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Published on January 2nd, 2013 | by Jules Yap


Ikea Besta goes Pirate (and loses a leg)

Materials: Ikea Besta

Description: Those that have multiple Besta cabinets next to each other may not like two legs ‘next to each other’.

This little hack (although it’s a bit of work and you need the proper tools) is a way to get rid of that superfluous leg.

The steps:

0. Get your Ikea Besta cabinets. Attach them properly to each other (preferably 4 screws).

1. Get am aluminum plate approx 2 mm thick.

2. Drill proper holes (4x 4mm for mounting, 1x 8mm for the leg itself).

3. Route out a section of the Ikea Besta cabinets. Don’t go too deep, there’s nothing below the top cardboard layer!

4. For strength, I’ve glued a piece of paper using 2 component glue on the bottom of the routed section, and saturated the cardboard with the glue. This isn’t required though.

5. Ikea Besta cabinets are made of cardboard. You can’t use those to mount the alu plate, so I added little wooden blocks on the inside (things will be hidden from view by a door anyway).

Okay, that pesky extra leg is gone now. Your Ikea Besta just went pirate…

~ BluezNL, Netherlands

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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".

9 Responses to Ikea Besta goes Pirate (and loses a leg)

  1. icerabbit says:

    I agree it looks better with a single leg.

    I would just surface mount the metal plate to the bottom and fasten the legs through the plate to the cabinet and call it a day. No need to hack into the cabinet and compromise its already poor strength. It is one thing to route in solid wood and another to do that to cardboard veneer.

    If need be put a spacer under the corner legs to match the added thickness, if they don’t have adjustable feet.

  2. Jonas says:

    I modified a Malm bed from 160cm to 120 cm, and had the same challenge with the Masonite and cardboard when it came to mounting the sides I reused the solid wood inserts on the “new” edge. I would do the same in this situation: take the edge off the lower parts, fit solid wooden inserts inside, glue it together and then mount the legs on that – no visible mess both inside and outsde the cabinet.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Why didn’t you just mount the legs under there? I don’t understand the need to route it out first, since that weakens the structure of the cabinets.
    Other than that it does look better than 2 legs.

    • Anonymous says:

      I like the feedback, and I hope the replies will give other people (including me :-) ) good ideas and better solutions!

      The problem is that I needed to attach the leg exactly on the boundary of two adjacent cabinets. Using solid wood inserts would have been the best solution I guess, but I wanted to be able to take things apart again. I couldn’t simply mount the leg, as it’s a single nut / bolt attachment. If I didn’t have the (stupid :-) ) preference of being able to take things apart, I would have gone for solid inserts, glued in such a way that they would connect one cabinet to the next one. Way easier!

      I just realized I might still have opted for solid inserts, shortening the legs themselves before attaching them to the metal plate. Oh well.

      Just shortening the legs, and no routing at all, would have been another good option. However I have some plans involving (back)lights, and I just did not want to see anything ‘protruding’ on the bottom of the cabinet. Oh, it’s overkill for sure! :-)

    • Anonymous says:

      Mmmm. Need to rethink on the inserts… that might just have worked, and would allow some routing as well… Perhaps I’ll mod things a little further :-)

  4. Anonymous says:

    Ouch, forgot to mention: it will work just as well with some additional glue and without the wood blocks. Adding the blocks allows easy movement of the assembled unit, with less risk of breaking a modified leg. If you use a good dose of 2 component glue and move things carefully you can do without the glue.

    It’s a silly hack, but I’m going to add some backlights later, and didn’t like the looks of 2 adjacent legs.

    • Anonymous says:

      “can do without the glue” = “without the wood blocks”

      Can’t edit after posting… should zpehltsjek before hitting publish…

  5. Anonymous says:

    You’re right, those blocks are ugly! Which is why there are doors in front of them :-)

  6. Anonymous says:

    I prefer two legs to these unsightly pieces of wood

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