Published on November 22nd, 2011 | by Jules Yap


BESTA Floating Media Cabinet With Flat Panel TV

BESTA Floating Media Cabinet With Flat Panel TV

Materials: 2 BESTA Shelving units with 3 BESTA HOLMBO Doors

Description: First off, I mounted the flat panel screen and ran wires through wall. BESTA shelving units rested temporarily on standard 1 gallon paint cans (which are the PERFECT height for any floating cabinet in my book).

After wiring both the TV and surround sound bar, both of the BESTA units were attached together and then to the wall with brackets and 4 inch lag bolts into the studs. 8 total brackets/bolts were used for solid support. The provided IKEA plastic hangers were quite handy for hanging the units level while they were permanently attached.

BESTA Floating Media Cabinet With Flat Panel TV
BESTA Floating Media Cabinet With Flat Panel TV
BESTA Floating Media Cabinet With Flat Panel TV
BESTA Floating Media Cabinet With Flat Panel TV

I chose the high gloss brown BESTA HOLMBO doors with the middle door having the center tinted glass option–which is just tall enough for the remote sensor to control the cable box and DVD player.

Many visitors have commented on the build asking me what company I commissioned to install the cabinet! IKEA has done it again!

~ Scott, Palm Springs, CA

More hacks on

Elegant shades

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".

14 Responses to BESTA Floating Media Cabinet With Flat Panel TV

  1. Muna A says:

    Since all the cabinets have closing doors on them, how do you manage to keep the electronics in the cabinets cool?

  2. Anonymous says:

    I want to do exactly what you did but do not have an ikea store near me. Can you tell me what cabinets you have and the color of the doors please?

  3. Schobinist says:

    I love this work. I will do it too. Yeah!

  4. Anonymous says:

    great job and write up as well. Can you please provide a link to the cabinets used for this? Got a little confused about the doors and the rest of the units.

    Did you purchase the doors separately. It seems you have answered in a post prior, but still confused. Links would be appreciated :)


  5. Creator says:

    Thanks for the positive replies:-) The bottom of the unit is just under 8 inches (20cm) off the floor. I insulated a proper main power wire away from signal cables in the wall.

    As for the $$$s–The total unit itself was $180 with the doors. There are 2 Besta units attached to make it a 3 door. The 2 door cabinet is around $80 on it’s own I cannot believe IKEA sells the doors for $20 a piece! The finish is comparable to doors costing over $200 a piece.

    As for the suspension rail, I wasn’t really pleased with the design of it. As for “hacks” like this one, I used left over brackets I had from another project. I love using leftovers for projects. Every lag bolt is directly mounted to studs. It has increased strength from the corner mount as well.

  6. social media says:

    This is such an elegant style. However it also looks expensive. Does this cost much? I have a small flat I am planning on redecorating it. I am currently seeking for inspirations on how I would style it. I would love to apply IKEA’s ideas but I at dead end with my finances I guess.

  7. Anonymous says:

    You know, there is a standard Besta accessory (suspension rail) that is made just for properly hanging frames on the wall, no need for so called “hacks” like this.

  8. Very Cool. FYI putting standard electric cables behind the wall is Dangerous.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I like the idea, but we don’t have Galon paint cans in Germany. :) Could you (or someone) messure the hight?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Are you sure you aren’t squatting in a foreclosure? That place looks immaculate!

    One question though: what’s the best way to route the cables through the wall? Did you use any wall plates?

    P.S. Loved the paint can rule.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Ooooh, I have these in England, nice twist, might try this!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Back to Top ↑