Vika Curry

Published on October 7th, 2010 | by Jules IKEAHacker

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Vika Flying V Desk





Materials: 2 Vika Grevsta, 6 Vika Curry in Black, 3 thick steel lumber bracing plates, A drill and Lots of round headed screws! (Size 8 x 1″)

Description: While searching high and low for a desk that will multitask (Hold my computer and arts & crafts) we ran across the Vika series in Ikea. The prices were just right however the size was a little smaller than I had in mind. So we decided to create an L-Shaped desk out of 2 Vika Grevstas. In order to accomplish this, we bought some thick steel lumber bracing plates at the local hardware store, some screws, 6 legs for the desk, and 2 desk tops. It is important that the desk tops be SOLID material, I note this because some of the Vika Series are simply honeycomb in the middle and would not hold the screws properly for the bracing.

Anyway, when we got everything home, we assembled the two desks separately with only 3 legs in each table. (So that you won’t bang your knee when you swivel.) We then turned everything upright and marked the holes for the bracing plates. When that was finished we turned the desk over and drilled pilot holes with a 1/8″ drill bit for the screws that would hold everything together.

Once the pilot holes were screwed into each desktop, we put everything back upright and drilled the screws into the bracing plates. TADA! One really big awesome desk for less than $160. (I wouldn’t recommend putting anything terribly heavy over the place where the 2 pieces connect. It should be rather sturdy, but I wouldn’t trust standing on it…

~ Christine, Orlando, FL

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5 Responses to Vika Flying V Desk

  1. Anonymous says:

    Just a hint about controlling your under-desk cables. I have finally solved this by screwing a wire basket (18 ins long x 5 x 5 or similar size)) directly under the multiple power source and stowing all the spare cables in the basket, just leaving enough to feed the various bits of equipment on the desk top. Hope this helps – Peter-D, France.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Wow… you might want to get some of that cheap wire organizer they also sell at IKEA in the lighting dept to clean up under your desk. Those wires are everywhere!! I mean, you worked SO hard on making the desk look good but those wires…

  3. Anonymous says:

    Relax folks, they’re only cables.

  4. CommuterDan says:

    If you move the leg near the connection over a few inches to straddle the connection, the load from the desk with the monitor would rest on the leg too, not just upon the connection of the joint.
    I love the clear and unobstructed spaces you’ve created both above and below the desk.
    Nice hack.

  5. Sohan Fernando says:

    Leave the existing leg where it is near the connection; but put another leg right next to that, on the other table. (In other words, for the short side of the L, use all four legs – the 4th leg will not get in the way.) That way it’ll be even stronger than CommuterDan’s suggestion above. It may look a bit odd but will greatly increase strength.
    Sohan f

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