Published on April 22nd, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Besta Photography Display

Materials: Besta Cabinets, Besta Glass Doors, Digital Photos, A Good Neighborhood Print Shop

Description: This is fun way to dress up Besta wall cabinets and display your photography, art, or kids’ drawings!

1. Purchase Besta wall cabinets. Any size/combo will do. In this photo:
Two 47 1/4″ x 15 3/4″ white Besta wall cabinets
One 23 5/8″ x 15 3/4″ white Besta cabinet.

2. Purchase one glass aluminum door for each section. This combo takes 5 doors.

3. Take out the white/black paperboard insert in the glass door and measure it. That is the exact size your art should be.

4. For photos, crop your digital photos to that size in a photo-editing software program. A few settings to consider: CYMK, 300dpi.

For kids’ drawings, choose a semi-thick piece of drawing paper and cut it to the dimensions above.

5. Take your photos to a good neighborhood printshop to be printed. Kids’ drawings can be laminated to look more professional, or left alone to be changed out for a new piece every so often.

6. Cut off any white border left behind by the print shop.

7. Insert photo into glass door, put white/black paperboard behind it to keep it flat.

A wonderful way to display your photography or kid’s art!

A few tips: choose photos that belong to one theme, and keep them all in color or all black and white. A common element helps unify the group.

Hope you enjoyed this!

~ Form & Function

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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".

33 Responses to Besta Photography Display

  1. Eloise says:

    Hi, I am looking for advice on how to extend the inreda wire for 1/4 of the lights. 3 are used in a 3 cabinet setup and 1 light is being used on a standalone unit about a foot sway. Having trouble connecting it to the 4 way connector that hooks up to the power supply cable.

    Any ideas how to solve this? I haven’t found any extender cables on IKEA website.


  2. JT says:

    Looks like they don’t sell those Ikea Besta Tombo doors anymore… =/ Do you think there is any other way to do this hack with their current products?

  3. EJ says:

    The Besta Tombs door open to the side. Their a pain in the ass to line them al up straight though!

  4. H says:

    Hi … Do the Besta Tombo doors flip up to open or do they open to the side? The IKEA Besta Tombo instructions only show the door opening to the side. Thanks … Great job. It inspired me to do something similar.

  5. H says:

    Hi … not sure if you’re still checking your page. Are the Besta Tombo doors hung so that they flip open up? If so, did you just screw the hinges to the top of the cabinet? The IKEA instructions only show the door opening on the side, not flipping up. Thanks … looks great.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hi! Do you use tape to keep the pictures in place?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Vraiment très beau! Bravo! Clean and stylish!

  8. Nick L says:

    This looks absolutely fantastic. Great job! I would love to do something like this the next time I get the chance create a new workspace!

  9. Anonymous says:

    What a great idea and fun space you’ve created! Bright, lively, colorful . . . makes me feel like getting some great done myself!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Lovely, really nice job and a well done finish. Love it!

  11. Thank you again. The curtains…to the right of the window is about 1 1/2 feet of wall, but to the left – the corner. I wanted to frame the sheers over the windows with two opaque panels. But with the corner there, one of the panels would be over the window, and would block some of the light coming in toward the desk. So, I decided to run the three sheers – I chose three as two weren’t full enough and four was too much – over the entire window and frame it out with the custom-made colorful curtains (fabric from Ikea). Since there was about as much space on the wall next to the desk as there is on the right side of the window, I used the Ikea curtain wire system along with two middle brackets (sold separately but also in the series) to hold the curtains. One bracket is mounted at the end of the desk and the other is at the far other end. In the corner to make the wire turn is one of the middle brackets which is attached to the wall with the window. It took some trial-and-error – and it’s a bit difficult to get straight. But in the end, it worked. It also helps fill up the gap in the wall at the end of the desk. I would have run one more wall cabinet and put one floor cabinet on that end if I had about two more inches of space.

  12. Paula says:

    Nice hack. For kids room cartoon wall stickers can be used
    instead of photographs.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Love it! Can you please describe how you managed the curved / corner curtain rod solution? Thanks!

