How to connect multiple IKEA Besta units

Posted by Joan Shumaker on

The Besta series from IKEA is one of their most popular, and long-standing, storage units. Like most IKEA pieces, it’s affordable, but the Besta “superpower” is that it is highly versatile and modular. You can use it as a sideboard, credenza, wall cabinet, entryway furniture, TV stand, office furniture, nightstand, and more.

The standard cabinets come in one, two, and three doors, at two different heights (15” and 25 1/4”). But that’s just the beginning of how you can assemble the Besta cabinets. Maybe we can’t go as far as saying that you can connect units as if it was Tetris, but almost. You can join multiple cabinets together both horizontally, and vertically to create a piece of furniture that fit your space perfectly.

Connecting Besta units horizontally

If you have a longer wall, you might want to create a unit that is longer than 70 7/8", equivalent to three doors. This is an example of two double Besta cabinets, which has been connected horizontally to create a longer four-door sideboard.

Office Furniture IKEA Besta Cabinets Customized with Doors and Panels from Norse

Connecting multiple cabinets is easy! Use the longer screws included in the Besta package to attach two units, as visible in the image below.

Besta connect

Source: IKEA Assembly Instructions

To get extra support, you can also add legs, as we’ve done in the photo. The Ilse leg, in the picture, has a universal fitting plate with four screws. It allows you to add two screws in each unit, creating the support you might need if you don’t have it standing on the floor.

Another example is these color-blocked cabinets, using doors from Norse in Pale Mocha, and Iconic Iron. The top and side panels are also in Iconic Iron, to create a uniform look. We don't make top panels to cover the length of four doors. However, we can adjust the length when you are planning to join two or multiple tops together. 

IKEA Besta cabinets upgraded with Norse components

Attaching Besta cabinets vertically.

If you have limited wall space, you could instead build the Besta cabinets vertically. This blue floating wall unit in the picture was made by attaching two three-door cabinets, in 15” and 25 1/4”, on top of each other.
 

IKEA Besta cabinets upgraded with Norse components

To attach them, you use the double-sided pads and metal clips provided in the Besta package. Add the pads, before attaching the clips, as visible below.

Attach multiple Besta cabinets vertically

Attach multiple Besta cabinets vertically

Source: IKEA Assembly Instructions


If you prefer to have floating cabinets, IKEA has suspension rails for hanging the units on the wall. It also helps to level the units, if you connect multiple cabinets.

Hang cabinets on the wall for floating sideboard

Source: IKEA Assembly Instructions

We hope this will spark some new ideas of how you can use this super modular cabinet. Head over to our collection, to see how you can customize the Besta even further with doors, panels, and accessories.

 

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