Create a modern media console (on a budget!) with IKEA BESTA cabinets. Today I’m sharing a product list, tips for assembly, and decor styling ideas.

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Ikea Besta Modern Media Console at CaitlinMarieDesign.com | IKEA hack, minimalist home, modern traditional, brass knobs, DIY home

Welcome friends, and happy 2020! Not sure about you, but I love the fresh feeling January brings. Putting away the Christmas decor–and let’s be honest, trying to organize all of my kiddos’ new toys!–makes me crave change in our home. Check out my 2020 plans highlight on Instagram to see where we are headed in the next few months. For today, I am excited to share all about our IKEA BESTA modern media console! This post will include a guide to the parts we used, tips for building your cabinets, and simple media console styling ideas ๐Ÿ™‚ Here we go!

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Modern Media Console Inspiration

Before we begin, here are a few lovely media consoles that inspired me. In particular, a big THANK YOU to my friend Sheila for sharing her beautiful media console, and for answering all of my questions ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks girl!

ThreeTimesAHome
Image via ThreeTimesAHome. Sheila’s home is so bright and pretty!
The_CornellRanch
Image via The_CornellRanch. I love Ashley’s simple styling!

IKEA Parts Needed

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These are the parts you will need to complete this modern media console:

*You will need four 2-packs for a total of eight parts.

Total Cost

At the time we completed this project in late 2019, the total cost for all of the parts was $390.

For a price comparison, media consoles with a similar look from CB2, Pottery Barn, and West Elm are $1000, and range from 72-80 inches wide, while our IKEA BESTA media console is 94.5 inches wide. (Updated to add: our tv is 65 inches!)

For us, the IKEA option fit our budget and space perfectly. I also like that if something gets damaged–for example, a door–I can simple purchase a new part rather than having to replace the entire console. Win win!

Pickup Tips

For this project, we used IKEA’s Click and Collect service. It only costs $5, and you receive a $5 IKEA gift card at pickup. The kiddos and I stayed in the car while my husband went inside and picked up our order, which only took about 10 minutes!

Alternatively, you can create a shopping list on the IKEA website to print out (or view on your phone) for use in the store. Simply select “Add to Shopping List” when viewing an item. Then, while viewing your list you may select your local store to confirm that items are in stock and see their location in the warehouse (aisle and bin number).

Building Your Besta Units

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My encouragement here is… if I can do it, you can do it!

The BESTA directions were relatively easy to follow. My husband and I built the two frames and installed the legs in an evening. (This console is actually made of two separate cabinets. You could probably attach them if you wanted to, but we kept our separate so they are easier to move around.) The pieces are a bit heavy so having two people is ideal.*

I then attached the hinges, doors, and knobs (I used these ones) myself one afternoon while my daughter napped! Some thoughts:

  • Hinges: You must choose whether the hinges will be soft-closing or push-to-open. Since I was planning to add knobs, I selected soft-closing.
  • Doors: The trickiest part is aligning the doors so that they hang straight. I read the directions, but also used trial and error ๐Ÿ˜‰ You can also search YouTube for videos!
  • Knobs: You will need to drill holes slightly larger than the screws. The doors are easy to drill through.

*IMPORTANT NOTE: If you will be using your BESTA units as a media console like we are, you will need to cut small holes in the backing of the BESTA frames to allow wires to pass through. Of course, use caution! Think about where you will be placing your games systems, etc, and cut a hole near the top or bottom of the backing so that the cords can pass through.

Modern Media Console Styling

And now the best part–styling!