  14. PANYL says:

    The BESTA doors with the glass fronts (used for the photo’s) are called TOMBO:

  15. Anonymous says:

    I have been thinking about this hack all week. It really is the loveliest room. Well done!

    I’ve been trying to find a way to implement something similar in my rental…. hopefully I have a lightbulb moment soon!

  16. Jaclyn says:

    this is such a simple, yet efficient way to style an office. i love it!

  17. Anonymous says:

    very inspiring! saving this for later — could be awesome in the kitchen too.

  18. What kind of down lighting are you using?

    • Hi! Both the lighting under and on top of the cabinets are Ikea’s Inreda LED spotlights. They come 4 in a package. You can link two packages together.
      For the downlights, I ran the wires into a cable conduit (to hide the cables) which sticks to the underside of the cabinets just behind the lights ($11 per 4 feet at hardware store). I painted the portion on the wall the same colour as the wall. Then I spliced the wires to extend them, and mounted the transformer on the wall with strong double-stick foam tape. The little on/off switch is also stuck to the wall just behind the desk with double-stick tape as well.
      For the uplights, I used 5 (have 3 left over), distributing them 3 on one set and 2 on the other. The cables run into more of that cable conduit behind the striped curtain, under the window, and down to the plug under the window (which I chose as it is controlled by the wall light switch).

  19. Anonymous says:

    I like it sooo much! The idea and especially the colours. Can you advise on chairs? I’m looking for something similar. Thanks!

    • Hi! Thank you! The chairs are reproductions of the mid-century Arne Jacobsen Series 7 chair (model 3117). I purchased them at Room & Board. Ikea has a few in their dining section (though without wheels) that are similar to this look. A Google search (“Arne Jacobsen Series 7 swivel chair”) will offer additional options.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Wow! Looks gorgeous!!!

    Could you please specify what models the doors with the photos are? I can’t seem to find them…

    • Hi! Thank you! The doors are called “Aluminum Doors” in the Ikea Besta Planner online. I’m not sure why, as they’re 98% glass and 2% aluminum…only the frame is aluminum. They are glass with a paperboard backing behind the glass. One side of the backing is white, and the other is black, allowing you to further customize your look. I placed the printed photos in between the glass and the paperboard, white side facing the picture so it would look brighter.

  21. Unknown says:

    Nice job !
    There is a website :
    which provides a lot of different pictures/stickers ready-to-fit different IKEA furnitures.
    You can also upload a picture a get it printed at the relevant size.

  22. Hi Berit, thank you!
    Yes, it is an Epson Artisan 725 wireless printer which I purchased at Best Buy about 6 months ago. It is normally black like they all are, but this one was made specially for Best Buy in white and was $100 less than the black one. Search online for “Epson Artisan 725 Arctic Edition” and you may find them still available. It integrates well with Photoshop, OSX Lion, and wireless home networking, and there’s even an Epson iPrint phone app for printing straight from a smartphone.

  23. Hi! Form & Function here. Thank you for the comments!

    The curtains and seats were custom-made with Ikea fabric.
    If you don’t put the cardboard backing behind the photos, you could put lighting in behind them, however, the backing helps to keep the photos flat and locked in there, like a picture frame.

    Yes, everything is Besta. The floor cabinet is the 47 1/4″ x 15 3/4″ x 25 1/4″ cabinet, with white glossy doors and the silver frame. The desk is the 70 7/8″ x 15 3/4″ desk. They may have a different (new) one out now but it was the only one at that time. It is rather narrow for a desk, but the room is also used for home exercising, so it stays out of the way and leaves enough room for aerobics. Ikea’s Besta room planner was quite helpful in deciding which units to use in the room.

  24. Berit says:


    Also: Off-topic, but what is the device on the table at far left located beneath where your magazines are hanging? Is it a white scanner/printer? I am asking because I need to replace my scanner to one which works with recent iterations of Photoshop (my older Epson no longer does), and I intensely dislike black electronic equipment.


  25. Anonymous says:

    Looks amazing! Can you tell me what the desk and floor cabinet are? Besta?

  26. Anonymous says:

    Fantastic. I liked the courtains combining with the seats too.

    Can you imagine if the photos were translucid? You could use rear lightning!


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