Published on March 20th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Papa Was a… Besta’ Stone!

BESTÅ Media Center with stone wall panel. Papa was a BESTA stone hack

I’ve been inspired by an IKEAhackers Post from Chris, who did a fantastic job on his BESTÅ-based media center.

But instead of going with the Framsta Panels, I decided to go for a realistic looking DIY cement stones wall with a couple of light spots on top, hidden in a BESTÅ Burs rack.

But let’s start with the base. I used a couple of white Besta cabinets with black doors and drilled holes in their walls, to be able to hide all those wires from the AV equipment, lighting etc.

I also installed a bright RGB LED into the Besta cabinet on the left, to light up the wines and glases stored in there.

I screwed a couple of drywalls to my existing wall in the living room, on which I glued the cement stones bought in my local hardware shop. The stones wouldn’t stick for very long when glued directly to the wallpaper, also I wanted to be able to remove the entire wall easily.

I left a little space free of stones so I could wall-mount my TV. What I forgot (and regret) to build is a little channel below the TV to hide the wires. As it’s not possible to do this after gluing the stones on the drywall, I decided to use a aluminum panel to hide the wires of the TV. I won’t forget this the next time building such wall ;)

The last thing I did, was drilling four holes for the light spots into the Besta Burs rack (I had to buy two Besta Burs racks, as they’re sold in black or white only. But I definetly wanted a white corpus with a black door). I picked some dimmable ‘Paulmann’ spots from the local hardware store which can be mounted into walls or in this case, into the rack. So everything is hidden in the rack itself… the bulbs, cables etc. The power cable to the lights is hidden within the drywall.

So that’s it… one of my best IKEA hacks so far =)

BESTÅ Media Center with stone wall panel

What IKEA materials I used to build this:
1x BESTÅ Burs rack, white
1x BESTÅ Burs rack, black
2x BESTÅ cabinets, white (120x40x38cm)
2x BESTÅ Tofta Doors, black
1x BESTÅ cabinet (60x40x64cm)
1x BESTÅ Tofta Door with black wooden and a glas-part in the middle
7x BESTÅ Legs

Non-IKEA materials:
Screws + Screw anchors
Paulmann light spots
Decorative (cement) stones
Dry adhesive for the stones

And two days of time :)

Total cost of this project was a little above 1100,- Euro …but worth every cent and hour!

See more photos of this project.

~ Jens, Stuttgart, Germany

Varde wall shelf cut down
Boring Besta to skinny, floating kitchen cabinet

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Jules Yap

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68 Responses to Papa Was a… Besta’ Stone!

  1. Steve says:

    Hi Jens,

    For a long time I wanted to thank you… So THX Jens!
    Your stone wall / Besta hack spent many month on my mind to the point it turned to a ‘fanatical’ have to reach goal…

    here’s my tribute to your work :

  2. Daniel says:

    Hallo Jens,

    ich wohne in Heilbronn und wäre sehr interessiert genau das selbe aufzubauen wie du.
    Würdest du mir bitte eine Mail schreiben damit ich mit dir darüber kommunizieren kann?



  3. Yeyzee says:

    Hi there,

    Awesome wall! Any chance the dropbox link could be fixed? Thanks for sharing!

  4. Gisella says:

    This inspired me to so much that I’m doing this in my loft/family room. I found the faux stone panels at Home Depot. Did you have any issues with ventilation and if so how did you address them? Thanks for sharing.

  5. Julian says:

    hey jens,

    looks great! can you tell me where you bought the “Drywalls” and whats the name of it?

    Want to build something like this, but cannot find some Walls.


  6. Donello says:

    Hi jens, can you please help us with the pictures? I’m planning to do the same thing, i would appreciate very much if you upload the photos somewhere
    Donello (italy)

  7. Nymi says:

    Hi Jens,
    I’m currently planning the same kind of project as you. Except I will be using natural stone on a wall panel for cable management. I would also like to see more of your project and as Jay said, your dropbox link is down. Any chance you can put the link back up or upload the pictures elsewhere?

    Thanks in advance

  8. jay says:

    Your dropbox link is down, can you please put the pictures backup?


  9. Fran Noerr says:

    Amazing! Thank you for sharing! I’m redoing our bedroom very soon looking for ideas and ran across this. WOW

  10. Anonymous says:

    Wow. What a great job you did! I was doing google searches to see pictures of stone walls, because I wanted to do something simliar to what you have done. Your photos give me great inspiration and now I’m convinced NOT to use wallpaper but go for the actual stone tiles. I wanted to add a Dimplex electric fireplace so have to see if Ikea stuff will work with it. Anyway, excellent work and thanks for sharing!


  11. dihjet says:

    Wow! What a fantastic job you did. I was just looking for stone type tiles to put on my wall to create something for my TV and a Dimplex electric fireplace. So google led me to your photos. Thanks for sharing. Lots of inspiration and a good example of the stone wall look.

    Thanks from New York City.

