If you're not too keen on the idea of speaker stands and speakers next to your couch or as part of your bedroom decor, this clever hack disguises them as floor lamps.
Over at the DIY and tinkering blog We Live Like This they were looking for a creative way to integrate speakers into their bedroom without it looking like they had big speaker stands hanging out next to the bed. Their solution was to take some cheap IKEA lamps with rice-paper shades and use them to conceal the speakers.
Yesterday we did a small half-a-day project to modify 2 IKEA lamps into a speaker set for the bedroom using 2 old speaker components from our old Philips widescreen TV. I used the amplifier of a broken set of pc speakers to power the speakers. It not the kind of thing for audiophiles, but we're satisfied with the result.
While we're impressed with their recycling and ingenuity but from an ease of use and audio-quality standpoint it we think we'd just use some lightweight cube speakers and mount them to the socket instead of building our own speakers from cast off parts. Add in few LED lights around the speaker wires to the old pull switch on the lamp and you've got camouflaged speakers you can actually read by! Have a clever tip, trick, or hack for concealing your audio-video gear? Let's hear about it in the comments.