Besta Before+After-705909

Published on December 20th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Resizing BESTA chromed underframe to fit BESTA Shelf unit with 7 7/8" depth

Materials: BESTA chromed underframe

Description: My plans were to cover all the wall with a BESTA TV/storage combination with Besta shelf with 15 3/4 depth, but I have the fireplace at the right. So I had to use a Besta shelf with 7 7/8″ depth at the right. Obviously, I decide to use the shelf unit with the same depth on the left of combination too, near the door.

Now I had the problem of the chromed underframe at the left side. It will be ugly without that piece of metal. Therefore, I resized 2 of the metal bars (a easy cut in the middle). Unfortunately, I had no metal drills to make the hole. So, I use a no nails glue (there is a lot of brands in the market) to keep the bars together and ready to receive its adjustable feet. The appearance looks professional, I think.

For aesthetic purposes I did 2 other simple hacks. First one, because of the doors, a non standard shelf mount was executed on the big shelf unit. Second one, I used spare shelves to lift up the electronics a little. It was the easy way to do it.

Ah! Do not forget to install extra electrical extension cords. I put one near TV and the other one in the top of the combination. You never know.

I hope my hack and my design of combination could be helpful to you.

~ Paulo, Canada

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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".

5 Responses to Resizing BESTA chromed underframe to fit BESTA Shelf unit with 7 7/8" depth

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for helping me with the English, Jules. Thanks everybody.

    - The antenna is still there. When US and Canada switched to digital TV, that outdoor antenna became useless. Now I have to buy or build a small one to capture local TV stations from my living room.

    - AJ, maybe we could use high gloss gray for 5 drawers under the electronics. The high gloss white was just a conservative choice. The original project was changed so many times because of the ‘out of stock’ problem of Canadian stores… I have to thanks the IKEA staff for a special favour they did to me. By the way, did you know our IKEA prices is 31% higher than american ones?

    - Don, I will do what you saying. But I don’t use the traditional wood stove due to smoke pollution. I keep it ready to use, you know, just in case of emergency.

    Happy Holidays,

  2. Don Krypton says:

    Let’s say it with Elwood: “This is glue…strooong stuff!”. A great choice for hackers all around the world.
    All in all a fine hack and in the result a beautiful combination of the furniture – but wouldn’t it be better to put the subwoofer on the other side? Away from the oven?
    And what happened to the antenna? It looked…great there!

  3. AJ says:

    Love it. Not my style (if I was awful I’d say it’s too slick and cold for my tastes- in reality I’m too much of a grub to keep it looking the way it needs to be kept). Very nice.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Nice hack! Looks great. Is that a DB8 Multi-directional HDTV antenna on the tripod to the right of the hack?

  5. Anonymous says:

    What did you do with the antenna?

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