Published on April 5th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Besta climbs on Expedit

Materials: Expedit, Besta

Description: We decided to move around the furniture in our living room, to get more space around the couch. We ended up with the Expedit and the two Besta bookshelves, which didn’t really fit together, because of the different high and depth.

So we had the idea to put the Bestas on top of the Expedit. We only needed to remove the top of the shelves since it did not fit underneath the ceiling.
And we fixed the Bestas to the wall by using the attachments provided with the IKEA kitchen Faktum cabinets.

In between the two Bestas, I added extra shelves to put some decoration. And behind the green painting, we have the temperature control device for the heating system., which is now nicely covered, and can still be easily accessed.

Bye the way, those Bestas have a lot more shelves than the originally provided amount. They where bought in the hardware store. For us its the perfect book shelves, since they have the right depth for soft-covers.

~ Anna, Bremen, Germany

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13 Responses to Besta climbs on Expedit

  1. Anonymous says:

    This is beautiful, and will look like a “built in ” if you added some fancy molding.

  2. Robert says:

    Hi, for sure is Billy that has some 28 cm deep and not 40cm Besta

  3. Anonymous says:

    I think they are Billy’s not Besta’s. Besta is deeper. Looks Fab tho!!

    • Anonymous says:

      No those are Besta. They are less deep (20cm) than the Billy bookshelves and therefor perfect for books. You are right though that normal Bestas are deeper than Billys.

  4. Anonymous says:

    You should add some trim to the top, to give it a more finished look. Apart from that though, it’s fantastic.

  5. stephen says:

    These are some crazy looking shelves!!

  6. Sing says:

    Very nice and sleek, looks like one unit.

  7. Tony Chang says:

    A most excellent idea! Now I just have to get home, whip out the measuring tape and see if the same configuration can be assembled in my living room…

  8. Anna says:

    love it, simple and makes the place cozy

  9. Anonymous says:

    I like it very much, but I’d prefer to remove the bottom of the Bestas, not the top.

  10. FABULOUS reinvention!

  11. homestilo says:

    I especially like the added shelves between the Bestas- nice touch!

  12. Jacqueline says:

    What a great idea!

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