Published on July 30th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Hidden music desk

Besta parts, drill, saw

My wife and I live in a studio apartment in NYC and I was looking for a solution where I could have all of my music gear readily available, while not also having it on display.

Materials used

1 – Besta 50″ height Shelf Unit
2 – Besta Tofta doors
6 – sliding drawers without fronts (used for rails only)
5 – additional sliding shelves
1 – Inreda Drawer
2 – Besta Legs
2 – hinges from Home Depot
2 – magnetic fasteners to hold doors closed (home depot)

1 – 2 1/2″ drill hole bit (to run cables through)
1 – hand saw to cut shelves to size

This is basically all from the Ikea Besta Line, I drilled 2 1/2″ holes into the back piece to run all of the cables through , the bottom left has a drawer in it to hold spare cables etc… I purchased drawers without fronts for the rails and sawed the shelves to fit (that was surprisingly easy). The hard part was the doors. I had to buy hinges from Home Depot to make this work and it was very difficult to hang them evenly. The hinges they sell at IKEA don’t work because shelves can’t slide out when the doors are open.

~ Torrey, New York City

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The Author

Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

7 Responses to Hidden music desk

  1. Anonymous says:

    You are a genius. I wanted a slide out shelf concept for my recording studio but was too stupid to figure out what IKEA pieces to hack. You made my life easy man. I love you both.

  2. sam says:

    ableton ftw

  3. marcelo aguiar says:

    Nice work!
    They have different hinges for the big Faktum cabinets. These ones place the door outside the cabinet, allowing drawers to slide out.
    IKEA INTEGRAL 153º ;)

  4. this is a great idea! Might take inspiration from it… only problem, my Blofeld keyboard might not fit into it… but maybe I’ll just sell it and get a Mopho! :)

  5. Anonymous says:

    i like this and i wouldnt mind doing this for my guitar rig. how much did the setup cost you? dont really wanna spend a lot but the shelf is about $130

  6. Anonymous says:

    @Fractal Dimension – Thanks for the comment I agree with studio is already on the way, thanks for the tip!

  7. Nice collection of compact gear (gotta love that cute DSI Mopho Keyboard.) and a creative space-saving solution.
    However, you might want to come up with a better arrangement for your speakers, putting them into such tight spaces made of wood is bound to cause lots of resonance in the shelf and probably overemphasize the lower frequencies. At the very least buy some acoustic isolation pads (e.g. Auralex MoPAD) and put them under the speakers to decouple them from the shelf.

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