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Are you in need of some residential furniture with a quality finish? We are pleased to announce our new collection for IKEA’s BESTÅ storage range.

To start, we’re focusing on the TV units. The first of many families to come is the BESTÅ TV unit with doors.

IKEA doesn’t need much of an introduction. They are synonymous with modular design, famous for flat-pack furniture, and infamous for their Swedish meatballs.

The BESTÅ is a modular storage system from IKEA that offers stylish, high-quality storage with the possibility to design and adapt a solution according to your own taste, space and needs. It’s available with pre-designed combinations such as TV units, basic storage units, combination units for media, display combinations, storage combinations and sideboards.

Revit render of Besta TV Unit cupboard with white SMEVIKEN front panels, brass ENERYDA cup handles and an oak top panel.

BESTÅ TV Unit with SMEVIKEN front panels.

Revit render of three Besta TV Unit cupboards with white, brown stained oak and black finished front panels, and brass ENERYDA cup handles.

Three unit frame finishes.

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The pre-designed BESTÅ TV unit has many configurations to suit the possible door, drawer and open shelf variations. In terms of creating a Revit family for it, the most difficult choices revolved around how to break down the family according to those variations.

We could have made just one family containing all of the variations, but that wouldn’t be very user-friendly. It would contain many instance checkboxes and many drop-down selections for nested types, requiring a lot of input from the user and making the family close to unusable in Revit.

To make things more manageable, we decided to split the TV unit into several families based on the door, drawer and open shelf configurations. Our first installment is a family covering a large proportion of preset combinations with doors.

This family has over 1100 types controlled by a type catalog. The types are defined by the frame finish (white, black, or walnut), four frame sizes, five legs and up to 25 door styles and configurations. While there are a lot of types, using a type catalog means it’s easy for a user to quickly drill down to a much smaller range of options that suit their particular needs. The family also has a few instance options to control the handle styles and the top panel.

Revit render of 25 aligned Besta TV Units showing the different door frame colours and windows.

Revit Raytrace showing a glimpse of possible variations.

When breaking down just the TV unit with doors, the issue with this family is that IKEA has so many customizable components, such as:

So the number of potential configurations is massive: 3 x 10 x 2 x 47 x 26 = 73,320

Using a type catalog has the benefit of providing filters. When loading the family in Revit, you can filter for a specific frame or leg model, or even both. This quickly refines the number of types you see. Therefore, instead of having one family with instance-based parameters to control types for the nested elements, you can have a type catalog with 73,000 types and the ability to filter seamlessly through content.

Revit type catalog dialogue showing type naming and breakdown. Including the width, depth, height, frame finish, door model, leg model, cabinet depth, door height, cabinet heigh and leg height of the IKEA Besta TV unit.Type catalog showing type naming and breakdown.

Dialogue of the Revit type catalog's ability for a refined search when entering desired quality/quantity of the TV unit.Type catalog with filters to quickly refine the type you’re after.

While some combinations are technically possible, they are unlikely to be used due to aesthetic considerations. For example, pairing a white frame with black legs is quite unlikely, whereas pairing a walnut frame with walnut or wooden-finished legs is expected.

For this collection, we have focused on covering just the most popular and probable product variations. We’ve taken a balanced approach to the family design, relying mainly on the use of a type catalog while still having some instance options for things like door handle style and top panels.

Even with a whittled-down scope of potential configurations, our family still contains 1100+ types. In addition, because the family has been designed using nested elements and extensive parametric control, creating a custom configuration beyond the preset types is readily achievable.

Revit render of four unit frame sizes in black.

Four unit frame sizes.

Revit render focusing on seven different cabinet leg styles, including white, oak, brass, silver and black.

Seven leg styles and finishes.

Revit render of 16 types of door styles including dark grey, black, white, oak, stained oak, beige and with glass panes. All paired with brass BAGGANÄS handles.

Raytrace showing 16 door styles.

There are 16 door styles, but on the wider, three-compartment units, these can be mixed & matched with the Sindvik glass door panel.

Revit render of Besta TV Unit with white SUTTERVIKEN and glass SINDVIK front panels. Paired with an oak top panel and brass handles.

BESTÅ TV Unit with SUTTERVIKEN and SINDVIK front panels.

We then added the smaller design features – such as the top panel and handle finish and style – as instance options, because we felt they had a higher chance of being tweaked after placement.

Revit dialogue of instance-based options for handle style, top panels and their respective materials. Door cup handle, top panel and TV top panels are selected. However door handle and door knob are left unselected, meaning that the render will appear without them.

Instance-based options for handle style, top panels and their respective materials.

There are three different door handles available.

Revit render of three different brass door handles. The first is thin and long, the second is cup shaped, and the third is a small knob.

BAGGANÄS handles.     ENERYDA cup handles.     ENERYDA Ø13⁄16” knobs.

The family has options for TV Top Panel and Top Panel.

Revit render of the glass TV top panel to place on top of the cabinet.

Revit render of the oak top panel to place on top of the cabinet.








Oak top panel and Glass TV top panel.

An important factor in our decision-making is how the family will be used in the project design process. For example, with our Charlotte Pipe collection, we added some clever features for flexibility and product codes. These will be used in the design of the drainage system, and the product codes are also of great help in transitioning from design to construction.

In this case, a designer would likely use the IKEA design tool, rather than Revit, to specify and visualize their desired version of their BESTÅ unit before using the Revit family. That’s why we opted for a more extensive type catalog for this family.

The family also contains the product codes taken from IKEA’s US catalog and online design tool. These product codes combine all individual IKEA codes relevant for each type, including doors, legs, support legs, frames and shelves.

Product code: 102.945.11, 302.916.82, 302.916.82, 302.916.82, 3 x 704.899.16, 502.936.1038

We plan to update this collection and the initial family throughout the year. The next families will feature drawer and door arrangements, open shelf units and combinations of the three. There are also other pre-designed combinations, such as the display or sideboard units, that we would like to add.

We’re keen to get any feedback on this collection, especially concerning functionality inside a Revit project, from designers or architects using IKEA products. How would you like to manage the customization and sheer number of types? Do the product codes help in your design or handoff process? Let us know at

We hope you enjoy the collection. Stay tuned for more IKEA content!

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