Since I had to furnish the flat myself, I didn’t have much time for coding and writing at home until now. But thanks to that, I came up with a small Ikea Hack presented in this post.
I’m a pretty tall guy (around 197cm) so after years of struggling with too shallow and uncomfortable desks, I decided that this time I’m gonna get myself a better one. And because my bedroom is quite small, I didn’t have too much choice – only a desk which is around 120cm wide and as deep as possible.
I started a research on the Web and there was literally one (!) desk available that suited me needs… BUT, it was quite expensive and, what’s even worse, I’d have to wait almost 3 weeks to get it! So, after visiting Ikea Hackers on the other day, I decided that I could make the desk myself.
First idea was to use some parts of Ikea’s Expedit series, but unfortunately, It was just after Ikea decided to discontinue the series… Thankfully, they still sell some pieces of Expedit under new name – Kallax.
After a long afternoon spent on Ikea’s website and one visit to the store, I had a plan.
My plan was to use 120x80cm table top together with 2×2 Kallax shelving unit on one end and some legs at the other.
Here’s the list of parts I used:
- 1 x 120x80cm table top from Ikea’s Gallant series (Pro Tip: you can buy a table top without a frame to save some money!)
- 1 x Ikea Kallax 2×2 shelving unit
- 2 x Ikea Olov table legs, adjustable
- 4 x Ikea Kassett boxes
- 4 x 10cm long table legs (I bought mine in Leroy Merlin, but you could also use Ikea’s Capita table legs for this purpose)
- plastic furniture corner brackets
- cable hole cover
- self-stick caps
- sticky felt pads
- screws (15 and 25mm)
Combining the Pieces
First, assemble the Kallax shelving unit, except the top piece – this is gonna be our monitor stand. Remember to use included felt pads. Then, join the shelve with the table top using furniture corner brackets. I used 6 of them. Use shorter screws for the table top and longer for the shelve.
Finally, attach the Olov legs to the table using short screws. Adjust the length of the legs to level the desk. I suggest sticking some felt pads to the bottom of the legs to safe the floor from scratching.
To finish the desk, drill a cable hole with a hole saw and install the cover. And that’s it for the desk.
The monitor stand is made of the remaining piece of the Kallax shelve and four short legs. Keep in mind that you can screw the legs to the top part only close to edges, the rest of this element is mostly empty inside. Stick a felt pad to each leg so it won’t scratch the desk. Finally, use self-stick caps to cover all remaining holes.
And here’s the final product:
I must say I’m really happy with the result. The overall price was reasonably low compared to existing desks of that size. The storage space is great thanks to four big Ikea Kassett boxes, the height of the desk is perfect and most important – no more pain caused by keeping my legs 90 degree bent for hours!
Hope you liked this one. If you have any questions or thoughts, feel free to leave a comment below. Thanks!