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Published on February 9th, 2008 | by Jules Yap


a desk hack

joshua‘s desk created from bits and pieces of ikea.

the black legs are 1/4″ thick steel speaker stands that were custom built a few years ago. the thin horizontal board is the backing from an old ikea bookshelf and is screwed to the top plate of each speaker stand from below by three drywall screws.

computer deskcomputer deskthe main desk surface is from an ikea coffee table, also held in place on top of the board by two 3″ drywall screws.

the computer and external hard drive platform is an L-shaped lower shelf from an ikea computer desk. it interestingly has cut drumsticks as legs to keep the computer off the ground.

to stabilize the desk, joshua screwed a 6″x9″ L-bracket into a stud in the wall as an anchor.

see more of joshua’s desk flickr set and instructions.

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

9 Responses to a desk hack

  1. Anonymous says:

    no offence but it’s not astectiquely pleasing, honestly Ikea is about form fallows function and that does not, perhaps you should do more research on swiss design.

    Student Graphic Designer

  2. Anonymous says:

    Wow! People seem to get easily upset here… What in the world do the speakers have to do with the hack?

  3. Anonymous says:

    I hate those speakers and I’ve hated them since 1997! Get rid of them! Those are for mathematicians and not for people seriously interedted in music.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I like it. Why put something heavy on the front edge? It looks like it is being used as a desk. Also, an L-shaped bracket was screwed into a stud in the wall. That should work well as an anchor.

  5. Anonymous says:

    It looks really awkward. I bet if you sat something heavy on the front edge the whole thing would tip over. It also has really bad surfaces that don’t really seem to serve any purpose.

    The whole thing would work and look better if he just used the table top without the bookcase piece.

  6. Deanna says:

    wow, that looks like a hodge podge of stuff piled on top of each other to approximately replicate a desk. Why not at least attach the legs to coffee table instead of the shelf, to reduce the piled-on look?

  7. Adam Snider says:

    It’s minimalist and elegant. I love it!

  8. Anonymous says:

    i like the spirit of this, but i don’t think the design is aesthetically pleasing at all.

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