Ikea Besta Modern Media Console at CaitlinMarieDesign.com | IKEA hack, minimalist home, modern traditional, brass knobs, DIY home
Ikea Besta Modern Media Console at CaitlinMarieDesign.com | IKEA hack, minimalist home, modern traditional, brass knobs, DIY home
Ikea Besta Modern Media Console at CaitlinMarieDesign.com | IKEA hack, minimalist home, modern traditional, brass knobs, DIY home
Ikea Besta Modern Media Console at CaitlinMarieDesign.com | IKEA hack, minimalist home, modern traditional, brass knobs, DIY home
Ikea Besta Modern Media Console at CaitlinMarieDesign.com | IKEA hack, minimalist home, modern traditional, brass knobs, DIY home
Ikea Besta Modern Media Console at CaitlinMarieDesign.com | IKEA hack, minimalist home, modern traditional, brass knobs, DIY home
Ikea Besta Modern Media Console at CaitlinMarieDesign.com | IKEA hack, minimalist home, modern traditional, brass knobs, DIY home
Ikea Besta Modern Media Console at CaitlinMarieDesign.com | IKEA hack, minimalist home, modern traditional, brass knobs, DIY home
Ikea Besta Modern Media Console at CaitlinMarieDesign.com | IKEA hack, minimalist home, modern traditional, brass knobs, DIY home

I had so much fun styling our new modern media console after daydreaming about it for a long time. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite pieces below!

Knobs

Lamps

Vases

Greenery

Bowls & Trays

Decorative Objects

Books

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I hope you found this post inspiring and helpful! Feel free to leave a question below, or send me a direct message via Instagram for a faster response time. And please tag me if you create your own modern media console–I would love to see it!

XO,

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  1. Can you please provide the link for the big round brass vase with the greenery in it next to the TV? I see similar ones in the link but I love that specific one!

    1. Hello Daisy! Thank you so much for the comment ๐Ÿ™‚ Unfortunately that particular vase is no longer available, it was from Target a few years ago. I havenโ€™t been able to find the same one elsewhere. So sorry!

  2. This may sound like a dumb question but do you have to open the doors to use your cable box, Apple TV etc? I want this but wondering if I need glass doors for the remote controls?

    1. Hi Kim! Not a dumb question at all! Our tv is โ€œsmartโ€ so we just use that to watch Netflix, etc. We donโ€™t have cable, but we do open the doors to use gaming systems so they donโ€™t overheat!

    1. Thank you so much Heather! The IKEA console is 94.5 inches (it is actually two smaller cabinets pushed together). Hope that helps!

  3. Love the idea for extra storage. I donโ€™t think you mentioned it but are you able to add shelving to the console?

    1. Hello Maria! Yes you can purchase shelves to use inside of the console, which I linked! They are adjustable in terms of height ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Thank you so much for posting this! My husband and I just put ours together and it completely transformed our living room. Lots of storage for the kiddos toys too which is amazing! I was able to put one cabinet together while he did the other. So, like you said if I can do so can you ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS IKEA HACK!!! I have been searching up and down for a tv console that didn’t cost a fortune. I love you and am placing my order right now! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Adison! Looking at the measurements, I think it would work out to be the same, except with different legs! So glad you love the look! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I have a subwoofer that I would like to hide by putting it in the cabinet, but it’s a hair too big in depth… do you think the backing can just be left off so that it’ll fit? The backing is usually for support, but I have an Ikea Kallax that is made of the same material, and it has no backing. Maybe I should call Ikea ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hello Erin! Sorry for the delay in response. I think in this case the backing is probably necessary for support, but I would check with IKEA! Did you end up putting the subwoofer inside?

  7. Hi there, I was just wondering for the knobs, did you get *Solid brass with brushed bronze finish* or *Solid brass with hand-rubbed antique brass finish* I canโ€™t tell from the picture which one you purchased.

  8. Hello Caitlin,
    I tried out your ikea console set up. And I had a few questions regarding the setup. Did you have a lot of pieces left over and was the final product a little wobbly? When we built besta unit it was wobbly and when we attached the doors they werenโ€™t very aligned. Any tips or help you can give us would be very much appreciated..

    1. Hello Jeraldin! Thanks for reaching out. It is possible that I had extra pieces, I built this a year ago so it has been a while, however ours is not wobbly. Did you install the backing which is a heavy board you nail on? That should help make it sturdy. As for the doors, you need to align them by adjusting the hinges. Search Youtube for โ€œHow to adjust Ikea Besta hingesโ€ for helpful videos! Hope that helps! ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Hi there! We love this hack! We actually just went out and bought everything for it! Ours has been tilting when opening the doors – did you mount yours to the wall to prevent the unit from tipping? If so, how did you secure it? The screws in the package didnโ€™t have an anchor and since we have baseboards the screw provided doesnโ€™t reach the wall? Just wondering if you had any issues with securing it? ๐Ÿ™‚

        1. Hello Lydia! Thank you so much for the comment and I’m sorry that you are having the issue with the console tipping!! ๐Ÿ™ Ours is not secured to the wall (we like to be able to move it out to plug / unplug things) and it is still very sturdy. I’m not sure what would be causing this! Did you install all of the legs? There should be NANAARP legs in the front and back of each cabinet (8 NANAARP legs total) as well as two BESTA support legs. So altogether there are 10 legs. That is the only thing I can think of?

