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New and improved: our TV stand, the IKEA Hemnes!

Are there pieces of furniture in your home you’ve happened to own for a while, but just can’t seem to get rid of?

I happen to be at the point where I’m at my wit’s end with a few of these items and it has been well past time to PURGE! When I moved into my very first apartment post-college, I remember picking up a bright red couch, chaise, and matching coffee table and end tables. Along with those pieces, I accumulated a big black TV stand, a headboard for my bed, and dressers for the bedroom. It was great for a girl in her early 20s, but piece by piece I’ve been trying to upgrade. The red couch and chaise/matching tables were the first pieces to go. Next up: the TV stand!

Old TV Stand

The TV unit was a bit of a difficult piece to replace for a bit. It was large, sturdy, and solid wood, so that was a big plus. But, the black color does not match the color scheme for our living room (I’m changing over to white pieces instead of dark/black). So Mr. TV Stand had to go! But – finding a unit of similar size and storage capability was a bit of a challenge. I liked how our old unit fit the wall almost perfectly across. Oh – don’t worry about those Christmas stockings you see hanging on the old unit; I happened to take those photos back in December when we knew we wanted to replace the unit. The Christmas decor has been put away for almost two months now!

IKEA Hemnes TV Stand

And then…as if IKEA knew I was in need of a new TV unit…they came out with a larger size of their Hemnes TV unit.

IKEA Hemnes TV Stand

They previously had a two drawer version, but it was too small. The three drawer? Hooray – it’s perfect! Absolutely perfect. It was an easy swap for the space for sure. The price was right as well.

antler candelabra

Oh, and if you’re wondering about the candelabras on the top of the cabinet, here’s a close up! I am oh so in love with them; they travel between the dining room table and the TV stand depending on my mood. And they were yet another amazing find from Marshalls – for $15 a piece! It was a no-brainer to take them home with me when I saw them on the shelves. The taper candles were also from Marshalls. They’re always a fantastic place to shop for candles. This pack of 6 only set me back $5…cheaper than if I picked up a set at the dollar store – how can you beat that?

Have you been sprucing up any parts of your house in anticipation of spring?


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  • We have the Hemnes set in our living room, and had no idea there is now a bigger tv stand! We too opted for a different unit because the 2 drawer unit was too small. The husband won out the tv argument and we now have a 60″ which is a bit harder to accommodate in the stand department!

  • Hi! It looks very nice!
    May I ask you, what is the color and brand of the paint you have used for your walls, please?
    Thank you!

  • I just bought the same candle holder from TJ MAXX. Can you show me a picture of it on your dining table? I only bought 1 but now I might buy another one after seeing your pictures with the pair.

  • Katie,

    Thanks for posting! I’m considering the Hemnes 3-drawer set from Ikea but I can’t find anywhere that tells me the dimensions of the open shelves above the drawers. I have a somewhat large home theater amplifier and I would like to make sure it fits. Could you share the height of those cabinets? Is there more clearance inside than you can see at the opening? I’m wondering if I could slip my amplifier in from the back if it fits inside but can’t make it through the front opening.


    • Hi Joel – the open “cubbies” above the drawers are 4″ tall openings. However, the cubby itself is 6″ tall. I hope that helps!

        • Cubes: width: 45cm, height: 18cm, depth: 41,5cm (each)
          Drawers: width: 44cm, height: 20cm, depth: 40cm (each)

          • This is not correct for the Hemnes unit described in the article. I measured the open shelves and they are only about 12cm high (internally) at most.

    • I saw some conflicting information here and elsewhere about the size of the 3 open shelves (“cubbies” as others have called them), so I finally went down to the shop and measured them. The dimensions are roughly:
      4.5″ tall, 17.5″ wide, 16″ deep. Actually maybe little bit more than that, but I rounded down to the nearest 1/4″ since I wouldn’t put something in there without a little room for airflow around it.

      • I was back at Ikea this week and realized there is actually a little more room inside the “cubbies” than I first realized. The opening is only about 4.5″ high, but there is a little more headroom inside. You could fit a component 6″ high inside the shelf (the height is perhaps 6.25″ inside), but the top 1.5″ or so would be covered.

  • Hi there, I know it’s an old post, but do you store DVD’s in the TV bench? I can’t find out anywhere where it says how many dvds/games it will store in the drawers. Do you know?

    • I store a ton of DVDs in the drawers! I have the exact same ikea hemnes tv stand. It fits two rows of DVDs ( title end up) so you can see every movie! I have all 3 drawers packed. I wanted to replace it but I can’t seem to find one with such great storage to I’m painting it and adding a wood top to it! I’ve had it for about 5 years now. Still love it. I was wondering why she didn’t just prime and paint it?

  • Hey Katie,

    So glad I came across your post – we’ve been looking at this tv stand so its nice to see what it looks like with equipment in it. I’m having a hard time finding the dimensions of the interior shelves for the cable box, DVD player etc. I see that you mentioned in a comment last year about it being 4″ high… any chance you could post the width!?!?

    • Cubes: width: 45cm, height: 18cm, depth: 41,5cm (each)
      Drawers: width: 44cm, height: 20cm, depth: 40cm (each)

  • Hey! So I really want this TV unit and I actually saw that they have almost the exact one at Target. After reading Targets reviews I leanrned that it bows in the middle due to the weight of the TV! Do you have the same problem with this one?

    • Hi Morgan! I haven’t had any problems with bowing in the middle with mine – we had our TV sitting on it for a while before we got our new one and mounted it to the wall!

    • Cubes: width: 45cm, height: 18cm, depth: 41,5cm (each)
      Drawers: width: 44cm, height: 20cm, depth: 40cm (each)

    • Cubes(INTERNALLY) : width: 45cm, height: 18cm, depth: 41.5cm (each)
      Drawers: width: 44cm, height: 20cm, depth: 40cm (each)

      • Are you sure about those dimensions? 18cm is about 7 inches, but Katie said the openings are 4″ tall, and according to the Ikea site the whole unit is only 22.5″ tall–the open shelf doesn’t look like it’s a third of the height.

  • I also want to know the internal width of each cubby in centimetres – can you please get your tape measure out ? Ikea should have this info as how are we supposed to work out if our amp, CD player or whatever will fit ?

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