Published on October 27th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Multi-hack Bedroom Desk and Chair

Materials: Vika Leif trestle, 1 Nexus cabinet door from As-Is section, Stefan chair and some IKEA fabric

Description: On my most recent trip to IKEA, I wanted to get a frugally-priced laptop/writing desk and chair for my bedroom.

The one I was thinking about getting was the Laiva, which was only $20. It matched my existing furniture and was small enough to fit in the space I wanted to put it. Well, unfortunately it looked like it only cost $20.

My next try was the Micke at $49. I wasn’t completely sold on it, as it looked a bit juvenile for an adult bedroom, but I went ahead and put it in my basket.

Whenever I make my IKEA pilgrimages, I always check out the As-Is section. You can find a lot of bits and pieces to get creative with as well as some decent furniture with just a few nicks and scratches. I found a Nexus cabinet door, which sells new for $38.00 (15×39), for only $1.99! Yeah, you read that right – one dollar and ninety-nine cents! It was the exact color of my existing furniture and the perfect size for the space in my bedroom.

So I put the Micke back on the shelf and headed upstairs to the showroom to look at leg options to create my own desk. I found the absolutely perfect Vika Leif table base for just $30.00. All I needed to do was to use five 2″ wood screws to attach the Vika Leif to my Nexus cabinet door and, voila, a laptop/writing desk is born!

Of course, I needed a inexpensive chair to go with my inexpensive desk. I found the economically priced Stefan ($19.99) which fit the scale of my desk perfectly. Of course, I can’t leave well enough alone, though. Back down in the Marketplace, I found some lovely black and white print fabric and decided I would cushion and cover Stefan’s seat.

On the way out, I picked up the Hemma lamp base with a Klavsta shade in black and white to complement the fabric for the chair seat. The lamp and shade only set me back $17.99.

In total, my desk/chair/lamp combo only cost $59 (including fabric and cushion).

See more of Laura’s bedroom desk and chair hack.

~ Laura, Virginia

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Jules Yap

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9 Responses to Multi-hack Bedroom Desk and Chair

  1. Anonymous says:

    Laura your handiwork and desk set-up look Absolutely FANTASTIC. No doubt about it. Now, please.. for the Love of God!… please change out the 1960s yellowed-beige electrical outlet and cover plate that your lamp is plugged into, and that are WRECKING the whole scene. You have those nice fresh walls, beautiful furniture and shutters, and lovely carpet. And yet I can’t take my eyes off that train-wreck of a wall outlet. You need WHITE!!! Hurry!!!

  2. Mom to Many says:

    Awesome! Love it!
    This solves a depth problem. Sometimes you just don’t have room for a full depth desk.
    Great job! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Laura says:

    Thanks for the nice comments!
    The Stefan chair was really easy to cover. I bought a cheap foam pad (about 3/4 inch thick) in the craft section of Walmart and cut it to the size of the seat. I had to cut an extra strip for the notched out portion of the strip in the back and glued it in place. Then it’s just a matter of pulling the fabric taut and staple-gunning. Screw the seat back onto the base and you’re done.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Very nice. It fits that corner well and looks classy and timeless.

  5. Anonymous says:

    very nice!

    may i ask how you covered the stefan chair? i have 4 of them and yours looks awesome done with a proper cushion!

  6. Cara says:

    I love how this integrates with your existing furniture! Lovely!

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