Published on June 30th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


An Expedit-ed Workspace

Materials: 2 Expedit 2×4 Bookcases, 1 VIKA KAJ leg, 1 Lack shelf, 4 Capita legs

Description: When I first moved two years ago I purchased an Expedit 2×4 Bookcase and laid it on its side against my main wall because I liked that look. I had a Lack shelf of the same color from a previous apartment, so to add some storage I attached some Capita legs from the clearance section onto that and made a little top shelf.

Later on, I wanted more desk space and a well-coordinated living room/office, so I got an identical Expedit case, cut 45-degree angles at the ends of both long pieces, and put together an Expedit-based desk. A VIKA KAJ leg at the wall-facing corner keeps everything stable.

If you wish to pull off a similar hack, take plenty of time to measure the 45-degreee cuts, paint the interior connector pieces (you cram those into the honeycombed paper inside the cut shelves for stability and to connect it) before assembling the finished product. Also, measure the VIKA leg, as the desk will have to settle into place if put on carpet.

Altogether, I’m happy with the way this area looks, and even happier with the tons of workspace it affords me. The whiteboards on the walls are a big bonus, too. Just get some melamine panels at your local hardware store and anchor to suit.

See more photos of the Expedit desk.

~ Brad Czerniak, Canton, MI

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Jules Yap

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12 Responses to An Expedit-ed Workspace

  1. Anonymous says:

    hey – how does the join look when you put the two pieces together? is it clean? did you have to paint it? how did you bind them together?

    cool project – thanks!

  2. IMI says:

    hmmmm…. you have got me thinking. I hate looking at my office clutter and I’m wondering if I can fashion a small desk top on a hinge of the expedit bookcase – then fold it up and hook it like the old secretary desks. I wonder if there’s a way so the leg would be flat and look like a design piece or hide it somehow?

    But I like the idea and the desks they have for these bookcases are ugly.

  3. Coco says:

    Where did you purchase those large whiteboards?? I’m looking to make a similar layout in my studio. Thanks for posting this! Great work!

  4. Brad says:

    Thanks everybody for the nice comments!

    Anonymous – You can SO make a desk like this – I’m definitely no carpenter.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Like that Mountain Dew :-)
    Greetings from germany!

  6. Anonymous says:

    great concept. you probably need some cablox under the desk for the tangled wires.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I love this, as I wish Expedit would make some nicer desks to match their bookcases. Their current desk is huge and chunky, I’d love a thin one the same width as the bookcase (great for kids).
    I’m not as talented as you and your hack is a little too complex for my pathetic skills – so i’ll simply envy and wish.

  8. settingbrushfires says:

    I really like the idea of using the Capita legs on the Lack shelf.

  9. pminteriordesign says:

    Thanks for your presentation and I appreciate that!
    Keep up your good work. I will come here regularly for news.

  10. wow such awesome indeed..love it

  11. iamronel says:

    these was great

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