Ikea Besta hack with Vienna braid – a built-in wardrobe or sideboard made easy to use

Ikea Besta hack with Vienna braid - built-in cabinet or sideboard made easy
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For these Ikea Besta hacks with Viennese braid, you don’t have to be particularly skilled at crafts, and you don’t need a lot of tools. A stapler and cordless drill are enough to “build” your own individual piece of furniture from a boring Besta frame, which also looks really high quality.

I actually used these instructions in a slightly modified form for the wall of our hall closet under the stairs. In this article I will show you how I built a built-in cabinet for my office, including a heating pad, based on the Ikea Besta series. Of course, you can also use the trick to build your own piece of TV furniture or sideboard.

My personal Ikea Besta hack using Vienna braid

We have a lot of sloping ceilings in our apartment, and classic ready-made furniture often does not fit in size. Creating storage space is not that easy. Especially in the office, you need plenty of storage space for folders and so on. However, I don’t have a single normal-height wall in my studio that I could put a shelf or high board on, for example.

The wall for which the Besta Hack built-in wardrobe is built is only 60cm high before the sloping roof begins. There is also a heater on the wall. And so I came up with the idea of ​​using my cabinet frame to cover the heating system and also to create classic office storage space.

In total, my cabinet is based on eight Besta carcasses: three narrow ones (20 cm deep, for the heating plate), four wider ones (40 cm deep, for storage space) and one that I spread out in the middle to add the remaining centimeters on the right and left (about 15 cm ) to cover the wall. Since there is a wooden board covering all the bodies, you can’t see that the bodies have different depths. Thanks to the Vienna wicker doors, folders, office supplies and heating are nicely concealed without restricting heating performance.

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Last but not least, in the end, I outfitted the cabinet with a built-in socket for the furniture and kitchen countertops so I could plug in a lamp and laptop next to the desk without having to run a cable across the room to the next socket. Of course, I had to use a jigsaw for this – if you wanted to build a regular sideboard and cut the wood panels for the top at a hardware store, you wouldn’t need one and could do it with standard household scissors and a hand stapler.

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But step by step:

IKEA Pista hack with Vienna braid: You need it

  • IKEA Pista body(s) of your choice
  • Ikea Ostvik display doors to fit your body(ies)
  • Besta door hinges
  • Vienna braid is made to measure (I have it here Purchased) 50cm wide, you need about 60cm per body
  • Manual stapler (an inexpensive electric stapler will make a lot of your work easier)
  • Glued wood for the cover plate made to measure from the hardware store, mine is oak (I recommend 16″ for depth)
  • Optional: door handles (not absolutely necessary if you have them Used compression fittings, this is mine
  • Optional: built-in socket

