Ikea Bekant Storage Unit Review
May 27, 2020
WRITTEN BY: Tim
In this post, I’m sharing my thoughts on the Bekant Storage Unit from Ikea. I purchased this storage unit for my home office to neatly organize all of our networking gear in one spot. What makes the Bekant shelf unique are the mesh panels on its side and back, allowing air to flow throughout the unit. When I was searching for a storage solution that provided adequate ventilation for our gear, I really couldn’t find any other product that functioned like the Bekant shelf, so I decided to give this a try.
Initially, the NAS had been sitting on the office floor for the past 10 months, sucking up dusk and requiring frequent cleaning. This was what prompted me to find a better storage solution for the NAS.
This storage shelf really helped to consolidate all of the devices and also minimize the number of cables underneath my desk. The reason why I didn’t go with a normal open shelf is because the Bekant has a way to route cables within the shelf, keeping everything neat and organized.
The shelf is far from full, but it currently holds:
- Synology DS418play NAS – shared storage drive and backup
- Intel NUC i5 (newer model linked) – controls our smart home
- Linksys 5 Port Ethernet Switch
- UniFi AP Lite – provides WiFi coverage for the 2nd floor of our home
- Google Nest Hub
The side and back panels were what sold me on the Bekant. These panels have a mesh pattern, which allows air to flow throughout the shelves. I was having a really hard time finding a shelf that would allow proper airflow for the NAS and NUC, while still having sides and a back.
Internal Cable Routing
I wanted a way to route cables within the shelf and was open to drilling my own holes, but the Bekant already has gaps for running cables to both shelves. I really like that there’s a hole behind the drawer for cables to exit and that the base of the unit is elevated high enough to fit a power strip underneath. Luckily in my office, the shelf sits next to a power outlet, so there are only 2 ethernet cables that leave the base.
I was surprised at the quality of the metal parts when assembling the shelf. They have a nice matte powder coat finish that seems durable. The mesh siding is a lot thicker than it looks like in Ikea’s product photos.
The shelf material is particleboard with veneer, which is widely used at Ikea. Not the most premium material, but definitely durable enough.
The hardware included for the drawer was a lot nicer than what I expected. Attaching the drawer to the slides was a breeze and slides are soft close, which is always a plus. The slide releases are at the front of the drawer and its large size makes it very easy to access cables behind the drawer.
One downside of the drawer is the single wheel attached at the bottom, which provides support for when the drawer is open. The wheel is visible when looking at the base but because we have dark floors, the black wheel blends in. It would have been nice if the base was weighted, so the drawer wouldn’t require the wheel.
At $219 before tax, I was initially skeptical of why this was priced so high, but given the design, metal components, and drawer hardware the Bekant was well worth the money. I do wish they included a few more hooks at this price though.
There are a few extras that I skipped on that slightly reduced the price. There’s an option for 4 caster wheels instead of the leveling feet. This didn’t make sense for my needs as the shelf doesn’t need to be mobile. Another option is an NFC lock for the drawer. It didn’t seem very secure and I don’t plan on storing anything valuable in the drawer so I passed.
I’d recommend the Bekant to anyone needing a way to store devices that require proper airflow like a NAS or even a small desktop computer. I also could see photographers or videographers using the Bekant as a charging station that has 2 levels of battery chargers with proper cable management.
Overall, I’m very happy with the Bekant Storage Unit. I would have loved for the shelves to be solid wood and the bottom wheel removed. But for the price, the Bekant does everything I need.
If you have any questions about the Bekant, please leave a comment below!