Work Station

Published on October 20th, 2008 | by Jules Yap


A desk job

Another workstation out to capture our hearts. Martin puts together this desk from the Effektiv range.

He says, “We painted our room and took out the cabinets. When we put them back we decided we wanted a bookcase at the right end and a desk in the middle. The cabinet that had been there was fitted only with one interior shelf and two doors. We did not reinstall the other wall cabinets.

I took apart the base unit and fitted the top of the cabinet in between the remaining cabinets at a desk height. The remaining pieces had to be shortened to fit between the cabinet and the wall. The base remained the base, but not attached to anything.


The sides of the original cabinet became the lower bookcase shelves. The interior shelf became the top shelf and matched the width of the upper cabinets. The doors had to be cut narrower and matched the width of the upper shelf.

All the pieces had finished edges which made them look like original fittings. I still have the back of the cabinet, but all 4 edges are unfinished.”

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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".

4 Responses to A desk job

  1. phunkone says:

    How did you get bottoms on the tall wall units with doors? It seems like that piece doesn’t normally come with a bottom piece.

  2. Martin says:

    Thanks for posting my conversion. It shows that you can re-purpose parts of existing furniture. That all the visible surfaces were finished made it look finished and certainly better than a shelving unit that would not have fit as tightly and cohesively.

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