4 Stylish IKEA Besta Media Console Hacks

Finding the right media console isn't always easy, especially when you need it to accommodate a large screen. While getting something custom-made is always an option, we prefer to think of more thrifty ways of furnishing our place. Here are some of the smart ways you can make your own IKEA Besta personalized.

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Clean and Sleek Media Console
Niels' setup is more minimal than the others we've featured, but the wooden panels add a rustic feel to his media console. He spent about $300 setting it up and we have to say that he ended up with something really good-looking. The wooden sheets were added to change the look of the Besta and to strengthen it. They were glued and screwed into place. The wood also contrasts with the overall whiteness of his living room.

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Jens' Custom Setup from Germany
This setup from Jens comes complete with cable management and integrated lighting, so that everything looks perfect when he wants to enjoy a movie with his family. Jens estimates that the total cost of his endeavor was about $1,400, including everything. He also used DIY cement stones as a backing plate, which adds a bit of pizazz. They were glued to a piece of drywall by hand. The design is somewhat asymmetrical, which also gives it an organic feel that's been bolstered with lots of house plants situated near and around the console.

Faux-Upholstered IKEA Besta Console
We definitely like the look of this Besta. The only way it could be improved would be if it was covered in leather, though that's probably not something practical. Nevertheless, the look of this Besta reeks of style and sophistication. The overall hack isn't hard to do, and the results are unique.

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Chris' Besta Installation
Our colleague Chris tackled his home theater setup last year and we have to say that it's pretty impressive. It took him three weeks to plan and build his dream setup, but the results are amazing. We like how comfortable the whole home theater area looks. The Besta was thoroughly customized.

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(Images: Niels Ostenfeld, Jens, Chris Perez)