Ikea Besta Jagra hack – hiding A/V equipment for under $20
This is a simple and relatively quick hack that hides your equipment and cleans up the look of the Besta Jagra, keeps the A/V opening cool, and keeps little hands from things they should not be touching.
Step 1: Materials
clear shelf pins (8 of them in a single package, normally used for holding up shelves) – $2.97
rubber bumper variety pack – $3.97
screws (6×1 1/2″) – $3.54
furring strips (1x2x8, need 10 feet total) – $ 0.97 each
speaker fabric (from the fabric store, 1/4yd) – $3.25
Step 2: Cut the wood
My first step was to cut the 44″ lengths. I cut two, one for the top, and one for the bottom. Once this was complete, a quick trip through the router took about 3/8″ of an inch from the furring strips. I did this to make sure the corners were strong and square. This part can be omitted, but I think it makes the overall build much nicer. It does require a router (and a router table helps, too).
After that, I cut a total of four pieces for the height of the frame. The two ends, since I had taken off a total of 3/4″, were cut to 5 1/4″, while the two center risers were cut at 4 1/2″.
Step 3: Glue and Screw (it together)
Step 4: Add the center risers
Step 5: Staple the fabric to the newly completed frame
Be careful not to stretch the fabric too much, or you will see more of the frame than you really want.
Another option to help hide the frame even more would be to paint the frame black before stretching the fabric over it.
Step 6: Add rubberized bumpers
Step 7: Add the shelf pins in to hold the new frames in place
I also used a piece of the frame to make sure the pins would be at the right depth.
Drilling the holes was a bit tricky since the pins would fit in a 5mm hole, but I only have standard drill bits. I used a 13/64″ bit and slowly ‘wiggled’ the drill around until the pins fit. On the one hand, it means the pins fit snugly, but on the other hand, it would be nice to have the appropriate bit for the job.