Published on March 19th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


The BEST(A) LEGO shelves

Materials: Besta shelves & doors, wooden coasters, DIODER, spray paint

Description: On Christmas I was brainstorming with my mother on her workspace makeover, I finally got the idea how to design some more shelves next to my Mandal LEGO storage. I noticed that BESTA doors could transform into giant LEGO plates.

So I started working on it, bought the shelves, doors and some wooden coasters, spraypainted everything in different colours and … was already done. Since there is no 3×3 plate from LEGO, I thought that I could turn the giant square door into a LEGO logo, and I did.

You can see the whole process on the link to snapguide below. Took me … well from Christmas until today (but I only worked in the evenings…)

By leaving a little space between the shelves I was able to put in some display areas which I lit up using DIODER lights. It turned out to be a great piece, everyone who enters the room suddenly turns to the shelves and smiles.

For everyone who’d like to build something like it on his own, have a look at the detailed steps I documented in the snapguide:

Check out How to Build LEGO-themed Shelves With Display Areas by Martin Storbeck on Snapguide.

Happy IKEAhacking!

~ Martin Storbeck, Böblingen

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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".

17 Responses to The BEST(A) LEGO shelves

  1. We are actually putting this into production now! Have a look at our Kickstarter campaign to get all the details!

  2. john says:

    Just came across this, can you supple me with the ikea shelve item number as I can’t find it

  3. Leo says:

    Can you tell me the size of the wooden coasters?
    I don’t want to buy them too small or too big

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  5. Anonymous says:

    I just have to say WOW!!! My son will be 18 in June but he just asked me the other day if it was “wrong” to be so ready to buy more LEGO sets. I laughed and told him no, it wasn’t wrong. I can’t wait to see his reaction to this. We have been building with LEGO sets since before he was two. Thanks for sharing this!!

    Mary, Texas

  6. Anonymous says:

    Wow! Awesome <3
    I think I must think something similar to my own LEGO room.
    (Btw, since 2012 there exists nowadays 3 x 3 plates, though not in so many colors. But at least in gray.) :)

    Ville, Finland

    • Hey Ville, do it, think about it! Thanks for the info on 3×3 plates, maybe I have even used some but never noticed. I guess the big LEGO logo does the job much better than a giant grey door ;)

  7. Magnesium says:

    Very nice job! I saw something similar :
    but I prefer your shelves and your snapguide is just perfect!
    Thanks for sharing.

  8. ruco says:

    Nice idea!

  9. Laurel says:

    Awesome creativity, and I don’t have kids. But I love this.

  10. Anonymous says:

    awesome love it!!!! maybe I’ll get enough courage to start this project!!!

  11. Anonymous says:

    This is incredible! I am inspired to try this in my son’s room.

  12. Wanda says:

    IMPRESSIVE!!!! How creative! I wish I had seen this when my son was a lot younger. He would have loved it. Looks great, thanks for sharing.

  13. My little boy is standing right next to me and is in awe. As you predicted in the snapguide: now we have to build one, too, ;-) .

    Good job.

    So long,

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