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Published on August 25th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


BESTÅ turns into play-centre

Materials: 2 BESTÅ units with 6 shelfs, 2 BESTÅ units with 1shelf, 2 drawers with front, 4 sets of large BESTÅ castors, 8 square doors, all white. Two MDF wooden plates, white paint, screwdrivers, screws, saw and lots of glue. Two white KRITTER chairs.

Description: In our L-shaped living room, we wanted our small kids (1 and 4) to play in the corner. The enormous amount of bright colored toys, which had been spread across the floor in the past few years should be stacked into sleek design cabinets which should be out of their reach, it should have little desks to draw their pictures on and little cabinets on wheels for their daily stuff to put into.

When we shopped around all cabinets for kids turned out to be bright colored, funny or otherwise not-sleek and therefore not suitable for our livingroom. I decided to hack the BESTÅ cabinet!

First we mounted one BESTÅ unit to the wall, against the ceiling. Note that the unit is temporarily supported by an old IKEA dresser with additional piles of magazines! It did a very good job.

Than we mounted a room-high MDF plate, mounted a second shelfunit (again with the help of the old dresser) and a second room-high MDF plate. Plates were mounted with lots of glue and a single screw.

Just for the look of it we thickened the plates by glueing extra plates on both sides of the room-high MDF plates. And to be sure the cabinets would not fall on our children’s heads we put an extra rod underneath the first cabinet.

I sawed two little desks, mounted small bars underneath and screwed the bars against the plates. We sanded the plates and painted them white.

Eight doors were attached that opened by clicking (BESTÅ press-and-open! Superb!).

The two small BESTÅ cabinets got a drawer and 4 castors each and were shoved under the desks. Two KRITTER chairs completed the new play-centre.

We are very happy with the result, although I must say that a tidy play-centre still seems to be a matter of discipline…. !

~ Janine

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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".

9 Responses to BESTÅ turns into play-centre

  1. Cecilia says:

    Great idea! Could you please tell us what exactly are the measurements for the besta units? Thanks!

  2. Janine says:

    I don’t know how upload another picture… I used small wooden bars, app. 2 *1*30 cm. which i screwed horizontally to the room-high plates. The desks rest on those bars, with a little glue. When the children grow taller, i can unscrew the bars, place them a little higher and screw them again!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Love it. Any way to get a picture of the bars you mounted underneath? I’m havinga hard time visualizing what they are attached to (i.e. the corner wall and what?)

  4. Janine says:


  5. Anonymous says:

    Plus it is good to not have all their toys accessible at once, change them out every few weeks and voila – new toys!!

  6. Amy says:

    I don’t understand why the toys should be out of reach. What else do a 1 and 4 year old do besides play??

  7. Anonymous says:

    They make a big mess?
    If you leave stuff within kids’reach it will be all over the place in no time.
    Have you ever been around little kids?

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