Published on April 24th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


BESTA media unit with textile front

Materials: BESTA TV unit, INREDA Flip down fixture, AINA fabric, 32x120cm 16mm MDF, 4.2x16mm wood screws

Description: Since IKEA didn’t have a door for the BESTA TV bench that met my requirements, I decided to make one myself. It had to be able to let air through to provide ventilation for my home cinema system, so I opted for a textile front. This also let me use remote controls with the door closed.


1. Drill holes in each corner of the MDF plate and use a jigsaw to cut the large holes. You have to leave at least 5cm edges where you are going to attach the flip down fixtures. 6cm would probably be a smart idea.
2. Either use glue or staples to fasten the textile to the frame. I used contact glue. Apply the glue to both surfaces, wait 15 minutes until dry before pressing the surfaces together.
3. Use clamps to provide sufficient pressure
4. Attach the fixture to the TV bench with the supplied screws and to the front with 4.2x16mm wood screws.

~ Are, Oslo, Norway

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3 Responses to BESTA media unit with textile front

  1. Anonymous21345763 says:

    Great! Thank you.

    I used the basic idea for the MDF-16mm-frame and the INREDA Flip down fixtures to make 3 Besta-elements in line.
    120cm-60cm-120cm. (so a total width of 3m)
    Worked out great and looks great. I used the exact same frame style (5cm borders, not 6cm!, because this would already intefer with some infrared devices) and painted the frame with white acrylic paint before using colored acoustic speaker cloth which i fixed with self-adhesive velcro so it can be changed easily.

    Thanks again!

  2. John Pilot says:

    Where’d you get your speaker stands?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Great idea and great looks. Only concern I would have is that after some time the area in the fabric where the air circulates through will gather dust and get darker than the rest – but if that happens yould simply replace the fabric.
    Sadly my girlfriend wouldn’t allow such a grey/dark setup…

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