IKEA Hack: Floating Besta media center and desk with wood accented doors
Wow, I have been lazy on posting lately. I’ve been sidetracked by one of my many other hobbies (photography). I’m still very slowly working on transforming our living room into a space we not only love but that functions better for our whole family.
I’m not exactly sure how I decided I wanted a floating media center but once the idea seed sprouted I couldn’t let it go. After, a lot of frustration our floating media center/desk is here!
Our original plan when we bought our new furniture was to put the desk on the other side of the room. We could never get it to look right though so it ended up beside the tv stand. Two wooden pieces of furniture beside each other just don’t look good so something had to be done.
My criteria for the new media piece included it be floating (not sure why), have a desk area and closed storage and look like my inspiration piece.
Not too much to ask right? After a trip to IKEA I came home with some Besta cabinets, suspension rails, and plain doors. Then it sat in the basement for over a year and a half. I’m not kidding at all. It took that long for me to get started. At some point my brother and I did put them together but then the completed cabinets sat in the basement. So here we are a year and a half later and the media center/desk is complete….almost.
First I hung 2 single Besta cabinets and one double using the Ikea suspension rail. I left space between two of them where I wanted our desk to be. Getting them level was a bit of a pain but not too bad. The next part was when I started regretting making the thing floating. I had to cut holes EVERYWHERE to fit in all the media components and wires. I thought about the tv and power wires but not the surround sound, phone lines, etc. Why do we need surround sound anyway with those ugly speakers! Working my way through routing and hiding the cables took forever and made me very grumpy about the entire project. I did finally figure it all out though and was able to move on to the next step. Making a long table top. I did this by attaching 2 edge glued panels together and staining them with Minwax ebony stain. I’m not good with poly and there were some runs but overall it turned out pretty decently.
I ran a few screw up through the cabinet to secure it. Then we had to make a hole in the countertop to run the computer wires. Halfway through all the hole making I did buy a hole cutter and that made the job 1000% easier and prettier.
Next came the doors. I wanted to add interest to the plain doors but keep with the wood tone. I absolutely love the look of the inspiration piece but I’m sure it was WAY WAY out of my price range and not the right dimensions. So I decided to use pre glued wood edge banding to create a diamond pattern.
I of course thought this wouldn’t be that hard but of course, like always, it wasn’t as easy as I had planned. Measuring out and placing the first diamond was the worst. My first diamond was the one that touches all 4 sides since it was the easiest to measure. Things sped up once I figured out that the section under the overlap didn’t need to be cut perfectly since it is covered up. After I got the first diamond in place I just eyeballed the rest and didn’t measure. After the doors were finished I stained them with Minwax Red Chesnut and hung them. I’m thinking about adding another coat of stain to darken them up a little more.
Greg didn’t want a door over his media equipment which at first disappointed me but is actually for the best.
The media equipment doesn’t get too hot and I don’t need to make another door! My next step is to make floor puffs to store under it for extra seating (and hide the direct tv wire).
I like how it fills the whole wall but is lower so doesn’t seem too big. The wall actually looks longer now.
Our desk is working out well and my Rub n Restore Leather chair looks great with the diamond pattern.
So what do you think? Floating media center or legs? For future I will go with legs.