Work Station

Published on June 3rd, 2008 | by Jules IKEAHacker

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double up your work space





dan and erin needed to fill their guest room / office with some thing that…
1) wasn’t expensive and
2) looked good

so with a tape measure in hand, they spent 4 hours at the college park, maryland ikea and left with 2 vika amon 4′ 11″ table tops, 4 vika curry legs, 1 malm 2-drawer chest, and 1 set of 6″ capita legs.

and here’s what they constructed.

computer desk“we put the two vika table tops end to end, and installed the vika curry legs at the furthest opposite ends. two capita 6″ legs split the middle seam, and sit on top of the malm chest. the chest supports the seam at the middle, and creates a storage space underneath.

computer deskcomputer deski also installed the summera pull-out keyboard tray, but the vika tops are so hollow that it’s already starting to strip out. in all, we spent $120, and the desk really has helped our new office/guest room.

we plan on finishing off the room with a 5′ vika amon table top used as a headboard, and hanging the lack shelves above the desk area horizontally for more mementos and storage.”

Updated! February 25, 2009
Reinforced double table
Beth was looking for an idea on how to enlarge her current desk without spending too much and gave her better access to her file drawer when she came across the hack above. But after reading the comments, was worried about having enough support along the seam. This is her solution.

She says, “My solution was to add 2 cheap legs to support the back, and screw the Capita legs into a 3/4″ thick slab of plywood. This gave a lot of support to the desktop, and the plywood thickness made up the difference between the end of the leg and the desktop (legs were 12″ long at the fully adjusted length and I had more space than that, but the next size up would’ve been too long). I then ironed on some edge banding to cover the front of the plywood slab to finish it off!

Products used:

- 2 Capita 4″ legs
- 2 Vika Amon desk tops
- 1 Erik Drawer unit
- 4 Vika Fintorp 70cm legs
- 2 Vika Curry Silver legs

Materials Needed:

- 1 12×16″ plywood slab (3/4″ thickness)
- 1 roll Black/Brown edge banding (bought from Home Depot for Mills Pride Cabinets)
- screws

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9 Responses to double up your work space

  1. MR says:

    Seems like a lot of stress is going to be put on the screws in the middle seam. Especially with the pushing and pulling on the keyboard tray.

    You might consider some additional reinforcement to hold the two tables together.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I have to agree. I worked in the office department of an IKEA and those Vika Amon tables are not solid except in the corners where the legs go and filled with cardboard. No one should have sold you the trays with those tables and those Capita legs probably aren’t hitting anything solid, either. Unfortunately, I don’t see this thing lasting as it is now. The trays will eventually rip out.

    • Anonymous says:

      can you give me a suggestion how to strengthen/joint the two tables together? desperately need some help. thanks. ;)

  3. Mike says:

    I wonder if they could use hollow wall anchors to bolster the stripped out screws in the middle?

  4. Anonymous says:

    I would consider attaching another piece of wood/plywood behind the table on the wall side. That way you the cords will be hidden. Right now you’ve only achieved the inexpensive goal, not the attractive goal. Another hacker made his own desk and did something similar, you can find it on the site.

  5. You need to go to home depot and buy some metal straps to hold the two desktops together. They’re in the hinge section. You only need the 4″ long ones.

    Also, you should have used the ikea kitchen counter tops. You could have gotten the same size without needing to strap them together.

  6. Anna says:

    Depending upon the placement of the file cabinet, couldn’t the back legs for the desk be attached for more support? This hack is pretty much exactly what I’d like to have in my apartment, but I share others’ concerns about stability. Fortunately not much weight is going to be placed on either desk. Suggestions?

  7. James says:

    It looks to me as if the legs in the middle are causing the two separate pieces of table top to not sit perfectly level. You can remove the black plastic washer and get the capita legs to sit flush with their metal plates to decrease their height or put some large washers inbetween as needed as well.

    Perhaps rather than use straps and still have to deal with the keyboard tray falling out of the cardboard, you could do the Home Depot trip and have them cut a 4×8 sheet of 1/2 or 3/4 plywood down to fit under both the tops (leave it about 1″ or 2″ back from the edge, paint the edge of it black to match) and then attach all your legs and keyboard trays to that. 2 birds with the proverbial stone.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I have a desk from ikea (dont recall the funky name) but it too is a hollow core. I also have akeyboard tray I stripped off my old desk, never been able to find one so wide. Anyways, I have the same issue with the screws stripping out. I’ve gone through three different type of anchors so far and they all pull out. I figure I am just gonna slap some toggle bolts in there. Might have to make a slightly larger hole, but those guys will NOT come out. My other thought was a small metal plate, attach it to the underside of the desk to distribute the weight more evenly.

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