Published on March 12th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


Besta Framsta Railing

Materials: 4 120cm x 38cm besta frames, 8 framsta panels, 16 glass panels fills, 4 dioder light set , Besta Tofta doors, 2×4′s, 2×1′s, Shims, Screws, strong friend

Description: Original tv unit sat against an ugly home handy man railing in our 3rd floor (attic) tv room. We had hung curtains behind the unit to hire the many wires and railing. We decided to change the single Besta tv stand into a larger one and clean up all the wires. Visiting Ikea we noticed that the Framsta units could have glass on both sides. After days of measuring and pondering how to fill the space floor to ceiling and have cabinets on top of the Framsta units without a wall. The total height of the units and Framsta unit that where chosen left a 6-8 inch gap (the ceiling slopes) to fill with lumber and make use of Ikea legs.

Placed 1- 1×4 and 2 – 2×4′s along the floor for the back of the bottom units and used Ikea legs for the front. Screwed through the floor of the boxes into the lumber at the back, as a railing it is important that the bottom units not move, and I wanted the stairway side to be solid.

We then placed the upper cabinets on top of the lower units and put the Framsta units (without glass) on top. This allow us to measure the differences between the top of the units and the ceiling. Using 2×4′s 1×4′s, many shims and 4″ screws, we created a level surface to screw the cabinets up onto the ceiling. We kept all the lumber in the centre of the cabinet so it would not easily been seen.

Using the Framsta units as support we slid the cabinets up and using 3″ screws attached them through the top of the units into the lumber on the ceiling, we also had a wall at one end that we could screw to. We had to work left to right finalizing the finishing of the Framsta units.

Drilled and screwed the Framsta at the top and bottom into the upper and lower cabinets. Fortunately you can slide the glass into the ends of the units as we had to work with the four panels assembled. One of the panels was a bit tight and a piece of the glass exploded sending glass throughout the room, stairs and the bedrooms below.

What I learned, Read directions, then throw them out.
I believe the designers at Ikea had something like this in mind when they designed the Framsta panel, of course they have to only sell it with the simplest and easiest of instructions.

The first photo is the normal Besta, Framsta shot, the second is the back, the light is a nice touch for the stairway.

Hope some of this makes sense,

~ John, Toronto, Canada

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10 Responses to Besta Framsta Railing

  1. Jim Bauer says:

    Hey I am looking for 3 framsta glass panels 18717, where can I find them? Ikea has discontinued carring Framsta. Help!

  2. bob L Head says:

    @ rafi – i was able to mount my soundbar to the framsta wall by taking part number 120028 putting a set screw in one end and putting a small bolt in the other opening. you can then hang the soundbar off the bolt. I also did this with our 32″ TV on the back side of the Framsta wall – so now there is a TV on both sides.

  3. Rafi says:

    How did you mount your sound bar to the Besta unit? I have a similar setup as you and recently bought a new sound bar. I want to mount it under the TV like you have, however, I’m trying to figure out what kind of brackets to get to do it. At first I was looking for spare parts from a Framsta Kit, so that I had two more of the metal brackets that rest into the grooves of the Besta unit. However, not having any luck now that Framsta is EOL’d, and no one has spare brackets haha. Any advice would be great. Cheers!

  4. tony says:

    I am in the same boat, i need framsta glass panel as i shattered one of them, now they dont sell them anymore in ikea, so i have like 3 on one and 4 on the other side, very weird…anybody know where i can buy them.

  5. Tj says:

    Hey I am looking for framesta glass panel, where can I find them?

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  7. Anonymous says:

    Love that the Framstas do double duty.
    Don’t understand at all how the Framstas hold up. :-)


    • Anonymous says:

      Yup, that’s exactly what I came here to find out. Not sure how it’s being held up at all…

    • sunshinegirl says:

      Framsta requires a base unit. This is attached to the wall with hardware that supports the entire unit. (The base is sturdier than the other panels which are pretty light weight.) The remaining “frames” attach directly to the base unit. The wall hardware make framsta to appear to be floating. Recently IKEA introduced glass panels with half-moon cutouts so wires can be hidden behind the panels. If you are going to hang a flat screen TV on the unit, you also need the framsta TV mounting hardware (pretty inexpensive, roughly $20 US) which clips into the channels on the framsta unit.

      • DocHoliday says:

        Help Me ..Help You…I have hundreds of pieces of framsta. I have white glass and clear class .I have leg ..rollers..whatever you choose to call it.Thisball came from a unit that was 9 foot tallband almost 30 long..with enough spare to build another. Looking to sell all of it at once. Maybe one of you should take it and run a store.I’ve seen people asking for it everywhere. 1-480-261-5519

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