Vika Amon

Published on October 14th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Workspace Plus Storage

Materials: 3 x VIKA AMON tabletop – 78″, 3 x EXPEDIT shelves – 2×4, flat braces, drawer pull, 10×1 board, white paint

Description: Our spare bedroom serves so many purposes – home office, sewing/knitting/craft room, guest room – too many to name. And until recently, it was also a catch-all for furniture that didn’t fit anywhere else in the house. When we chose to reorganize this space, we knew we wanted lots of desk space and sufficient storage for odds and ends, without losing the floorspace we need for the pull-out bed.

We chose to build an enormous L-shaped desk that wrapped half way around the room using three 78″ Vika tabletops supported by three 2×4 Expedit shelving units set on their sides. This allowed about 9 inches of the tabletop to hang over the shelves so every part of it works as usable desk space with room to tuck your legs in beneath it.

We cut one of the tabletops to fit it into the space, but we were able to hide that edge in a corner so you don’t notice it. We used a few flat brackets to tie the tabletops to one another. Once the tabletops are tied together, the L shape of the unit supports the tabletops so they don’t need to be tied to the shelves.

Because the tabletops are just a bit higher than was comfortable to type, we bought some heavy-duty drawer pulls from the hardware store and a 26 inch piece of 10×1 pine, painted it white to match the rest of the unit and built a pull-out keyboard tray. We used the insides of two of the cubbies to mount the keyboard tray at a comfortable height.

~ E.S.

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Jules Yap

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20 Responses to Workspace Plus Storage

  1. Jacks Carpet says:

    Under table part looks crappy

  2. Anonymous says:

    Omg i love how you used the boxes its both simple and effective ITS GREAT

  3. April Robinson says:

    OMG what a great idea!! Love the colors! I also like that if in the future you don’t want it to be an office anymore, you can change it back to being a regular room… let’s say a baby’s room or something and put all the toys, clothes, diapers, etc by making the desk drawers into kiddy cubby holes. Thanks! Just a side suggestion: if you wanted to make the floors into white and green tile or carpet … here’s some great carpet flooring prices :) Thanks again!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    is that saying the desktop is just sitting on top of the expedits? they aren’t fastened down or secured in any way — (besides to each other)?

  5. Anonymous says:

    We loved this hack so much we almost duplicated it in our tiny spare bedroom. The only thing that the hack doesnt tell you is that the desk top height is slightly high (33′) so you’ll need chairs that raise higher then regular height. We also chose to put in less Expedits so we would have spaces under the desk for leg room. One end of the desk is my vanity space and a corner is the desk.

    Thanks for the great idea!

  6. park says:

    This entire setup is great nice use of space i think this would be comfortable too. I like color combination very room furniture

  7. Anonymous says:

    Where do you keep the pull-out bed?

  8. eva says:

    Amazing, the first time that i saw it , it really capture my eyes because of the green color who emphasize the neatness of the area. everything is well organized and that’s what i really love…nice!

  9. 4565 says:

    Great hack! One question, where did you get the drawer pull, how much?


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  11. IKEA Spotter says:

    It looks wonderful. The color coordination is so exact I fear for the person who would dare introduce another color. Perhaps clashing coffee cup. :)

    Nine inches of counter top overhang before you hit the shelving units is a suitable distance if they are not especially long limbed. Especially for that amount of storage.

    As for the people who comment about the keyboard shelf – They may not be spend hours on end sitting in front of the computer so this set-up is fine for them. I think it is a nice modification and if in the future they decide it doesn’t quite work then they can come back and let us know.

  12. Mel says:

    I love it and I’m totally inspired. Thank you, thank you, thank you :)

  13. sarah says:

    I’ve been wanting to do something like this in our “office” (just a spare bedroom) for just about forever. I already have one Vika Amon tabletop, so I’m 1/3 the way there already. Inspired, indeed!

  14. Pricia says:

    My opinion is the same: one that’s working doesn’t have a place to rest the arms/hands properly and can’t stretch the legs without kicking a box. Or he/she can, if twisted to the side which makes imposible to work properly.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I’m the same opinion like Randy, I don’t think it’s comfortable working because you can’t put your legs under the table.
    So, I think there are some weak points but all in all it’s a nice and large workspace.

  16. nycitysky says:

    Yes yes yes. Really great stuff thank you.

  17. Randy says:

    Very cool!

    Not sure about the workstation area itself though, how does that keyboard tray work exactly? Is it stationary? It appears there are rails for it to slide, but then it has the cross beam of the storage blocking it, strange. Also, wouldn’t your feet be kicking the storage directly in front of where you work?

  18. Anonymous says:

    Those chairs are new I think. I have that same chair too, in black, but last weekend I saw them in this green at our local Ikea.

  19. agepty says:

    How did they color the chairs I have that same chair and would love to do that on my chair

  20. This is a great hack. Best one in a while…

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