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Transform Your IKEA Besta Unit With This Super Simple Hack

Transform Your IKEA Besta Unit With This Super Simple Hack

If you’re on a budget but looking to achieve a functional design-forward masterpiece for your living room, look no further. This clever IKEA Besta hack will transform an old, plain storage unit into a dreamy Scandinavian-inspired piece of furniture. In this four-step DIY tutorial, we’ll show you how to completely change the look of your IKEA Besta storage unit in order to achieve the highly sought-after Danish style. All it takes is a few simple yet creative tweaks. Are you ready to hack your IKEA Besta with us? Then let’s get started!


Materials Required:

  • IKEA Besta unit
  • IKEA Mejarp legs
  • 5mm thick 48″x48″ plywood board
  • 1 inch x 18 gauge brad nail
  • Interior matte paint (in your favourite colour)
  • Pencil
  • Square
  • Measuring tape
  • Sandpaper (120 grit)
  • Clamps
  • Paint brush
  • Paint roller

Tools Required:

  • Jigsaw
  • Circular saw
  • Brad nailer

Step 1: Assemble the IKEA Unit

Start by following the IKEA Besta unit instructions until it’s fully put together. Flip the unit over and add the four IKEA Mejarp legs on the corners of the unit. Once this is complete, ensure your workspace is sturdy and level before moving on to the next step… the hack! Related: This DIY IKEA Hack is the Perfect Way to Upcycle Your Old TV Stand

Step 2: Let’s Hack the Front

Now it’s time to elevate the design! Measure the front of the IKEA Besta unit where the openings are located and then cut three plywood boards to the exact same size. Using a pencil, draw an organic wavy shape onto the wood and carefully cut it using your jigsaw. Sand the edges for a smoother finish using your 120 grit sandpaper and then remove all the dust.

Step 3: Install the New Wooden Shapes

Using a brad nailer and 1-inch brad nails, attach the three wavy wooden shapes to the front of the IKEA Besta unit. Ensure they are all level and be sure to make any final adjustments to the shapes if desired before you install them. Related: Simple IKEA Hack Evolves Into Booming Business for Two Forward Thinkers

Step 4: Paint the New Unit

We can now scuff sand the IKEA Besta unit with 120 grit sandpaper and then remove all of the dust with a clean cloth. Now let’s have fun by adding a pop of colour to our brand new design using our paint. For a smoother application, use a paint roller and apply at least three coats of paint. This will give it a deep, even coverage. Let it dry to touch completely before styling your new piece of furniture. How fun was this project? With a little creative juice and a few inexpensive tools, you can easily transform your old IKEA furniture into swoon-worthy design pieces. We can’t wait to share more easy IKEA hacks with you soon! Images courtesy of Maca Atencio    


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