Published on July 5th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


BESTA Kitty Loo

BESTA Bench, Jigsaw, Joint Compound, Sandpaper, Paint, Petsafe Plastic Door, Litter Box

We recently moved from a house into a small NYC apartment and were challenged to find the perfect place to put the cats’ litter box. As even the greatest self-proclaimed cat-lover might admit, litterboxes are unsightly, so concealing them yet keeping them accessible is difficult.

We were inspired by Sari’s DIY litter box hider on

We had just enough height under the sink in the bathroom to fit a small BESTA bench.

1. We assembled the box and used a jigsaw to cut out an access hole following the template included the cat door kit.

2. The BESTA core is corrugated, so we applied joint compound to fill the edge, sanded, and painted with a durable white oil enamel.

3. When it was dry we adhered the smooth side of the Petsafe door to the front of the unit for a clean look.

4. To ensure the cabinet door would close completely, we shaved a bit off the side of the plastic litter box.

5. We didn’t want the litter box to slide around inside the BESTA so we cut a piece off of the BESTA shelf to make the litter box snug.

6. Access to clean the box is easy by simply opening the cabinet door. The poop scoop can be stored inside.

To get Laylacat & Mr. Tudball used to the new BESTA box we put it next to the old litter box. We were thrilled they chose the new loo!

~ Tiff and Chad, New York, NY

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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".

10 Responses to BESTA Kitty Loo

  1. Awesome its new for me
    Thanks For sharing

  2. WebWench says:

    Is it just me, or did you put in the cat-flap upside-down?

    Regardless, it looks great!

  3. belliflora says:

    lovely ! I was looking for a brillant idea to hide the litter box, thank you !

  4. Anonymous says:

    No end to cat crappers around here, it seems…

  5. Anonymous says:

    King of all the kitty hacks, by far. It looks perfect in the bathroom — it doesn’t detract or look awkward at all.

    And the kitty is adorable.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I am normally annoyed by ikea hacks that involve hiding litter boxes, but this one is just brilliant! Very well executed!

  7. Nora says:

    Love it. I think I need a cat…

  8. Jenna Taylor says:

    Wonderful! And your kitty is simply adorable :)

  9. What a sleek kitty loo! I’m tempted to make one for our cats since a litter box is, as you say, unsightly.
    Laylacat and Mr. Tudball – completely ace names!

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