Published on August 26th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


You got the Besta me

Materials: Besta Cabinets, Framsta Panels, Tofta Doors, Inreda Drawers and Lights

Description: I ordered a new HDTV and my wife and I weren’t going to be satisfied with just putting it on a stand. So we did what we always do….go to IKEA and try to find a cool, modern solution.

We’d been eyeing their Besta cabinets for a while, and always liked them. So decided it was time to take the plunge. But before, we dove in we had to know what configuration would fit in our space.

Using Google Sketchup, I drew up all the cabinet sizes and doors, and tried a few options until I arrived on something I liked.

We then got all the supplies and started putting things together. We wanted our whole cabinet install to fit against the wall, and this introduced some issues with wiring all the equipment.

To solve that, we drilled holes in the backs of cabinets, through the sides of cabinets, and through the metal Framsta panel frames with a circular bit. Now, wires could move up, down, and between our cabinet for connecting all our AV equipment.

We then wanted a couple drawers for storage of Blu-ray discs, and game controllers. But we found that IKEA only sold small height drawer fronts. We wanted drawer fronts the same height of our doors.

So we took a drawer front, and noted the hole locations for mounting to an Inreda sliding drawer. We then stuck our drill in the holes of the drawer front, and marked where the drill stopped with masking tape.

We marked the hole locations and then drilled the holes in the door in the same configuration and depth of the drawer front by drilling until the masking tape met the door.

Our chosen configuration spanned three Framsta panels wide, which was a little bit too wide for one set of Inreda lights to span across.

So we needed to do another hack. This time we simply just got some electrical wire and spliced into the Inreda wires to make them longer.

Last thing we had to do, was simply drill and mount speakers, and the Framsta TV mount to the Framsta panels themselves.

We then put all the equipment in the drawers, mounted the cabinets to the wall, and the TV on the mount for an end result that is something we’re pretty proud of.

See more of the Besta TV cabinet installation.

~ Chris and Christy Perez, Austin, TX

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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".

17 Responses to You got the Besta me

  1. Anonymous says:

    Could you provide the full shopping list to achieve this look? I would love to have this design in my living room!

  2. Danielle says:

    Please please can I have shopping list

  3. Great Hacks! Ref the door to drawer hack, Did the door holes give you a problem and did you have to cut grooves in the doors for the drawer bottom? PS We like your speakers and their location…
    Thanks, D & D

  4. Anonymous says:

    im doing this

  5. Anonymous says:

    Total cost?

  6. Zulaya says:

    I SOOOO wish I’d seen this before I went with the glossy drawers (as sold) because our game controllers just won’t all fit in the little drawers. BRILLIANT solution! And not even that difficult, wish I’d been as alert as you were!

  7. Bathroom Renovations says:

    This will pretty much with a plasma tv…Oh so nice.

  8. Tom Guard says:

    I got to do this. Awesome!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Any chance of seeing a shopping list of items?

  10. Wild Roses says:

    That’s fantastic! Well done.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Clever to add a little height on the right side so it’s not so open.

  12. Meubels says:

    You are welcome at my home to make such a beautifull cabinet.

    Nice blog :D

  13. Anonymous says:

    Neat. I wish Ikea supplied 3D models of their stuff…

    • JoelC says:

      They do, well the public does. You download them into The Sims 3 and build to your hearts content, can alter all the colors and textures too within the game.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Very good excecution :) Well made and fantasticly looking. I was looking for something sleek and minimalistic and just found it.

    By the way, you will indeed notice a considerably difference in soundstage by putting the speakers further out ! just try it.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Good project to stay out of the Texas heat. Very clean and sleek. Looks like it should be in a real expensive pad. I think the speakers would look funny if they were further out, and the sound difference probably wouldn’t be noticeable.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Ok, but who told you right and left speaker have to be that close to the center speaker for real Dolby Digital sound?


    That should be corrected ^^

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