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Published on January 26th, 2010 | by Jules IKEAHacker

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Besta toy storage





Elena and Markus are total Ikea addicts who hacked this Besta storage for toys.

“We bought two Besta shelf units last spring and wanted to use them to store the kids’ toys in the living room.

Unfortunately you cannot have this unit with two drawers, because the drawers are a little less than half the height and a little more than 1/3, so it just does not work and we went for the drawer+door solution with Grip handles for the drawers on top and push latches for the doors at the bottom.

It turns out that those push latches are not so easy to open, especially for kids and also that those Norum doors are so wide that the hinges cannot really hold them up properly, so the whole thing did not look really nice, with the doors at the bottom hanging down in the middle.

So, inspired by this hack we bought 4 Inreda drawers without front and had a carpenter fix the Norum doors to fit the drawers!”

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7 Responses to Besta toy storage

  1. Lacey says:

    What a great blog! I love projects like these..
    http://www.kitchendetailsanddesign.com/

  2. furniture says:

    A lovely idea I would say…because storage for children is an issue and this is a wonderful way of keeping them.Love the cupboards.

  3. chelle6 says:

    I love this I had the same problem frustrated that I couldn’t have drawers at the bottom so just got cupboard doors. I may just have to go get me some drawers and copy this solution. Thanks it’s genius!!

  4. Olivia says:

    What a fabulous adaptation. May I please ask: Did you use the same style Norum doors (different size) for the pull-out drawers at the top? Thankyou. I can’t wait to do this myself.

  5. Elena says:

    Hallo Olivia, yes, we used the same norum doors for the drawers at the top and for the doors at the bottom. they are a bit more expensive but they look so much nicer in the living room than the other plain white ones!

  6. Catharina says:

    THANKS for sharing, this idea solved our problem, and we are at this very moment compiling our Bestå storage bench with cupboard doors instad of “drawer fronts”. Hopefully I have measured neatly enough… I can’t understand why IKEA doesn’t see the need for full drawers?!

  7. Hans says:

    Do you think it is possible to use the deeper AV drawers (49 cm deep instead of 40cm) in the cabinets? I want to add a kitchen counter top, 50cm deep at the top of this setup. It would add another 9 cm of toys for the kids.

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