Hackers Help besta-boas-tv-storage-unit__0088925_PE220587_S4

Published on January 20th, 2014 | by Anna


Hackers Help: Making a tall Besta unit without wall mounting?


Hi guys, we’ve got a space that we’d like to fill using as much storage as possible which is 280cm high and 260cm wide. We need a floor based tv cabinet in it which we can sit the television on, but also we need enough nooks to put in a PS3 and tv satellite box that will be on view. So far, so easy…apart from the wall we would like to put this against is hollow with insulation inside and the home is rented, so ideally we would like to avoid mounting anything on the wall (we’re a bit nervous of missing wooden battening and making multiple holes in wall or not supporting units properly and it falling down). We are planning on using the storage for books, DVDs and video games. We would like to run the cabling through the back of the TV unit and to sockets on the adjoining wall.

We had the idea of using the combination of two 60 x 40 x 192 bestas with a Besta Boas in the middle of them supporting a 120 x 40 x 64 besta on top and only this unit affixed to the wall for extra support, but have been told by Ikea in the UK that the Boas has been discontinued and there is no stock left in any of the stores left in the UK!

Does anyone have any ideas on what units, modified or otherwise we could use to create a sleek, square unit using either besta or billy that has all junk fully hidden apart from the TV, games console and satellite receiver or alternatively a combination that is idiot-proof when it comes to wall mounting if this isn’t a possibility?

Many thanks,

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4 Responses to Hackers Help: Making a tall Besta unit without wall mounting?

  1. Teresa says:

    I started to use this until after I had it all together discovered my TV had a bottom lip which interfered opening the bottom drawers :-( . I screwed it onto a Besta 48″ cabinet. Looked great! TV outside diagonal diminish was 51″; the extra lip was extra 2″ which I hadn’t counted on. Unit should probably be attached to wall for safety.

  2. fzzzbucks says:

    Thank you both for your help guys, I really appreciate it as I’m not the most DIY savvy.

    PT: Your idea sounds like an ideal solution but I’m struggling to picture the frame that supports the 120 x 40 x 64 unit. It sounds like you mean to build the frame and attach to the inner walls of the tallest units and sit the 120 x 40 x 64 on top of it. If I’m right, is there any way I could do the U shaped unit with besta units or are they not strong enough once cut down?

    Graham, Your unit looks fantastic and is very inspirational. I’d be interested to know if you have found it more or less secure since the legs have been put on. I had already decided not to put legs on my unit as I thought it wouldn’t be as stable but it seems that I may have been wrong.

  3. I’ve built similar & been posted on here too. I dont have the unit attatched to the wall & find with TV near the back of the unit & Entertainment equipment on shelves its pretty sturdy & stable on its own. And since the blog I’ve raised it onto legs too. http://www.ikeahackers.net/2011/12/slim-besta-entertainment-unit.html

  4. PT says:


    I have the combo you were thinking of, and I’ve only attached the different shelf modules to each other. The Bestå series is actually quite sturdy itself so no need IMO to attach it to wall unless you have children, animals or something else which could try to climb on them.

    However, in your case the Boas being discontinued presents an extra challenge. How about using a 120 x 40 x 38 unit as bottom, then building a upside-down U-formed frame 120 x 40 x 90 and then attaching that to the 192 cm high shelves. Then the upper 120 x 40 x 64 would lie on that – like it would with Boas.

    The Bestå TV-board is actually 32 cm high and with that you get ready-made cable ways and extra air circulation. If you’d use that, then the frame would of course be 96 cm high.

    For additional safety you can also have the shelves lying back a little. The Bestå legs are adjustable, and if you have the front legs a little more higher than the back legs (say, 2-3 mms or so), then the shelves would lean backwards, thus minimizing the risk of fall-downs.

    Anything over 192 cm has to be secured to the wall, so if you are going to use the whole 280 cm high, you can’t avoid wall mounting.

    Hope this helps!


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