15 Ikea Besta Hacks

The best thing about Ikea furniture is that it often gives you a basic structure for something much more ambitious. The Ikea Besta cabinet is a great example and these Ikea Besta hacks will show you exactly what is possible with a bit of creativity.

The Besta cabinet is pure simplicity, it is a sleek white box that actually looks great as it is. However, with a few little additions you can create something stunning.

Let’s have a look at the best Ikea Besta hacks we could find!


Funky Tiled Sideboard hack

This is such a great Ikea Besta hack to start with from Swatts and Co. They have created a retro look with this hexagon tiled sideboard.

It seems quite extreme to tile a piece of furniture, but the results speak fir themselves.

We love the funky legs they added to the bottom!

Ornate Black and Gold Sideboard

What a stunning way to hack the Besta cabinet!

This hack makes use of amazing gold overlay panels from O’verlays that are simply stuck to the front of the Besta doors.

The gorgeous black and gold legs from Pretty Pegs transform the Besta cabinet into a sideboard by raising it up. They are such an elegant addition.

Stylish Ornate White Sideboard

Another great Besta hack from O’verlays. This one using a white theme all over apart from some beautifully shaped gold handles.

So easy to achieve with the Besta cabinet as a base and the stick-on panels.

Textile Lined Doors

Another company that make custom fronts for the Besta cabinets is Fronteriors. Here they have created a tall cabinet with their textile lined doors that fit the Besta perfectly.

The metal framed base gives the whole thing a bit more height and elegance.

This totally looks like it cost thousands!

Diamond Relief Pattern Doors

This Besta hack from Ikeahackers is true ingenuity in action! They have taken inspiration from a piece of furniture they love and recreated it cheaply using the Ikea besta unit.

They have used plastic wall panels to create a raised diamond effect on the front of the doors which looks amazing!

Mid Century Drinks Cabinet

We love a good drinks related Ikea hack and his drinks cabinet from The Vintage Rug Shop does not disappoint!

They have used the Ikea Besta cabinet to create a small sideboard to house their drinking paraphernalia.

They added some tapered mid-century legs and some gorgeous gold contact paper to the back of the cupboards.

Monochrome Side Table

Monochrome works in almost any situation and this gorgeous side table from Pretty Pegs is a great example.

The black stripes across the Besta door are a great way to add some drama to the cabinet and the silver legs raise it up to a good height for a side table.

Stylish Wood and Marble Sideboard

You don’t need legs to make the Ikea Besta look good. It can be attached to the wall with the provided brackets and this amazing Ikea Besta hack from The Posh Home does just that to great effect.

They have used a wood effect Besta unit and added a white marble top for an elegant finish. The brass knobs are a gorgeous finishing touch.

Mid Century Modern Besta Hack

Mid century modern style is very popular right now and the Besta is a great piece of furniture to help you create something in this style yourself.

This clever hack from Alex Mcclain on Apartment Therapy wraps the Besta unit in plywood and then raises it up o some tapered, angled legs.

Wood grain and white are the perfect combination for the mid century modern look.

Green Mid Century Sideboard

Sticking with the mid-century theme, this stunning sideboard with O’verlay panels from Flow Redesigned really stands out.

The transformation of the Besta cabinet is immense and we love the ring pull handles in the middle of the panels.

Wood Top Nursery Hack

This is such a simple way to upgrade the Ikea Besta wall unit. The Animal Print Shop have added a wooden top to the Besta wall unit to create the perfect changing table with built in storage.

The elephant print above it is just brilliant too!

Colourful Besta Units

What better way to treat a load of blank white surfaces than to paint them all different colours!

This fantastic Ikea Besta hack from Sugar and Cloth is all about the colour, and lots of it!

Colour blocking is a great technique to add a touch of drama to a space.

Built-In Storage Shelves

We love this hack featured on My Domaine. They have arranged the Besta units to alternate in an offfset pattern and then filled the spaces that are left with some open wooden shelving.

The overall effect is stunning and works really well in any modern setting.

The striped effect at the back of the shelving adds an element of texture.

Grasscloth Wallpaper Makeover

There are loads of great companies offering decals for various types of Ikea furniture and this grasscloth wallpaper, used by Cuckoo For Design in their Besta hack, is one of the best we’ve seen.

They have covered the whole unit in it and added a border around the edge for contrast. The circular gold Chinese style face plate for the handles looks amazing!

Wood Topped Credenza

Another example of the wood topped style to the Besta unit, this time from Sugar and Cloth.

We love this look so much we had to include another version of it. And they always do a great job of styling at Sugar and Cloth!


We are big fans of the Besta because we think it is the easiest of all Ikea furniture to turn into something designer. The lines are so sleek and it’s great that you can hang it on a wall to create a floating effect.

If you are planning to have a sideboard in your home that looks stunning, consider one of these Ikea Besta hacks to give you inspiration!