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Published on March 26th, 2009 | by Jules Yap


Customised bay window desk

Lee does a customised desk to fit a bay window using a Plywood panel and two Ikea Apa storage boxes.

He says, “I had a big trestle table in my bedroom that I was using as a computer desk. Behind my bedhead was a bay window, which was wasted space. I decided to build a custom-fit desk to use that space and claw back some space for myself. I had a thick plywood top custom-cut very cheaply, then used two Ikea Apa storage boxes as the legs. By leaving the inserts out of the narrow sides, I have made spaces for my two
towers that I can easily get at.

I covered the leftover panels with the same fabric I used on the plywood top to make two folding screens. These sit outside of each box and hide my computer cables and a waste bin. I used the lids of the two storage boxes as extra legs in between the two boxes. I now have a great computer desk and about 2 1/2 square meters of extra space in my bedroom.”

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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 Customised bay window desk

  1. Chickpea says:

    I wish there was a before and after of this hack (and a clearer picture). I’m having a hard time grasping this one.

  2. Liz says:

    I agree, very clever use of space, and I would love to have a desk in a bay window!

    I do wonder if your computer is getting enough circulation. I know a lot of desktop towers have vents in them so that the internal fans can circulate air and keep the computer from overheating. Maybe having the computer wedged in there is no problem, but you should check and see if it’s running hot.

    Otherwise great hack! I am kind of jealous. :)

  3. buywowgold says:

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  4. Robj98168 says:

    Lee- some of these anonymous folks would bitch if you hung them with a new rope- Very smart use of furniture in a difficult space. Great job!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Nowhere in that link is a post about your Ikea hack…

  6. Dao Tan says:

    please visit my blog, thank you!

  7. Anonymous says:

    I can’t even tell what is going on in that photo…

  8. Anonymous says:

    Since you have come so far, why not spend an additional 4 seconds on taking a photo that is not blurred?

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