Published on August 5th, 2010 | by Jules IKEAHacker


Lack-computer stand

Materials: Lack-wall shelf, Ribba-picture ledge (55cm), 4 screws, 4 Alligator-screw anchors

Description: First we sawed the Ribba-picture ledge in three pieces: 25 centimeters from each side. The remaining piece, from the middle, went to garbage bin.

We put the picture ledge pieces against each side of the wall shelf. Then we drilled two holes to each sides, so we get holes to the shelf too. We cut the necks of the screw anchors away and hammered the anchors in to the holes in the shelf. Next we screwed the picture ledge pieces to the shelf. Now we have a nice computer stand. Your keyboard and mouse can be put under the computer stand and then you have more space in your table!

~ Lauri, Finland

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15 Responses to Lack-computer stand

  1. DJinny says:

    Very good idea, and pretty aesthetic too!

    I have the same mac, a cross between wall-e and his eva!!!!! Luv it and the kids do to!

  2. Nick P says:

    I’ve been looking for a monitor stand for a while but not found anything I like. Decided to try this and just finished now. Looks great and loads more room on my desk!

  3. mike says:

    any idea what the weight capacity is for this hack?

  4. Shay says:

    This is awesome, great work Lauri.

    Can you explain a little more about this: “We cut the necks of the screw anchors away and hammered the anchors in to the holes in the shelf.” – not sure I know what you mean by anchor screws, would you have a link to an image of one?

    Can’t wait to try this out myself.


  5. blu says:

    Just thought I’d drop a comment about the awesomeness of this blog! This hack in particular. I’m gonna be getting a larger desk (by 20cm width) soon and I shall be on it!

    Thanks for maintaining the blog!


  6. Bonnie says:

    I think I am going to give this a try. I am going to use Liquid Nails instead of screwing the piece together and see if it holds up. I will post back. Thanks for sharing such a practical and aesthetically pleasing hack.

  7. sticky says:

    I had to alter the design as my PC desk is beech with black metal fittings. I bought the beech effect shelf from IKEA and some black furniture legs from B&Q. The result matches my setup better (and it has adjustable height via the legs), but I admit that it doesn’t look as good as the original.

    Here’s a link to the photo:

  8. Chris says:

    Awesome little hack. I just made one in black for my desk at the office so that I can slide my laptop underneath when I am using the external monitor. I also added some wood glue in addition to the screws when putting it together, just to make sure.

    Sorry for the poor cell phone pic, but here is mine…

  9. Anonymous says:


    What he means is that instead of using full length wall anchors (those little plastic things that spread out when you put a screw into them that you use when hanging shelves) he cut them down so they’d fit inside the shelf; then when he put the screws in he could be sure they were staying put :)

    Hope this helps!

  10. ale says:

    Very nice! It’s right proportions.

  11. Shay says:

    Ah got it !! Thanks for clarifying for me.


  12. Neri says:

    Did it using double-sided Tape – works!
    Great Hack – thanks, Lauri!

  13. 4565 says:

    I wonder how much weight those picture ledges could hold. It looks really cool, and I’m thinking to do it for my TV stand but I’m afraid it might break. Any thoughts? TV is 32″ flat screen

  14. Andy says:

    My monitor is sitting on this right now. It’s great.

    I added a Dioder LED set underneath to provide some ambient light which works really well. 3 of the lights fit nicely underneath the stand.

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