish design which Ikea are so well known for. This item costs £18 and comes flat packed, you should be aware that due to the height of the unit the flat pack is quite long and you need room in your car enough to fit it in - the height is actually 202cm, just over two metres and I was glad we had taken my brother in laws car when we picked these up as I think I would have struggled to fit them in my KA and close the boot!
Anyway, the other measurements are 20cm width and 17cm depth so it is long and thin. I like this because it takes up minimal floor space and therefore is a great solution to storing lots of DVDs or CDs (or a mix of the two) in a very economical way. It will store 180 CDs or 88 DVDs but I use it only for CDs as I have so many.
This piece matches the Billy bookcase range which we also have two different units from, it therefore comes in the same shades, these being birch veneer, oak veneer, black, black-brown and white. We have the oak veneer in our living room across all the bits we have so that they match.
Assembly requires both a cross head and a flat head screwdriver and a hammer and the instructions (as ever with Ikea) are very straightforward to follow. The instructions do indicate that this item should be fixed to the wall and this is true unless you have incredibly steady floorboards. We found that unfixed it leans away from the wall in quite a worrying way and this is my only small issue with it because it means that you do not have total flexibility where you can put it and it can't subsequently be moved around easily.
Other than this I think it is a great storage solution for media and looks great to boot.
Back in the days before music became downloadable, I used to have a rather extensive collection of CD's. When I moved into my first house with a previous partner, we bought four of these CD towers from Ikea to store what was quite an impressive collection of CDs. Sadly, these have since been sold at car boot sales when I was desperate for money for my own house, but that's a story for another day!
The design of these CD towers is quite modern, and they fit in with our (at the time) new-ish house. Having said that, the wooden ones would fit in with most style of houses. Although this storage unit is called a DVD tower, it is also suitable for CDs, or a mixture of both. This is because the shelves are adjustable. It is designed to hold 180 CDs, 88 DVDs, or a mixture of both. The tower comes in different colours, including birch veneer, black, black-brown, oak veneer and white. As an owner of many items of Ikea furniture, I can advise that the white version is cheaper than the wood or coloured finishes, costing £18 instead of £30. The black version is also £18 which is strange, as the black-brown costs £30! Basically, it's worth checking the price of different colours as they do vary.
As you'd expect by the name "tower", this unit is very tall and thin. The dimensions are: width 20cm, depth 17cm, and height 202cm. They require assembly, but from what I remember this was very straightforward involving the usual alyn key which comes with Ikea furniture. I would recommended having a think about what you're using this for before you start putting it together, only because you have to make decisions early on about the shelf height and it would be annoying to change your mind after building it!
The assembly kit also includes a fastener to secure these units to the wall. Obviously this is a safety issue if the weight of the items being stored should make the tower topple over. I have to be honest and say we never got round to securing ours to the wall, and we didn't have any issues, but I would definitely recommend securing these especially if you have children, as they are very solidly built so could be very dangerous if they fall on someone.
The other benefit of choosing these storage units is that there are matching items available, notably the Billy Bookcase that everyone I know owns or has owned at some point. The shelves are thick and sturdy, and it looks really good quality. They are easy to clean, I just used to wipe them with a dry duster to remove excess dust, and once in a blue moon I'd remove all the CD's and clean each shelf properly.
I found these storage units to be of excellent quality, and the only reason I didn't feel the need to replace them when I moved out from the house I shared with my ex-partner was that I sold most of my CD's and had little need for such storage. If you have an extensive CD or DVD collection, I can highly recommend these as they are sturdy and look great with your CDs all lined up.
One final thing I'd like to mention, is that the packaging for these towers is very long, and so it's worth checking before heading off to Ikea that you can fit them in your car. Otherwise you'll end up doing what we did which was driving back down the motorway with four Benno towers wedged in across the passenger seat obstructing the driver's view. Admittedly, we were in a Corsa at the time, so larger cars shouldn't have a problem. Something worth considering before you make a trip, however.
(This review may also appear on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)
Ikea divide their products into 'ranges'. The Benno range includes DVD towers and TV units, but is designed to work alongside another of their ranges the 'Billy' range - which is bookcases etc.
This Benno DVD tower is the same height as the Billy Bookcases they do which means that they don't look daft stood together (useful if you want both!). Actually in our case this wasn't really an issue as we wanted to stand it in an unused corner where it wouldn't be next to anything else, but it's good to know if we want to move it, we'll be able to match it to other items if we so desire.
The reason we bought this, is because we wanted more space for DVDs, and it was getting hard to find somewhere to put any more units. This way we could utilise a little dead corner of the room behind the door because the Benno DVD tower is two metres high as I say, but only 20cm wide and 17cm deep.
It can be bought in a range of colours (white, black, black brown, birch veneer and oak veneer. As we have mostly oak wood in that room, we went with the oak veneer to try and complement things. It's not the best wood look in the world, but it's a lot better than some, and not too plastic looking if you know what I mean.
One thing I would say about this is that although it's made from veneered particle board, it is very solid once made up. Like most Ikea items it comes flat packed so you put it together yourself at home, and it's pretty simple to do. The instructions are always pretty clear with Ikea items and it doesn't take long to put together. Most of the shelves are height adjustable which means you can use this just as easily for CDs as DVDs, and each shelf sits on four little metal pins that push into holes all the way up the inside sides of the unit at regular intervals. My husband put ours together and it took him about 20-30 minutes I'd say.
