Okay, last step in how I built all our totally useful entry storage: grab an Ikea Besta unit and build it in so it looks custom and awesome.
Built-ins just look better. It’s a fact. And not just Bestas. Most other bookcases, bookshelves, storage units, etc. look better built-in, too. Why have your house look like an Ikea outlet store when you can use your Ikea stuff and hack it to be totally custom and built-in to your needs?
Here’s how this goes down.
Step 1: Buy and build your Besta.
Ikea has pages and pages of Besta options, but I went for simple white. Go with what works for you.
Step 2: Nail that sucker to the wall.
I used a piece of 1×2 primed pine to fill in a gap between my wall and Besta I already had my baseboards and quarter round in place, so instead of cutting those, I cut my 1×2 to fit over the space. I used glue and a nail gun – my two favorite ways to really make something stick. Attach your Besta so there is no hope of it ever looking anything other than built-in.
Step 3: Customize it.
I added four things to customize my Besta: 1) lattice trim to the side; 2) crown molding; 3) quarter round; and 4) a handle.
Be sure to caulk and then paint all your trim pieces to match your Besta. I tested out the Behr Swiss Coffee paint I had on hand and it matched really well.
Dude, that’s it. There’s not even a Step Four for this. Just three steps to a totally customized and built-in Besta.
So, have you done this with a Besta or another Ikea unit? So many ways to make it look built-in! And the keys to any good built-in? Nail gun and glue – duh.
Happy weekend friends! I’ll be solo-parenting it (M is off on a well-deserved golf getaway with a bunch of dudes) but I still have a few projects I hope to finish up to share next week…