Revive the 70’s Vibe with this IKEA BESTÅ Dresser hack

ikea besta dresser hack

I had an old brown IKEA BESTÅ dresser with 6 white drawers on metal feet that I was tired of. However, the chest of drawers was still in excellent condition, so I decided to hack it in the furniture style of the 70s.

Here’s how the storage unit used to look. I have an old model consisting of three 2-section BESTÅ benches fixed on top of each other. Each section is fitted with a drawer to create a 6-drawer dresser.

ikea besta 6-drawer dresser
IKEA BESTÅ dresser with 6 white drawers and a black brown frame

Materials used:

Retro style IKEA BESTÅ dresser hack

adding slanted legs to the bottom wood panel

I first measured the top, bottom, and side of the BESTÅ chest of drawers. Then I cut out custom wooden panels according to the measurements. Taking the panel for the bottom of the BESTÅ frame, I attached new slanted wooden feet. I added four angled legs to the side and two straight legs in the middle to support the unit.

staining and wrapping the BESTA unit with wood panels

Next, I painted the panels with cherry stain so as to make the wood grain visible. After the stain had dried, I glued the panels on and, where necessary, fixed them to the BESTÅ frame with wood screws.

painting the front of the BESTA dresser so the brown does not show through

For the front of the dresser, I coated it with primer and white wood paint so that you wouldn’t see the brown edges.

OSTERNAS leather pulls flipped inside out

Next, I fixed the ÖSTERNÄS leather handles to the drawers. However, I flipped the leather inside out because the color of the inner leather was better matched to the cherry color of the tops.

Here’s the final result.

And a side-by-side comparison of the BESTÅ of the old unit and the updated one.

Retro style IKEA BESTÅ dresser hack

I did more or less the same 70’s style with the BESTÅ furniture I used as bedside tables (of which I don’t have the “before” photos).

Now my bedroom furniture is in a retro 70’s style.

~ by Annalisa Rizzo

See my other IKEA hacks:

Can you use the IKEA BESTÅ as a dresser?

Even though the IKEA website no longer shows this combination, it’s possible to assemble a 6-drawer dresser from IKEA BESTÅ units. Take 3 BESTÅ frames (47 1/4 x 15 3/4 x 15″), stack, and secure the frames together. Get drawers for each cubby to fit the size. To cover the cubby entirely, you may need to get a larger drawer front (23 5/8 x 15″).