When we moved into our house in Dallas, I was thrilled to see there was a fireplace and a natural spot for our TV right above it. But once we moved in and had everything hung, we were staring at an ugly pile of wires to the left of the fireplace because I couldn’t seem to find a media console that wasn’t just as much of an eyesore. After living with this pile of wires for (an embarrassingly long) couple of months, I happened to find the perfect solution at IKEA.
The BESTÅ system is completely customizable to your space and style. It’s available in multiple lengths, has several different door and drawer options, and offers different legs that you can switch out to match the style of your home. We had an oversized piece of art we wanted to hang to the left of our fireplace so we went with the longest and lowest BESTÅ unit and paired it with these legs.
I chose the Selsviken high gloss white finish for a bright contrast to our navy sofa that looks super sleek but doesn’t compete with the artwork above it. I included a couple detail shots so you can see how reflective the surface is — it really makes the piece look so much pricier than it was.
Two of my favorite design details besides that glossy finish: the doors close quietly thanks to the integrated soft-close function and there’s an opening behind the center shelves so you can plug your cable box, etc. into the wall behind it without seeing a single wire. And the closed shelving on either side of the unit means extra storage space for table linens since our dining room doesn’t have space for a sideboard. The BESTÅ combines the style and function I was looking for — at a price tag of just $239.
While I’ve long loved IKEA for their clean designs and affordable prices, one thing I didn’t know about was their commitment to sustainability. When I became one of their Brand Ambassadörs at the beginning of the year, I got to hear several of the designers speak about how much thought goes into creating and manufacturing each product and was seriously impressed by their desire to minimally impact the environment.
For instance, did you know that IKEA’s famous flat-packed shipping (which I’ve always loved because it makes it easy to fit products in the back of your car…) also allows more units to be transported to stores at once, conserving energy? And the BESTÅ unit in particular has a board-on-frame construction with recycled honeycomb paper, which gives the piece strength and stability while conserving material. Affordable, beautiful, simple, and sustainable… That qualifies for design genius as far as I’m concerned.
Any favorite IKEA pieces in your home? Definitely check out how I used IKEA in my office if you haven’t already!
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