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Published on April 10th, 2014 | by Dennis


Upgrading BESTA with Nordic-DIY-design lighting, glass panels & oak top


Materials: BESTA

The only good thing about BESTA are the glossy white doors. The sides have that typical IKEA look, which for me was a no-no. I’ve upgraded the sides with glass (think: white iphone 4 backside) and attached it with double-sided tape.

Next I had a local carpenter make an oak slab with whitewash-wax applied to it which now finishes the top.


Lastly I DIY-ed 2 light fixtures. I drilled a hole in the bottom of the hanging BESTA’s and hid all the wiring through the backsides. I placed an extra shelf in the BESTA and cut-out room for the wiring to create a ‘fake’ bottom.

The lights are made with Normann tea strainers. They match our accessories and are easily transformed into light fixtures (see pictures). I recommend to only use LED-lights because of the heat.


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2 Responses to Upgrading BESTA with Nordic-DIY-design lighting, glass panels & oak top

  1. Chris says:


    I have a question I hope you’ll answer. These appear to be the Besta that are 7 7/8 inches deep. As far as I can tell, IKEA does not sell a tall unit (~50in) in that depth. Does this mean that the three units that are at floor level are actually 6 of the more square units stacked two high using three 50 38″ doors?

    Thanks so much.

  2. Pat says:

    Great idea !
    Can you provide more details about how you attached the glass? Is double-sided tape strong enough?

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