Ikea Besta hack with Vienna braid: step by step instructions

  1. Assemble Besta bodies according to instructions.
  2. Remove the glass part of the Ostvik display doors. To do this, you have to carefully pry up the narrow plastic strips on the back with a flat screwdriver. This causes the small screws holding it in place to come loose. Once all four strips are removed, you can pull out the remaining screws with pliers. Once all the screws are removed, the glass part can be easily removed.Ikea Besta hack with Vienna braid - a built-in wardrobe or sideboard made easy to use Ikea Besta hack with Vienna braid - built-in cabinet or sideboard made easy Ikea Besta hack with Vienna braid - a built-in wardrobe or sideboard made easy to use Ikea Besta hack with Vienna braid - a built-in wardrobe or sideboard made easy to use
  3. Battle of the Vienna Crop. For a standard Ostvik door, you need pieces with a size of about 50×60 cm. However, you should leave at least a 2cm margin on all sides so you can attach the braid (kind of like a seam allowance when sewing). Ikea Besta hack with Vienna braid - a built-in wardrobe or sideboard made easy to use Ikea Besta hack with Vienna braid - a built-in wardrobe or sideboard made easy to use
  4. Leave the Viennese braid pieces to soften in the water bath for about 30 minutes. This causes the material to become elastic and expand. If you use the braid when wet, it will shrink as it dries and will literally stretch into the door frame.
  5. Place the dried but damp pieces of braid directly onto the empty door frame. Then you can start stapling. Make sure you don’t place the stapler with the needles facing down, but to the side (see photo), otherwise the taking needles will stick out the front because the frame wood is very thin at this point. It is best to staple each side with two staples on the right and left. Make sure the braid is nice and straight. You can then fill in the gaps so that every centimeter of the frame eventually has a stapler.Ikea Besta hack with Vienna braid - a built-in wardrobe or sideboard made easy to use
  6. Simply trim any excess braid with scissors.
  7. Install the hinges according to the instructions, hang the door and allow the Vienna weave to dry completely.
  8. After drying, coat the edges of the braid with wood glue to keep it from coming apart.Ikea Besta hack with Vienna braid - a built-in wardrobe or sideboard made easy to use
  9. It is best to connect individual Besta bodies with a few screws. To do this, you simply use the pre-cut holes on the right and left, which you don’t need for shelves or hinges.
  10. Sand the cut cover panel(s) first with 100-grit sandpaper, then with 240-grit sandpaper and seal with wood oil. If the surface is used a lot, I will apply at least two coats of oil and give it a brief pass with fine sandpaper between each oiling.
  11. Fasten the prepared wooden panel to the Besta chassis from the inside using screws. To do this, first secure the panel firmly to the cabinets using screw clamps or have someone else help you so that the panel does not slide while you fasten it tightly. It is better to pre-drill the holes with a wood drill and only then install the screw. Especially if you are using solid oak like me as a cover board, this step is essential because otherwise you won’t be able to get the nail through the wood.
  12. Optional: Measure and mark the position of the handles and pre-drill with a suitable wood drill bit. Then tighten the handles tightly according to the instructions. Ikea Besta hack with Vienna braid - a built-in wardrobe or sideboard made easy to use
  13. Optional: Select the desired slot for the built-in jack. First, use a large drill bit to drill a hole into which you can insert the saw. Make sure the saw blade is long enough to saw through the cover plate and the top of the Besta body. Saw along the mark and install the socket according to the instructions. In order to route the jack cable behind the cabinet, you also have to saw the back wall.Ikea Besta hack with Vienna braid - a built-in wardrobe or sideboard made easy to use

Ikea Besta Hack with Vienna braid: costs and cheaper options

For a three-part Pista hack with Vienna braid (180 x 64) you should expect the following costs:

  • €75 for 3 pista carcasses
  • 105 euros for 3-door Ostvik offer
  • About 50 euros for a Vienna braid
  • €60 for a glued wood panel 2000 x 50 (plus cutting costs)
  • Total cost: 290 euros

The build, which is more than four and a half meters long, cost me just under €800 – including handles, built-in socket and oak. Considering the high quality result, I think it’s worth every penny, and compared to a professional oak built-in wardrobe of this size, it’s still very cheap.

Alternate with raffia

Of course you can also modify everything more cheaply. An alternative to Vienna braid, for example, is raffia. You can either staple it inward like a Vienna braid, or you can wrap it around the entire door. Then you can, for example, take the cheapest Lappviken door for 10 euros, saw a frame in the middle and tighten the mesh on it from the outside. But I only recommend this for the version that has a cover on the outside, as that hides the unsightly cut edge.

Variant with IKEA Ivar series

I would have preferred to hack with the Ikea Ivar series, as they are made entirely of solid wood and therefore the easiest to adapt. This didn’t work for me due to the higher chain height (80 instead of 64cm) and my low sloping roof. A similar construction of two Ivar cabinets (160×80), where you simply saw off the frame of the doors, would cost about 200 euros including braid and paint. But you definitely need a saw here.

For me personally, the Ikea Besta creation with the Viennese wickerwork, which I came up with myself, was certainly perfect for the distressed wall with heating and a sloped ceiling, and I’m happy every time I look at my custom-made piece while I’m working. Maybe no one has this in The house is like this.

Do you have any questions, comments or your own experiences about my Besta hack? Then leave it in the comments! I’m happy when we can inspire each other and exchange ideas.

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