  9. What is the height of your console? I was looking on ikea for the dimensions of the cabinet and the legs separately, but they donโ€™t list how tall the legs are. Thank you!!

  10. I really love the entire feel of your room. Any chance you remember where the throw over the back of your sofa is from? Such a great touch.

  11. Looks great!! A question, when attaching two units and looking from the top down does it look like two separate pieces? From the pictures it looks like one solid piece, on the part where the vase and accessories are is that the case? And if so what piece is there to make the seam of the two units disappear? Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Ellen! I apologize for the delay here! We actually did not attach the units, and the seam is in fact visible from the top. It doesnโ€™t bother me visually, and it makes it easier to access the cables behind if necessary ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. I’m wondering if you could tell me where you got the blue/white baskets next to the media console? Thanks!

  13. That was a great idea. It turned out really nice. I love the black and white rug that you have, Do you have a link to where you got it from? I didn’t see this black and white carpet in the shop my home links.

    Thank you!
    Vanessa

    1. Hi Lisa! The support legs go in the center of each cabinet on the bottom. The directions explain where to put them! Hope that helps.

  14. Do you think this would still look good with those legs on the besta unit that has 3 cabinets instead of 4 like yours? Wondering if the legs would look odd.. I lovee this look but 4 cabinets would be way too big for the space we are moving into!

    1. Hi Catherine! I have not seen the three cabinet option in person so hard to say, but I think you are right that the legs I used might not work. If you look at the inspiration pic above from The_CornellRanch on Instagram, Ashley used a different leg style for her 3 cabinet console, which may be a better option. Hope that helps!

  15. This living room is beautifully designed! What are the frame sizes that you used for the botanical artwork? And where is the artwork from?

    1. Hello Hema, I’m so sorry for the delay here! The artwork is called Botanical I and Botanical II from juniperprintshop.com . I used a custom art size of 20×25, however I would recommend going for a standard size (perhaps 18×24) and using a cute poster frame like this one: https://rstyle.me/+oAqoZkdeYpC6TQ_XFgsbWQ Hope that helps! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Best ikea find ever! Saw this and went out to buy it same day. We had order something else a little more traditional but it came and had defective parts, as well as being “cream” even though being listed as white. So decided to keep it simple and go with this. Thank you!!!!

  17. My floor is uneven from end to end. Ate these legs adjustable? I need to be able to adjust one end of unit higher than the other.

  18. We want to put five of these next to each other but are worried about the doors hitting against the one next to it when we open them. Is there enough room to open the door or does it bump up against the one next to it?

  19. The TV hanging over the console looks great, but do you think it would work to place a TV directly on the surface? Would there be balance issues?

    1. Hi Sam! I apologize for the delay. In the past we did have our tv directly on a media console, not this one, but I think it would work. My only concern would be if kiddos or pets are running around, it would not be secured. That is one of the reasons we decided to mount ours!

  20. Love this! My husband and I want to put two of the side-by-side but worried about the doors hitting against the one next to it when we open them. Is there enough room to open the door or does it bump up against the one next to it?
    Also, how does the top of the cabinet look like one solid surface when itโ€™s two cabinets put together? Thank you

    1. Hello Lee! Thank you for your comment. The doors open just fine, except of course if you open the two middle doors all the way at the same time, then the knobs will hit one another. But this has not been an issue for us! You can definitely open the doors one at a time, no problem. As for the top, it doesn’t look like a solid surface–you can see that it is two cabinets. It is not really noticeable unless you are standing right next to it! Hope that helps ๐Ÿ™‚

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