From KALLAX to PAX, the wonderful world of IKEA tips is endless. This week, our latest makeover crush takes us to Dubai, where a designer has transformed her BESTA unit into a trendy, on-trend piece. And the best part? You can recreate this exact look on your own flatpack.
Kathryn Hawkes, the individual behind BESTA’s elegant sister is the founder of Borders, a UAE-based design label that produces and sells the woven front, so you can transform your unit in exactly the same way. But what is the design process? Kathryn reveals what you need to know.
IKEA BESTA before
” The IKEA BESTA frame [is] the simplest and most elegant IKEA hack, ”says the designer. “You just have to buy the Fronteriors components (doors, sides and top) and add them to the IKEA frame. “
The instructions explain that next to the device you will need a Phillips screwdriver (manual or electric) and a 4mm drill if you choose to add buttons. BESTA hinges and screws correspond to the conventional IKEA installation guide.
Armed with the cabinet, Kathryn begins by placing the cabinet face down on the floor, before lining up the side panels, one at a time. The top, back, and bottom edges should line up with the original frame.
IKEA BESTA after
Kathryn then suggests screwing in the 30mm screws from the inside, using the ready made shelf holes in the frame as a guide. It is important not to leave any space between the frame and the panel – so make sure that the screws hold the panel firmly. You should also use two screws on the top and two on the bottom.
You need to do the same for the top and make sure the woven panel lines up with the back. Next, Kathryn suggests using the pre-made holes to fit the top panel with a drill and repeating the procedure until all the holes are complete.
Once all the panels are complete, Kathryn returns the unit to the upright position and applies the declaration doors, using the pre-drilled holes. Here you need to use your screwdriver to make sure the screws are in place at all times.
You should then set your doors in the correct position and only play with the hinges after adding the top.
To complete the unit, you can add any accessories you want – whether it’s a bespoke doorknob or a vase to top off the unit. Whatever you choose, this IKEA BESTA is the interior design idea your house needs.