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Published on February 4th, 2014 | by Stefania


Another Besta cat litter under the stairs



  • besta shelf unit 60x40x38 cm
  • besta shelf unit 60x40x64 cm
  • 2 doors
  • 1 sheet of coroplast or polionda

Description: I was inspired by other posts about cat litters so I decided to hack one for my living room.

These are two besta cabinets, both 60cm width and 40 cm deep; but one is 40cm high and the other one is 60cm so I could put it under the stairs.
I just cut three holes in the sides of the cabinets as shown below.


entry view:


Inside I put a little carpet in the first cabinet to keep the sand inside and avoid it to go everywhere.

In the second “room” I built the litter box with a coroplast  sheet. I made it the same dimensions as the interior of cabinet.


Below the scheme to cut and fold the coroplast sheet

After you cut and fold it, just use a stapler o a strong glue to keep together.


I put inside an automatic light so, when they come in, the light turns on.

They love their litter very much and sometimes they even sleep in the first cabinet!



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12 Responses to Another Besta cat litter under the stairs

  1. Marianne says:

    But what is the ribbed “matt” outside the litterbox – is it an IKEA thing too?

  2. stefiza says:

    No, i bought it from
    You can find it on google by typing “soft touch track mat”

  3. tjbron says:

    Good idea to put a light inside!
    What is the container on top with cat food in it?

  4. Rob says:

    Hi, I have a Besta litter box cabinet as well. One question I had was what did you use to fill in the gaps after you cut the hole? The Besta has an empty space between the two panels.

  5. Suzanne Melton says:

    I assume the shelf units are particle board. Did you drill holes in the four corners and then use a saw? I’ve been thinking of cutting into a shelf but Ikea says it’s not “possible” to do a clean job with particle board.

    Also, the inside edges of the openings look really nice. Did you prime and paint or find something to glue onto the cut surface?

    Great job!

    • stefiza says:

      I just drilled one hole and, from that, I cut with a hacksaw making a circle. After I finished the corners.
      I didn’t paint, I used a pre-glued melaminic strip.
      Thank’s :)

  6. Jameel says:

    Can you provide more information about the light please? I really love this idea!

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