The tower holds about 80-90 DVDs, on the Ikea website it says 88, but that's based on standard size DVDs and as I've got some larger cases and some skinny ones as well as a few box sets, I'd say it's a bit variable. (Alternatively you can set the shelves closer together, and it will hold 180 CDs instead).
As a unit that fits in a very skinny space, this is ideal I think. It's depth is good, not too deep like many DVD/CD stands available at the moment, and the price is quite reasonable at between £17.99 and £29.99 depending on which colour you buy - of course ours being the oak look was the most expensive typically!
I'd recommend these to anyone looking for sturdy, tall skinny storage for DVDs and/or CDs, it's well worth the money.
I bought this DVD a few years ago and liked it so much I bought two more so now have them attached together to make one big DVD tower.
I paid about £20.00 for each one although I think the price has gone up slightly now. I have the birch veneer colour which is nice and light and looks stylish and neutral. It does come in lots of other colours too including blue, black, red and white. For the price I think this is an absolute bargain. It has been a fantastic piece of furniture and mine still look brand new even after three years.
I think the best thing about it is that it is so versatile. It can hold DVD's or CD's and I also have books in mine. It makes my room look tidy and uncluttered and makes it a lot easier to find what I am looking for.
I think the size of it is perfect. It is very thin but holds 180 CD's or 88 DVD's and because it hardly takes up any space you can put it anywhere in the room and it fits great into small corners that have no other use. It is nice and tall so makes the most of the space but even though I am only 5 foot 3 I can still reach the top shelf of it with no problem.
I would definately recommend this to all my friends as a stylish looking way to keep DVD's and CD's neatly stored and easy to access.
My girlfriend and I own a lot of DVDs, and when we visited IKEA these seemed the perfect storage solution. We now have four of them, and plan on getting another two in the next few months. The tall, slim design is great for a small house like ours, as it allows us to store large numbers of DVDs in a relatively small area.
Of course, like most IKEA products, Benno comes in a flat pack, which although easy to assemble (none of ours has taken more than 20 minutes to build) is a very long, thin box which might not easily fit in the smallest of cars!
When constructed to hold DVDs, each tower has eight shelves, each of which holds 11 normal sized DVDs (88 in total). According to my girlfriend (I had not noticed, so it's not a huge problem), when constructed to hold DVDs rather than CDs the spacing is a little uneven. Luckily, they can be evened out quite effectively using the spare shelves.
As other reviewers have mentioned, the shape of these shelves makes them a little precarious if placed on an uneven floor. Out solution is to place little pieces of cardboard under the front half of the shelf base, so that they rest ever so slightly back against the wall. This helps to prevent them being knocked over by children, pets or inebriated relatives. It should also be mentioned that they are nearly 7 feet tall, so those with low ceilings should check the measurements before buying! Aside from the uneven shelf spacing (not a problem if set up to hold CDs), these are very attractive pieces of furniture to have in the house, and at under £20 each, they are a bargain too.
We bought the Benno DVD tower the year before last when we moved into our flat. We had a tonne of dvds and really didnt want them either taking up room on our bookshelf nor did we want them piled messily by the tv stand.
What Ikea seem to specialise in is saving space in a stylish and simpler way and they do it again here with this dvd tower. It's very tall, over 6 feet tall which allows the average height person to just about place a dvd on the top shelf.
Because of it's height it's able to efficiently hold around 80 DVDs (obviously depending on DVD's size/shape), you'd need alot of shelving to hold that many and that would take up alot of space. This is also able to be placed in the corner quite easily, out of sight-ish.
It comes with enough shelves to convert some if not all of the spaces into small enough sizes to hold CD racks if the user prefers however I believe Ikea do separate CD racks so I'd recommend using this primarily for DVDs.
We have built our collection since then and have bought another matching tower to go next to it. Ikea dont seem to change their styles often so you can be assured that they'll be selling these for a while if you're worried that you might want another but it would be out of stock. I'd be very surprised if these went out of stock
One disadvantage to it's height is that unless you have a level floor this is at risk of toppling over, however ikea do provide a hanger of sorts that allows you to clip it on and nail it to the wall so that it stays there. Unfortunately for us we were in the situation where we didnt have a very level floor in our flat and we werent allowed to nail into the wall - bl**dy landlords!
Currently £17.35 in Ikea
i had recently purchased the billy bookcase from ikea, and quickly ran out of space for my DVDs. i havent got the space for a separate bookcase for the DVDs, so i decided to get 2 CD towers. Due to the genious that is ikea, all the bookcase and cd tower bits and pieces come in the same variety of colours and sizes, so i was therefore able to get one the exact same height and colour, although they come in a great variety of colours, such as red, oak, pine and others. unfortunately, unlike the bookcases which can come in a variety of patterns, the CD towers can only come in the aformentioned colours, which makes matching the patterned bookcases a nightmare.
the assembly is pretty straight forward, with simple instructions included, complete with pictures, because of course, being ikea, everything is flatpack. you do, however, need some basic tools to complete the assembly, such as a hammer, a star headed screwdriver and a flat headed screwdriver. for the assembly, the instructions are easy to do, until it comes to the backboard, which is just as hard to work as its bookcase counterpart. some of the assembly may require the help of a friend, as some heavy lifting and stability while hammering and screwing will help. When you have the CD tower assembled, i would strongly suggest putting the wall bracket on the wall to hold it in place, as although it is of strong build, its centre of gravity is quite high, so it will topple quite easily if you do not. placing the bracket will require powertools.
all in all, another cracker from ikea, which will match pretty much any other thing in ikea, because they all come in the same basic variety of colours.