  12. Hello Jens,
    You’ve done a great job, very great!
    Maybe getting a new appartment soon and i am going to build this to.
    Can u tell me which Wallmount is good? Maybe Yours? I got a 60″ LG TV and wont got an bad Mount for this construction.
    Hope u can help me :)
    Greetings from Aachen Germany :)

  13. Anonymous says:

    Hello Jens,

    Really like what you’ve done. We’re inspired to do the same.

    We have a lot of questions about the stones, so could you please contact us on [email protected]

    From Denmark :)

  14. Anonymous says:

    Hi, great job! I was wondering: in the 22nd picture in your dropbox folder, you can clearly see that you cut off the top part of the drywall. How did you do that? Thanks!

  15. Anonymous says:

    While that certainly looks fantastic, I couldn’t help but cringe at the fact that you spent all of that money to get it to look good while skimping on some awful home theater in a box speaker system. Maybe I’m weird but I’d prefer home theater performance over appearance. Now go out and get an emotive pro/amp combo and a definitive technology procinema 1000. You’re welcome.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Hello Jens,

    Really like what you’ve done. Im inspired to do the same. But I have very small living room (11ft by 15ft). How big is your room. Im just afraid it would not look good on ours.


  17. Anonymous says:

    Hello Jens,

    I love the work you did and I am currently putting together many of the pieces you have in your work.

    My only question for you is when it comes to the Besta Tofta Doors. You have written you used 2 of them that are 60cm x 38cm, but I am wondering should that be 4 doors or am I seeing something wrong? Thank in advance and again great work.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Greetings Jens,

    Let me first tell you how much I appreciate sharing your great work and now much you have inspired us.

    One quick question (how much is the distance between the lower rack and the top one ) the stone space.

    and how much is the thickiness of each stone you used.


    • Jens says:


      thanks for your appreciation =)

      The distance between the top of the lower rack and the bottom of the top rack is 130cm in my case. If that’s the figure you were looking for?

      The stones vary in their thickness. I think they’re between 1cm and 3cm thick. The lenght and width vary too, just the height is always the same. This variation is good to get a natural looking result and nothing that seems to repeat after every few stones.

      Have a good time buildung your stone wall!


  19. Anonymous says:

    hi jens,thanks for write me back,u think if i paint the dour black will be the same like besta doors??i mean from besta rack.??

    • Jens says:

      Hi Kostas,

      I’m not an expert in painting such an object, but in my experience it’s hard to achieve the perfect glossy look of the painted besta burs rack.

      You would need to grind the original door to remove the old paint and to have a sticky ground for your new paint.

      Maybe this would work if you buy a spray paint can and paint your door in your desired color and then add a clear coat for the glossy look. But it’s difficult to get a perfect finish without any enclosings or drops wihtout professional equipment…


  20. Anonymous says:

    ok no problem but i have so many questions and my english is not so email is [email protected]. please if u can send me.thanks,u think that if i buy the besta burs rack in white and i paint only the door black,u think that will be the ame black??

  21. Anonymous says:

    hi jens amazing hack,have uv got any email addres so i can speak with u please???thanks costas

  22. Anonymous says:

    hi jens ,ur hack is amazing,have uv got any email adress because i want contact with u please???thanks,costas

  23. Hi Jens,

    great work! What kind of glue did you use to fix the stones to the drywalls (“Rigips”)? When I look around similar solutions on the internet, they use OSB-Boards (“Pressspaanplatten”).

    Is there any specific reason you chose drywalls?

    Best, Florian

    PS: I loved this hack so much, I have thoroughly planned the same for my living room and will go to the hardware store tomorrow :)
    PS2: I think its also better to leave little gaps in between the drywalls for cables.
    PS3: Will post pictures when done :)

    • Jens says:

      Hey Florian,

      to glue the stones I used a ready-to-use tile adhesive (Fließenkleber).

      I didn’t use the OSB boards as they’re normaly coated and the adhesive might not work as good as on drywalls. Also there is a little risk that the wood might absorb some water from the adhesive etc, so it might bend.
      Also the drywalls are cheaper and thinner :)

      Hope to see some pictures of your new wall soon!


  24. Anonymous says:

    Hi Jens,

    great work. You give me a lot of inspiration for my own stonewall project. But I also want to know, how exactly you fixed the TV at the wall. And can you please tell me where did you bought the rack for the wine bottles?

    Thanks and Grüße aus Köln

    • Jens says:

      Hi Tobi,

      the wine rack is from eBay… I had the luck to get it for just 1€ =)

      Regarding the TV… please have a look at the photographs stored in the dropbox account ( It’s a standard tv mount that you also could get from eBay. Just take care of the ‘vesa’ mount system and that your mount is able to carry the weight of your tv.

      I used some heavy screws and anchor bolts from the local hardware shop instead of the standard screws that ship with the tv mount…

      Grüße aus Stuttgart,

  25. kbrauneis says:

    Hallo aus Nurnberg! thanks for all the info! its exactly what i was looking for! couple of questions though…1) how did you attach the dry wall panels to the wall? is the TV mount attached to the wall through the dry wall? or did you cut an area in the dry wall ?


    • Jens says:

      Hallo nach Nürnberg!

