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Published on March 17th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Mikael unwired

Beth gets the wires out of sight on her Mikael desk.

She says, “I just did a nice little ikea hack and thought I would share. It’s involving the Mikael computer table on casters in the all white color. I was beyond tired of being able to see the nasty tangle of computer cords hanging down in the back. Cords are a necessary evil, yes, but still evil! So I decided to cover the back of the computer desk to hide them from view.

I went to Lowe’s and bought a piece of precut wainscoting for $7.46. I then had it trimmed down to the right size (26″ tall by 29.5″ wide). Once I got home I realized I would have to cut out a panel so that my computer wouldn’t overheat. So I trimmed it 8.5″ from the top and 8.75″ from the right.

Then I pre-drilled some holes in the corners and on the sides and nailed it on to the back of the computer desk. I also took off the top panel that came with the desk so that you can see the wainscoting throughout. Problem solved, you can’t see the ugly cords anymore! Plus it gives it a nice polished look, kind of mixing modern with traditional styles. All in all it took about 2 hours and cost less than $10.”

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Jules Yap

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16 Responses to Mikael unwired

  1. Anonymous says:

    to much mac..

  2. DJinny says:

    i think the hack is much better than attaching cords together! or putting a cord management system!
    It looks awesome!

  3. prue says:

    actually, the signum cost, depending on the type you buy, also between 5 and 10 $. to be honest, I think this hack might actually have been the more elegant solution than having those dangling pouches, probably still in relatively plain view….

  4. Anonymous says:

    Or you can mount the SIGNUM cable management rack to the back panel, and, voila, no cables!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Waste of time.. could have just used zip ties and bundled up the cords, tucking them out of sight.

  6. Robj98168 says:

    Very cool. I like the fact you didn’t go and buy a $500 desk for your computer. And in deference to “Anonymous” the reason some folks have expensive computer set ups is they are willing to hack the furniture to get whay they want. Anyway you got a nice desk and it didn’t break the bank!

  7. FILMBOT says:

    Can you imagine sitting at that desk, all close with a huge screen. Its like IMAX at home. Next step, 3D!

  8. stina says:

    I dont get it. Whats the hack…?

  9. Ryan says:

    Good hack. More useful than most I see on here. Well done.

  10. wolfskind says:

    Original Mikael:
    Beth added something like a backside.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I dont see any difference in the pictures?! (other than the chair)

  12. jj says:

    Its University of North Texas :P

  13. Amy Lynn says:

    Thank you, I have this desk, and I NEEDED this hack!!

  14. Mrs.Vickie says:

    Perhaps they bought the desk before the awesome computer. But nice and crisp.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I’d like to pretend that diploma says “University of North Korea”.

    Good hack anyway, very clean look overall.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Wait – you’ve got a 30′ Cinema Display for like 1800$, a Mac Pro for at least 2500$, speakers for about 100$, a little plastic cow for 5$ – and then you buy a desk for 50$? Come on. You should be at your local IKEA buying a new desk which is mentionable wider than the display, e.g. the ‘big’ Mikael.

    Despite this I like your hack :)

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