Work Station

Published on September 25th, 2008 | by Jules IKEAHacker


Knock on this door if you need a computer desk

Jonas wanted a new look for his old Galant desk and found this high-gloss alternative. Looks way cool.

He says, “I didn’t wanted to use my old (Galant) desk top so searched for an alternative. I found a high gloss cabinet door for the Pax cabinet system for 20€. As table legs I reused my old ones from the (Galant) table.

So I needed something to widen the table in depth I used two (Lack) racks. Installed them just above so there would be enough place to hide the cables and so on. I plan to put some lights under the racks but haven’t found time yet.”

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29 Responses to Knock on this door if you need a computer desk

  1. says:

    Very nice hack. Would perfectly fit any “mac-equipped” environment! ;-)

  2. Rotlaus says:

    Have you trued an optical Mouse on the surface?

  3. Erevos says:

    That’s awesome, but what about ppl who don’t have spare legs? :/ Any good ideas?

  4. Anonymous says:

    I see there’s some speakers on it. Would you guess that it’s sturdy enough, considering that a door isn’t really meant to bear all that much weight?

  5. Jonas Gordon says:

    Yes it is able to bear the weight optical mouse wont work and for those with no spare legs try cabinets on each side I ve added two afterwards though the wood will bend without support
    …The Hacker

  6. Anonymous says:

    You spend 5 grand on apple sh!t and then balk at the desk?

  7. Courtney says:

    I did this with one of the spare doors that they have in the as-is department! if you get one that has a recessed piece go to the hardware store and have them cut you a piece of ply wood or mdf that fits in the recessed part perfectly, attach your legs to that and drop the top on. I actually took on of the new vika lilleby ( legs, sawed it in half and screwed it into my inset piece. super sturdy desk for 20 bucks (and fun too bc the top is kelly green)

  8. Marc says:

    What particular PAX door is the glossy white one? Hard to tell from their online catalogue.

  9. prue says:

    i’ve got pax lomen doors on my media unit and they look the same as these.

  10. toi says:

    hi, nice hack, but is this door thick enough to sustain a 24 inch monitor weight?

  11. Jonas Gordon says:

    yes it is because of the leg system that supports the door on three points at the ends and the middle part

  12. Erevos says:

    Well for twenty Euros it wouldn’t be hard using two cabinet doors and placing ‘em one over the other. And presto, it can hold stuff now :)

    Any glossy BLACK cabinets in mind? ;)

  13. Eugene says:

    What’d you use to put underneath the speakers?

  14. Cirrus says:

    I now own the Ikea Galant desk system that uses these same legs. The frame you buy with the leg system makes the desk strong enough to support my 200 pounds (as I replaced a fallen curtain behind it)

    I love my Ikea system but had been using hollow core doors as desks and tables for the last 25 years. They will support computers, speakers, books, sewing machines and small televisions.

  15. Anonymous says:

    You can buy tubular screw-on legs from ikea for AUD$5. I bought an as-is big cabinet wall for $3 and 5 legs (one for the middle to prevent sag), and I had me a large work table.

  16. Mike says:

    By using the PAX door, does that mean the actual desk is only 50cm deep? I really like the idea but wonder if that will be enough for me and my 24″ monitor.

  17. Anonymous says:

    You could also potentially add the Goliat drawer unit (take off the casters) to give added support and have drawers. It comes in white too, or you can paint it to whatever color you want. It may be too short though, I haven’t really tried it out.

  18. Zoky says:

    Very nice hack and look great.

  19. Anonymous says:

    can you post a picture from under de table to see the configuration of the legs, to see how are the structure
    thanks for all

  20. Melynda says:

    Responding to the comment from Anonymous:”You spend 5 grand on apple sh!t and then balk at the desk?”

    Perhaps the reason why he can afford the expensive computer equipment is because he doesn’t waste his money buying needlessly expensive furniture.

    Nice job on the desk! I’d like to know how the high-gloss surface is holding up over time. Scratches?

  21. Anonymous says:

    So what type of door is this? Pax Lomen or is it something else?

  22. Horoscopes says:

    this is brilliant idea, lol, i think i might do the same

  23. Jet Lag says:

    The high gloss has some scratchers now but you can hardlysee them….only when it is exposed to direct sunlight ….yes it is pax lomen and yes this is how iam able to spend 5 grand on apple products

  24. Jakob says:

    How thick is the Pax door? Is it suitable for table legs that are meant for tabletops with more than 3cm?

  25. Bizkitpark says:

    can you post a picture of the table from the bottom ? i want to know how did u attach the legs to the pax door

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