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Published on October 2nd, 2009 | by Jules Yap


Finally, an ergonomic desk!

Joel and Mandy

“We had an old Ikea desk that wasn’t ergonomic. In fact, none of the desks at Ikea are ergonomic! So we decided to build one ourselves using Vika parts (Furusund, Byske, Fintorp) and created a nifty second tier on top by mounting two Knuff magazine files sideways. The end result is a desk with tabletop cubbies, hidden wires, a top drawer charging station, and a hot, sliding keyboard tray. And did I mention it’s ergonomic?”

The old desk

Ikea Furusund

And the complete new ergonomic desk

Here is the Flickr photo set with instructions. Check out the video of them putting the hack together too.

Other desk jobs:
- This is no wallflower
- Study and dog room remodel
- Laundry room desk
- Cozy workstation for tiny alcove

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The Author

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".

14 Responses to Finally, an ergonomic desk!

  1. Jan Brml says:

    Love it ! Not only the hack, but also the video !!

  2. Mandy says:

    Thanks, everyone!

  3. Alberto Tavolini says:

    WOW! That’s some great work you are doing there! I love how the desk looks and the color is also great. I also have a blog about many different kinds of tables and chairs so check it out if you want and tell me what you think.

  4. Mercredi says:

    Thanks for the clarification on what makes the desk ergonomic. I’ve seen a lot of people claiming that a desk is automatically ergonomic just because it has a (non-adjustable) keyboard shelf, so it’s become a pet peeve. (And even the best desk in the world won’t help you if the chair is too short – a serious problem for me, as I’m 5’4″).

  5. Mandy says:

    I added a couple photos on the Flickr set that shows why this desk is ergonomic.

    Thanks for the compliments!

  6. Mandy says:

    There are certain specifics that make a desk ergonomic, and yes we are using the word correctly. First, it is the right height for us when sitting in our chair with our feet flat on the floor. Second, the pull out tray is the right height in relation to the seated position so that our wrists are in line with our elbows when using the keyboard. Third, the monitor is the right height and distance away. If you’re leaning in toward your monitor, it’s too far away. If you’re slouching to look at it, it’s too low.

    The problem with most Ikea desks is that the keyboard has to be on the same surface as the monitor. That is never ergonomic. You would either have to place the monitor on a raised platform to meet ergonomic standards, or else you’ll slouch in order to look at it properly. Also, most of their pre-made desks are more suited for writing or using a laptop than full-time work at a desktop computer. You have to assemble the desk yourself to get something that is right for your body at the standard seated position.

    This hack is to show you that with a little planning, anyone can build a desk at Ikea that suits them. That’s the beauty of it. Before I built this desk, I endured months of physical therapy and steroid treatments for my back. Once I started using this desk, I haven’t had any problems. I owe it to Ikea for giving us not only creative freedom, but a way to customize their products to fit every need.

  7. Nakiya @ Taste of Baltimore says:

    You won a blog award from me :)

    Thanks for all you do!

  8. NickIQ says:

    Exactly. Ergonomic is a quality, not a feature.

  9. What makes a desk ergonomic? As long as it’s the right height then it should be ergonomic.

  10. NickIQ says:

    How are you defining ergonomic? Your product is nice, and I like the pictures and instruction, but I don’t think you’re using the word correctly, and I think you’re wrong about ikea not having anything ergonomic. All it means is that the desk is suited to the operator for reducing fatigue, discomfort and injury.

  11. I don’t really see what makes this desk particularly ergonomic. Is it more than just the keyboard tray?

  12. Anonymous says:

    Now the cat has nowhere to sleep :(

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