Published on December 8th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Kitchen worktop desk!

Materials: Two Walnut PRÄGEL Worktops, 1 White Malm (3 drawers).

Description: I am a university student, and as such require a lot of desk space.

One thing that stores never seem to offer is large desk spaces at affordable prices, or of tasteful / useful design for what I was after.

This lead me down to Ikea to see what parts could be used together to make a nice wall-length desk for my workspace.

After finding the lovely kitchen worktops called “PRÄGEL”, I chose the colour I felt would match my blue walls. I didn’t just want the worktops though, I needed some drawer space so went for a lovely Malm in white which I felt matched the worktop and my room colours perfectly.

Because the drawers were too high, the top of the drawers unit was not used and instead the worktop took its place. Also the bottom of the drawer unit was cut down to drop the height down to 720mm, perfect height to use for a desk.

The worktops were attached via brackets to the wall so they are very sturdy, something a basic desk unit would never offer you.

This hack came in very cheap at under £100.

I’ve also added some fairy lights underneath to set the whole desk off nicely.

~ Alex F, United Kingdom

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Jules Yap

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7 Responses to Kitchen worktop desk!

  1. Anonymous says:

    nice work Alex!!! and nice apple bytheway…

    this looks really practically. got to do the same.

  2. Alex F says:

    They are not granite worktops. They are wood.

    They are held up by the sort of brackets you may use with a normal wooden kitchen worktop. It could probably do with some more bracing, but right now its definitely holding up well enough.

    Cheers, Alex.

  3. Kitchen Worktops Kent says:

    Wow..this has become a real cosy workplace. Brilliant idea. But i am bit confused. Whats supporting the weight of this granite block.I hope its not the chest in between! I may ne some hinges in the wall i guess. Overall its quite good.

  4. Anonymous says:

    How did you attach this to the wall? What kind of brackets did you use?

  5. Very nice! Never seen one build like this, with only one cupboard / drawers in the middle :)

  6. Alex F says:

    Norsehawk, thanks for the kind words, I am glad I have inspired you and given you ideas.


  7. Norsehawk says:

    That’s brilliant! First thing I did after seeing this was to grab the tape measure to see if it would work in my apartment, sadly it does not look like it would, not without carving away one end of the countertop, so a Lagan or Numenar would probably have to be used instead due to the solid wood. Thanks for the awesome idea!

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