Coffee & Side Tables finished

Published on October 23rd, 2013 | by borgi


BESTA Coffee table

My girlfriend and I decided, that we needed a nice coffee table, but none of the usual suited our needs. It should be a table not everybody has in his living room, and we wanted to store some annoying stuff inside, for example different remotes, a serving tray and some other stuff. And Lack was nice for 3 month after moving in our new flat, but is not any more what we liked. See for yourself, isn’t it a mess?


And here is what you need to build a nice BESTA Coffeetable

Buy from IKEA

  • 1 BESTA TOFTA Drawer front high gloss gray(801.784.76)
  • 2 BESTA TOFTA Doors high gloss gray (501.784.73)
  • 2 BESTA (201.340.51)
  • 1 BESTA Door Opener (301.495.56)
  • 1 RILL Rolls (966.713.00)
  • 1 LINNMON Tableplate (402.402.39)


  • 4 BESTA Nupsis (German fanciful word for “Regalbretthalter”) from another BESTA Project
  • 8 long screws for assembling the BESTAs on LINMON
  • 16 short screws to assemble the RILLs on LINMON


  • Small wood-drill
  • Screwdriver
  • folding meter stick
  • vacuum cleaner (leave this, if you like it when your girlfriend or wife is angry with you)

Now lets start assembling things. I started with the two BESTA Cabinets, no photos, I think everybody is able to do this. Once they are finished, I put them on the LINMON tableplate with the BESTA Drawer front in between to have the proper distance later on. Be sure to place them centered and then fixed them with the long screws.

assembled Bestas

Now the real annoying part starts: you have to mill 4 notches into the back of the drawer front, where the Nupsis get in. This produced a lot of dust and was really hard without the right tools, but take your time for every notch and you’ll be happy with the result.


10 Minutes later


The trickiest part is now waiting for us, drill 4 holes for the Nupsis to hold the drawer front. Measure really careful, and after you are finished, do it again, otherwise the board will not fit right into the middle of the table. After a while you end up with this


Now just, assemble the rolls to the bottom of the LINMON and you are almost ready.

RILL assembled

After you have done that, only standard is left, assemble the two doors and the door openers, clean up the floor, or leave it if you like to argue.

last steps

Last thing, remove the protection film, and you are ready.


Now you have a beautiful new table, you can move it around easily and you have some room for remotes and other stuff (Fanciful german: “Krempel”).

My girlfriend loves this new table and made sure I vacuumed the living room afterwards ;)

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9 Responses to BESTA Coffee table

  1. Wolf says:

    As I promised, I will post the result of yesterdays table building experiment without milling notches into the drawer. I think it was quite a success and works quite well – see the pictures.

    Another thing is, that I have some fears concerning the table surface and its capacity to withstand stresses. Both the white and the grey surface seem to be quite vulnerable to scratches, especially when there are small kids around. Maybe I should cover the table with a glass top.

    • borgi says:

      looks great, I share your fear about the surface, I think it is nothing for small kids around. A glass top or a clear plastic cover would do a good job I think. On the other hand is it not that hard to change the drawer plate. I think the surface of the cabins is a bit harder. We have no scratches so far. When replacing the drawer plate, I think I will take your improvement, drilling holes, but until that day it works well for me.

  2. Wolf says:

    Thanks for your inspiration! Today I will try to build my own table. My idea is to NOT mill 4 notches into the back of the drawer, but just to drill holes on both sides and to telescope the parts and the Nupsies before fixing the second BESTA on the LINNMON. If I’m successful, I will post a feedback.

  3. borgi says:

    Das freut mich, dass ich eine Inspiration liefern konnte. Gibt es davon auch Bilder zu bestaunen?

  4. Robin Limpek says:

    Hey, danke für die Tolle idee ich hab den tisch quasi 1:1 nachgebaut nur in der neuen Ikea Farbe Grautürkis, sieht echt toll aus, jeder fragt mich wo man ihn kaufen kann und man kann sehr viel verschwinden lassen :)


  5. L says:

    Nice project. I like the couch as well, where did it come from?

  6. P. M. says:

    Really nice, I like the simplicity of that solution. This is the best coffetable in the sike.

    Thanks for share that

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