Looking for an affordable yet stylish modern TV stand? Today I’m sharing an IKEA BESTA hack for a media console that looks high end, without the designer price tag. I created a modern media console on a budget with two IKEA BESTA cabinets plus affordable IKEA cabinet doors, legs, and shelves. I also purchased brass knobs to finish off the look. This project was so easy, I’m not sure it even qualifies as a hack! Our completed IKEA TV stand has lots of storage and is extra wide (94.5 inches), so it is perfect under a large TV. Keep reading for the IKEA product list, tips for assembling the cabinets, and IKEA media console styling ideas!
A special thank you to my Sheila from Three Times a Home who is the first person I saw use BESTA cabinets this way, and who kindly answered my questions. Thanks friend!
Painting IKEA Furniture
After enjoying our budget friendly IKEA media console for several years, I decided to paint it gray for a new look. Tap to see which primer, paint, and method I used!
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Planning an IKEA BESTA Hack Modern Media Console
IKEA TV Stand Product List
These are the IKEA parts you will need to complete this modern media console:
- BESTA frame (2)
- BESTA support leg (2)
- NANNARP legs (2-pack) or other legs (4)*
- HANVIKEN door (4)
- BESTA soft closing/push-open hinges (2-pack) (4)*
- BESTA shelf (4)
*You will need four 2-packs for a total of eight parts.
Designer Look Brass Knobs
The exact antique brass knobs that I used are no longer available, but these Amazon knobs are very similar! More pretty options for cabinet knobs:
Total Cost of the IKEA Media Console in 2023
Related post: Painting IKEA Furniture for a High End Look
You are probably curious about the cost of this DIY IKEA TV stand. At the time we completed this project in late 2019, the total cost for all of the IKEA parts was $390. In 2023, the cost for all of the IKEA parts is $460.
Width of the IKEA BESTA Media Console
For reference, both of the TVs you see in this post are 65 inches.
Another factor to consider is the width of a media console compared to the size of your TV. The media consoles from other stores (that I linked above) range from 72-80 inches wide, while our IKEA BESTA media console is 94.5 inches wide! It really grounds our open concept living room and balances the large TV.
Taking the generous size and comparatively low price into account, the IKEA TV stand fit our budget and space perfectly. I also like that if a door gets damaged or I want to replace the legs, I can simple purchase new parts rather than replacing the entire console.
IKEA Pickup Tips for an Easy Experience
For this project, we used IKEA’s Click and Collect service. 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).
How to Assemble IKEA BESTA Cabinets for a Modern Media Console
Here is my encouragement: if I can do it, you can too!
How Long It Takes to Build
The BESTA cabinet directions were relatively easy to follow. My husband and I built the two frames and installed the legs in one evening. The pieces are a bit heavy so having two people is ideal. I then installed the doors myself the next day, so all in all I would say it took about four hours.
Two Separate BESTA Cabinets
It is important to note that this console is made of two separate cabinets. You could probably attach the units to one another if you wanted to, but we kept our separate so they are easier to move around.
Cutting Holes In the Backing for Cables
If you plan to use your BESTA units as a media console, you will need to cut small holes in the backing of the BESTA frames to allow wires to pass through.
First, think about where you will be placing your game systems or other devices that need to be plugged in. Then, carefully use a utility knife or drill to create holes in the backing.
Installing Hinges, Doors, and Knobs
I attached the hinges, doors, and knobs myself in 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 😉 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.
How to Decorate a Modern Media Console IKEA BESTA Hack
Finally, the best part–styling! We have enjoyed this piece for over four years, so I have several iterations of decor to show you!
White IKEA Media Console with Coastal Modern Decor
First up, my original IKEA TV stand decor. I had so much fun styling our new modern media console after daydreaming about it for a long time! This was four years ago so most of the exact items are no longer available, but here are similar options:
White IKEA TV Stand with Cozy Minimalist Decor
Painted Gray IKEA Media Console with Cozy Cottage Decor
After a few years I decided to paint our IKEA media console. You will find the primer, paint, and method I used in that post! Shop this cozy cottage decor look here:
IKEA TV Stand with The Samsung Frame TV
IKEA BESTA Media Console with Holiday Decor
Related post: Chic and Classy Halloween Decor Ideas
Finally, here is our IKEA media console styled with fall and Christmas decor. Do you enjoy seasonal decorating?
Media Console IKEA BESTA Hack: Conclusion
In conclusion, I hope you found this IKEA BESTA hack inspiring and helpful! Feel free to leave a question below, or send me a direct message on Instagram. Please tag me if you create your own modern media console because I would love to see it!