Work Station

Published on December 31st, 2009 | by Jules Yap


Work table for sound equipment

Day 365. Phew. I made it.

It’s been a good but exhausting year for me. Working solo from home is not as easy as I thought. But still, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ve learnt lots running my own freelance writing business. Mainly, how not to be so hung up on work. Ha. To realise that other things are just as important as the next paycheck. Getting my health and fitness back on track, strengthening ties that matter, getting enough sleep … they are easy to overlook when a deadline looms.

Anyways, a woman needs to pamper herself so I will be packing my bags and stretching my legs over at Siem Reap, Cambodia. For a change, I’d usher in the year with a good dose of peace, serenity, and hopefully, a fine flute of champagne. Aaah, sipping the bubbly while my eyes feast on the sight of the sun setting over the famed Angkor Wat. A perfect end to a year well spent.

But before I scoot, thank you for sticking with me through the years. For sending in your hacks, for commenting, for cheering me on, for feedback, for constructive criticisms, for writing to me with your funny Ikea stories, for sponsoring this blog, for making Ikeahacker happen. Big hugs and kisses.

With that, I give you the last hack of 2009. This one’s from Magda of Montreal who sends in her husband’s handsome desk hack.

“Here is another Ikea hack made by my two handymen (my husband and my father) and designed by my mom. We needed a work table for my husband, who is a Mac lover and also a sound designer, so he has tons of cables and some weird machines to do sounds. Our house is really small and we don’t have a room for all that stuff. So we just made a great working space in our family room. It was really cheap since I’m a queen of our Ikea store “as is” section.

The top of this table is made with a headboard of a white Malm bed  (found at “as is” section for $10 Canadian!) As you can see on the top (right corner) we drilled a rectangular hole to fit one of my hubby’s weird machine.

The leg is made from an Akurum basic kitchen cabinet. With some shelving inside we were able to hide all our electronic stuff, such as a printer, camera and all the cables needed by my husband. The inside shelf for the printer is a sliding one just to make it easier to print.

Just to make it more appealing in design we placed an Imperativ stainless steel wallpanel (also found in “as is” section) at the front and an Antonius shoe rack (yes, an “as is” item also..) at the back, just to have easy access to our computer and to ensure some ventilation for all the electronic equipment.

The work space , front view.

Sliding shelf for the printer with the stainless steel wall panel on the front part of the kitchen cabinet.

The back panel made of the shoe rack and installed on the back side of the kitchen cabinet (leg of our work station)

Top of the work station with my hubby’s weird machine installed in the rectangular hole made especially for it.

Some additional views…

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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".

18 Responses to Work table for sound equipment

  1. jp says:

    I have been going through the various audio workstation designs here, and I have a few critiques that apply to nearly all of them, especially for ones that are used in professional sound design.

    Good acoustical design practice dictates that the speakers be placed away from the wall (s), and especially away from corners. Also that the tweeters be at or as close to ear level as possible, and that the distance between the speakers and listener be in an equilateral triangle. The question of standing waves in the various rooms is also something to be addressed as well as the acoustic properties of the room, ie absorbent materials, rugs, curtains etc.

    Most if not all of the designs presented here don’t follow any of these guidelines, and while they seem to provide a nice looking clean space, I don’t see how it’s possible to do any serious work in them.

    I am not saying this to be “non appreciative”, rather to simply question the utility of these designs. I am in the planning stage of a rework of my tiny studio, and came here for some ideas, but so far I haven’t seen anything that would result in a relatively neutral audio environment.

  2. Irish Eastie says:

    I also would like to know how they built the sliding shelf. This would be a great setup for me to copy on my desk :D

    I am going to hunt down a cabinet this weekend for the desk, maybe the desktop also!

  3. Not a bad hack! Good idea!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    How did you build the sliding shelf? I totally want to build this to get my printer/scanner/wacom off my desk.

  5. anonikate says:

    (How) is it attached to the wall on the right? Thanks!

  6. Kevin Fields says:

    Very nice and creative way to put everything together! I should get off my duff in 2010 and do something similar for our overcrowded bedroom/office/entertainment center :D

  7. Anonymous says:

    Stainless wall panel – from Ikea, too?

  8. Anonymous says:

    It’s an analogue synthesizer, SE-1 from Studio Electronic, a clone of the classic Moog’s Minimoog. But I have more bizarre noise making tools in software!
    The Hubby ;-)

  9. voltcontrol says:

    Cool, clean hack! What IS that weird device though?

  10. MyFuZZyButtZ says:

    I’d take ‘hubby’ any day over hearing a wife or girlfriend referred to as ‘old lady!’

    The desk is quite nice! I especially like the clean look of the steel front, and the slide out drawer! Good Job!

  11. Anonymous says:

    I’m sorry but my english isn’t prerfect :( . Sorry for that but I’m glade you liked my hack.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for everything! I’ve been lurking for a while and draw a lot of inspiration from your work.
    To the current hack-writess: “hubby” is quite possibly the worst word I’ve heard in a long time. On topic: nice hack!

  13. Alexandra says:

    another “birdlover” here :) They’re beautiful

  14. Kevin May says:

    I want those bird decals!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Thank you very much :) . As for the birds they are decals made from vinyle (I made them myself :) )

  16. All that and nice birds on the wall! Excellent!

  17. Patrick L. says:

    Very very cool.

    Question, are the birds painted on the wall or are they decals?

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