Work Station

Published on December 9th, 2008 | by Jules Yap


An extra surface for your work top

Another work station. Lawrence was looking for ideas for ways to increase the vertical space on his Galant desk and decided to assemble a platform for the needed flat surface.

He says, “The desk is really deep but a lot of this space gets wasted so I needed some vertical space. I saw people on your site had basically gotten random shelves/doors/pieces of wood and just stuck legs of them so that’s what I decided to do. I made the plinth type thing by buying a Lack side table and attaching 4 21cm (8″) Capita legs to it. I think it fits in really nicely with the desk and provides me with some more room, it also overhangs the gap at the back where I wouldn’t have been able to put anything otherwise.

Not quite a hack but I really took the cable management to town using a Signum cable trunking thing and a lot of cable ties. I also attached some cheap CCFL lights under there that cost about £8 with delivery for four from They’re just hooked up to the computers power supply and have a separate switch to turn them off.”

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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".

8 Responses to An extra surface for your work top

  1. I just did this. Took less than fifteen minutes, start to finish. Thanks for posting this hack.

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  3. Law James says:

    Allie…Because it looked cool when I had the idea in my head. In reality, the lights fell down after a month and I haven’t put them back

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    Noice, different…

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    The box of Kleenex… a must have…

  7. Anonymous says:

    i am not tech-savvy, a geek, or a case-modder, so maybe someone who is can explain to me why you’d put lights under your desk? Is it just better lighting for plugging in cables?


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