      I screwed the dry wall panels to the wall. Make sure to get heavy ones that are able to carry all the weight.
      There are plenty of photographs in the dropbox that show how I actually attached the dry walls to the wall. The link is in the article above (

      The TV mount is attached to the wall through the dry wall. This should work for you as well, if you make sure to get the right screws and anchor bolts!

      Have fun =)

  26. Erez says:

    Hey Jens
    Great DIY stuff
    Can you please help me understand the things you bought out of Ikea on your pictures ?
    I think i got it wrong, but dont you have too many things listed ?

    1x Besta Burs rack, white (I dont see this one)
    1x Besta Burs rack, black ( This is the top unit (?))
    2x Besta cabinets, white (120x40x38cm) (both of the cabinets which the TV stands on)
    2x Besta Tofta Doors, black (??)
    1x Besta cabinet (60x40x64cm) (the one with the planets and the glass door)
    1x Besta Tofta Door with black wooden and a glas-part in the middle (the glass door)
    7x Besta Legs (all Cabinets legs)

    Hope you can help me understand.

    • Jens says:

      Hi Erez,

      sorry for the confusion ;)

      I got two Besta Burs racks, as I changed the cover plates/doors of them. That’s the only way to have a Besta Burs with a white body and a black front. The second one is not on the pictures as it resides in my bedroom :)

      The black Besta Tofta doors are attached to the Besta cabinets (white cabinets, black doors). Have you had a look at the dropbox archive? ( I’ve put together quite a lot pictures… those might help you to understand which parts I mixed together.

      Have fun with your Bestas… let us know how things are going! =)


    • Erez says:

      Hi Jens, thanks for the reply
      i saw the dropbox project, its awesome! (thank you !)
      I just have few more questions
      Shouldn’t there be 8 Leg Packs ?
      as for the Tofta Doors are they 60*38 ? if they are, there should be 4 doors and not 2 am I right ?
      if there are only 2 what are thier sizes ? can you link me to Ikea website ?

      I almost got everything I need for this project from Ikea
      now I am still looking for the wall stones, cant seem to find them In Tel Aviv.

    • Erez says:

      is there any way i can communicate you via Email or something ?
      if do please let me know or contact me via
      [email protected]

    • Anonymous says:

      Love this hack. For those folks in the US, Lowe’s has a similar stone veneer solution. It’s made by a company called Airstone. You can also go to their website to see better pics of the stones:

  27. Matt says:

    Hi Jens,

    awesome work you did there! I was thinking about doing something similar a while back (that is, put my TV on the wall and have the wall decorated with exactly those kinds of stone). So you’d be doing me a HUGE favor if you could tell me where exactly you found those stones(i.e. what is your “local hardware shop”), since I wasn’t able to find anything like that. I live in Hamburg btw.

    Any help is greatly appreciated!

  28. Kyle says:

    Can you link to the white Besta cabinets? I can’t seem to find ones on the Ikea site that match those dimensions

  29. rbaterin says:

    This looks like an awesome showroom look! I’m inspired!

    Thanks for sharing this Jens

  30. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for your reply Jens.
    Once again, great work.

  31. Jens says:

    Hi… I just had to cut the stones on the very right side to have a clean finish.
    I used a simple saw (actually I used one that is designed to cut metal) as the stones are made of concrete. I don’t know if that’s the most correct translation, but it’s almost the same stuff the doctor uses when you break one of your bones ;)
    Cheers – Jens

  32. Anonymous says:

    Great work, beautiful set up. Just one questions about the stones. I imagine you had to cut a few to fit them correctly on the drywall. Was it difficult and what did you use to cut them to size?

  33. Anonymous says:

    This looks great but I don’t get the hack part especially with the Ikea elements. The Besta units are being used and assembled they way they were intended save for a few holes

    I’m seeing a Billy-Benno library 2.0 here, great DIY project but a hack, not so much

  34. I am so doing this one day! Very nice :)

  35. Anonymous says:

    This looks great, and I had no idea there even existed such a thing as artificial stacked rock. Nice. What type of feel/weight does it have? Like, flimsy or solid…? Plastic-ish? I can’t even imagine it.

    • Jens says:

      well, the stones feel like stones ;) they’re made of cement/plaster and not of plastic. The total weight of the wall is around 250KG, so that’s why I used quite a lot heavy duty screws to fix it on the wall ;)

      Cheers – Jens

  36. Anonymous says:

    Hack of the year candidate for sure! Absolutely stunning.

    Great idea on the drywall too for all us renters out there

  37. Anonymous says:

    how much did this end up costing you for the decorative stone? I really like this look

  38. tinaschatline says:

    Omg! Love this! Looks awesome.

  39. metai says:

    Very nicely done. The only thing that bugs me is that you didn’t use the drywall in the back to create a cable duct. It would have been even sweeter with a free floating screen.

  40. Pacific NW Blogfan says:

    Great job. Looks like a pro did it.

  41. Jens says:

    Thanks for the comments =)
    I added a couple of photos to my dropbox, if you want to see some more pictures from the “making of”


  42. that’s really really fantastic!!! luv it!

  43. SAP Training says:

    Content is King. Keep up the good work.

  44. Anonymous says:

    Don Draper approves.

  45. Sing says:

    Wow this is amazing, very professional finished look.

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