Published on November 16th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


How to: Use BESTA casters on EFFEKTIV base

Materials: 4 BESTA casters (2 per package), EFFEKTIV base

Description: With Ikea officially halting production of casters for the Effektiv file cabinet line last year, I’ve been on the prowl for a quality looking solution — and this one will be easy-peasy!

1. Purchase 2 sets of 2 BESTA metal casters from Ikea. Item code: 401.341.87 This will run you 20 dollars. Use a small punch or other bolt to act as a driver and, with a hammer, tap out the preinstalled bolt through the bottom of each caster. This might leave a tiny nick in the wheel. The caster is now ready to accept a new bolt.

2. Run by Home Depot’s nuts and bolts section and pick up 4 of the following – bin 3379, 3275, 3109. This will consist of a long bolt, washer and a self-locking nut. Cost is about 6 dollars.

3. Empty Effektiv cabinet and gently place on side. Remove base by unlocking the 4 tightening inset bolts inside the bottom box. If you’ve yet to assemble your tower, all the the better.

4. Thread a bolt through the slightly loose washer and then through one of the 4 holes in the base. The bolt should be facing down, towards the floor side of the base. Now slide the prepared caster onto the bottom and through the bolt. A tiny space is available between the wheel caster top where you can insert and lightly tighten by hand the self-locking nut. Using a set of wrenches or needle-nose pliers, you’ll be able to lock and hold the bolt as you tighten the nut. Once tightened, repeat 3 more times.

Please note: The original feet accept a supplied bolt with a Y neck, which means the hole on the top side of the base is kind of wide. That’s what the washer is for. But keep in mind to do your best to have the caster off center and inset. This will ensure that when the file cabinet is installed on top of the base, that the boards clear the washer. You’ll see what I mean in the photos.

~ Paul Grant, Toronto, Ontario

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14 Responses to How to: Use BESTA casters on EFFEKTIV base

  1. psdillon says:

    Do they sell these casters any more? I can’t find them anywhere, and the Ikea website no longer offer any wheel accessories for the Besta system.

  2. Teresa says:

    Any ideas on what casters may work for Omar system?

  3. Fred Parczewski says:

    Hi folks, anyone have a good result in unlocking those annoying selflocking casters on the office chairs? Any ideas would be wellcome.

  4. Wendy says:

    You can also email me how I can find answers on ikea hackers. I’ve never been on before. Wendy [email protected]

  5. Wendy says:

    I’m moving from a one bedroom to a studio. I need a long wall of besta that can include 2 sides of besta units one on top of the other and in the middle I will run a desk between. I’d like the inner files to roll out when I open the door. Which besta units will work? I only want to go 2 high of files. Any besta units I stack above will be for books and other supplies. Maybe a printer. Any ideas? I’m avoiding mounting in the walls as much as possible because its a rental.

  6. Paul Grant says:

    William -

    Don’t waste your time on the Expedit casters. they’re nice looking, but not as heavy-duty as the Besta casters. Also, the besta casters are designed to go into a single bolt hole. Once installed correctly, you’ll never be able to tell they weren’t meant for the Effektiv line.

    - Paul

  7. Paul Grant says:

    Hi William.

    I modified my Effektiv units since the photos. They now look very close to this -

    That’s double the height of what I had before with no problems. Just ensure you have the large weight attached at the bottom back of the base, along with the inner back weights installed for each file cabinet box… all for stability.

    I recently moved, and my Effektiv pieces were the easiest items to move :)


  8. William says:

    Ikea website indicates besta “casters may only be mounted on shelf units that are 25 1 /8″ or lower.” Any idea if this is this just a safety precaution, or an actual loading risk? my effektiv units are 4 shelves high.

  9. Russ says:

    Could you tell us the bolt size please, I’m in the UK and don’t have Home Depot
    Thank you

  10. Paul Grant says:

    It looks like Ikea is starting to phase out the Effektiv series, which is really disappointing. The glass doors are very hard to find now, as I’m putting together a 3rd one for the cottage.

    Paul Grant

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