Work Station

Published on July 29th, 2008 | by Jules IKEAHacker


Besta work station with lots of storage

The Besta, though a storage system, came together really well as a work station for Thomas.

He says, “Searching for a desk for my workplace was very hard and I could not find anything which fitted my new appartment.

So I came up with my own solution: Building up a rack with Besta and leaving a gap for the countertop. The base for the countertop are Besta racks as well. The countertop itself is a high gloss Personlig with a stainless steel border at 7.6 cm height (about 3 inch).

The length of the countertop is derived from the size of the Besta racks: For this one the depth of the racks at the wall and the three Besta racks at the front are all together 228 cm (about 7.5 feet). The depth depends on the gap between the wall mounted racks, in my case 100 cm (about 3.3 feet)

It was very easy to install this desk. The countertop was delivered finished, so the only work I had to do was put it up on the Besta racks and fix it with some screws. I have cut in some holes to put the cables under the countertop. Because the countertop hung down 7.6 cm at the edges, I had a lot of place to hide the cables underneath the countertop.

See more of Thomas’ Besta work station photoset on flickr.

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18 Responses to Besta work station with lots of storage

  1. Anonymous says:

    Very nice looking work station. I do have a question though. On the right side of the desk (if seated), you have 2 Besta cabinets back to back with a 20cm gap between them. What did you use to fill that gap and how did you finish it?

  2. willow says:

    i love everything it is so pretty!

  3. Sunny Day says:


    The room and furnitures are really nice! Looks very upscale and modern, it’s looks fantastic and beautiful!

    I love the space, too!


    Sunny Day
    Swarovski Crystal Barcelets

  4. Thomas says:

    Thanks for all your comments about my desk.

    Here some facts to answer all the questions above: The whole desk and the wall unit is Besta. If you like a little bit more information take a look at the instructions on my blog kopflos. I hope the pictures telling the whole story if you have problems with the German language :)

    Here in Germany the Besta units are also available in white as you can see on IKEAs website.

    The countertop is called PERSONLIG and I got it from IKEA but it is only available at the store and not online. I don’t know whether or not the PERSONLIG countertops are available in the US IKEA stores.

    @Juliet: The low seating on the right side belongs to my sofa from a local store.

    Please send an email (thomas[at]kopflos[dot]eu) if there are any questions.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I love the countertop, can I find that in the US?

  6. Juliet says:

    P.S. Where is that taupe low seating from? In the second picture on the right side? Is that from Ikea too? Thanks again.

  7. Juliet says:

    I agree — it’s beautiful! I love the space, too! I don’t see Besta in white in the US. I see the doors in white, but not the frames or base units. Is the wall unit also Besta? Thanks.

  8. Wow! That looks fantastic!

  9. Ruthie says:

    Thomas, your Besta workstation takes my breath away! Gorgeous!

  10. Michele says:

    Really nice! Looks very upscale and modern.

  11. Awesome hack, looks great.
    Any problems with the Mighty Mouse on the high-gloss finish?

  12. Jules says:

    daktari, the besta range is here

  13. Daktari says:

    Is there a materials list for this project. I really like it, but I can’t figure out what a Besta rack is. There isn’t anything by that name on the US Ikea site. Also, what is the name of the base units?

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  15. exel says:

    nice page with ikea products

  16. Anonymous says:

    beautiful workstation! The entire room is wonderful. So clean, modern. Makes me want to go clean and organize my studio. thanks for sharing.


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