Product Type: Ikea home furniture
Newest Review: ... 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 bo... more
Simple and Functional
Ikea Benno DVD Tower
Member Name: nilo0901
Ikea Benno DVD Tower
Advantages: Cheap, fundtional, easy to assemble
Disadvantages: Fairly basic in design, veneer can come off
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.
Summary: Functional, cheap and cheerful again from Ikea