Ikea Besta Burs Inspired Desk (WITH Drawers)

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This is inspired by the Ikea Besta Burs desk.

70 7/8" x 15 3/4" x 25 1/8"


Shopping List

1 49x97 MDF Sheet
165 3/4" or 13' 13/16" of 2x2
93 3/4" or 8' 5/8" of 1x3
2 sets of 10", 100-lb. full extension drawer slides

Common Materials
1 1/4 inch screws
2 1/2 inch screws
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

4 2x2 @ 24 3/8" (Desk Legs)
2 2x2 @ 12 3/4" (Desk Leg Supports)
1 1/2" x 15 3/4" x 70 7/8" MDF (Desk Top)
2 1/2" x 2" x 30" MDF (Drawer Backs)
2 1/2" x 12 1/2" x 30" MDF (Drawer Base)
2 1/2" x 3" x 34" MDF (Drawer Fronts/Faces)
4 1/2" x 12" x 2" MDF (Drawer Sides)
1 1x3 @ 67 7/8" (Back Apron)
2 1x3 @ 12 3/4" (Side Aprons)
3 2x2 @ 14 1/4" (Underside Support Beams)

Speed Square
Power Sander
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

(1) Sand and pre-finish before beginning build.
(2) Attach Desk Leg Support to Desk Leg with 2 1/2" screws; repeat for both legs; repeat for other Desk Leg Support and Desk Legs.

Step 2

Attach Desk Top to Desk Legs with 2 1/2" screws (down through top into leg); repeat for each leg, ensuring
square and flush after each screw.

Step 3

Attach Side Aprons and Back Apron to Desk Legs with 2 1/2" screws, ensuring flush with Desk Top; screw from outside leg into aprons.

Step 4

Assemble Drawer:
(1) Attach Drawer Back to Drawer Base with 1 1/4" screws, ensuring Drawer Back is flush with Drawer Base.
(2) Attach Darwer Sides to Drawer Base with 1 1/4" screws, ensuring Drawer Sides are flush with Drawer Base and square with Drawer Back. Do NOT yet attach drawer face!!!

Step 5

Step 6

(1) Set the drawer in the slides/glides on the Underside Support Beam.
(2) Now align the Underside Support Beam that will go on the outer edge up with the drawer side without a slide/glide, ensuring allowance for the drawer slide/glide. Attach the Underside Support Beam with 2 1/2" screws from the Back Apron into the Underside Support Beam.
(3) Install the drawer slide/glide to the Drawer Side and Underside Support Beam, ensuring it is level with the other. Ensure the drawer will slide evenly and within the space allotted for the drawer.

Step 7

(1) Hold Drawer Face on the front of the drawer to ensure proper alignment.
(2) Attach Drawer Face with 1 1/4" screws from the Drawer Face into the Drawer Sides.

Step 8

Fill holes and imperfections and touch up!

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.


Ana White

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 20:42

Just wanted to say a big thank you for adding this desk!  I have been trying to get the last few plans migrated over, this being one of them, and I'm so thankful that you were able to post it!  This is so detailed too!  Thanks again.  Ana


Tue, 05/26/2020 - 06:13

I need to build a desk like this, without drawers, that's 10' long. My question is how to create center support without adding a middle leg? It's a desk that will be used as a sound engineering desk. At times, 2 or 3 people will be sitting at it so there needs to be room for legs and chairs ... I've considered 20x13 angle brackets in the center. Would this be enough? Thanks in advance!