Published on October 12th, 2013 | by jlprittenhouse14
Ikea Hack – Besta Storage Cabinet/Hidden Cat Litter Boxes
Description: We have five cats, so we ideally need 6 litter boxes in the house to avoid ‘issues’. 4 boxes in our laundry room in the basement, but we needed 2 in the living room because one of our cats gets excited around feeding time and this causes her to have to ‘go’ ASAP. So here we are Ikea-hacking to accommodate 9lb of adorable cat awesomeness, as well as the rest of ‘the horde’ who are now spoiled with a more convenient litter box location.
We made modifications to Ikea hacks we found here and other sites on the Interwebs. I list prices, brands and places of purchase at the end btw.
We used 1 Besta storage combination with doors so it doubles as a bench for extra seating. The Besta is the perfect bench height – Width: 47 1/4 “, Depth: 15 3/4 “, Height: 18 7/8 “.
The Iris Litter Box with Shield fits PERFECTLY inside the Besta – 18.9 x 15 x 11.7 inches. I even put those small, clear, rubber ‘feet’ stickers (Magic Sliders) on the bottom corners of each litter box so they wouldn’t slide around if a cat jumped in, and the boxes still fit fine.
Unlike other Ikeahackers, we didn’t use pre-made pet doors to finish the entrance holes. We just cut the holes and finished them with ¼” trim, – WAY cheaper at a $12 for 3 pieces of trim vs. $60+ for two pet doors.
We caulked around ALL the seams of the Besta and the trim as an extra precaution against any possible leakage. Better safe than sorry.
We also coated the inside of the cabinet with Rustoleum NeverWet Liquid Repellant. It’s a new product getting great reviews. It claims to make just about EVERYTHING water repellant. We figured why not try it – if anything needs to repel liquids, it is something that might get cat pee on it. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes with this product.
Note: we found the NeverWet scrapes off the Besta if you pick at it due to the material of the cabinet (we should have foreseen that as avid Ikea-ers). You might want to sand inside the cabinet and see if that helps. Just a suggestion.
We left the center partition in the cabinet for integrity, and kitty privacy.
There is a litter box on each side, and an entrance on each side. The entrance holes line up with the litter box entrances. The holes are 11”W x 6”H.
On casters, the entrances are 11” off the ground, which is about 2” higher than the entrance to the largest, enclosed litter box with a hood we have. The cats didn’t even flinch going in and out of the cabinet.
I can attest that we have cat usage, too! That’s the real test!
We used the following materials and spent a total of $172 without pillows, $223 with:
- Ikea Besta storage combination with doors ($90) and 4 casters ($19.98)
- IRIS Litter Pan with Shield (Amazon.com $12 – we have Prime so free shipping)
- Rustoleum NeverWet Liquid Repellant ($18 Home Depot)
- 3 pieces of ¼” x 2’ x 4’ poplar trim ($12 Home Depot)
- Paint for trim (free)
- 2 Ikea Stockholm cushions ($25.98)
- 2 Ikea Malin Fransar pillows ($25.98)