Published on February 4th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Custom computer desk

Materials: Faktum, Rationell

Description: Because I couldn’t find a computer desk that was satisfied me, I decided to build one.

The base consists of 3 Faktum kitchen cabinets with Applad doors, placed directly on the floor (on felt pads) to get the proper height. I wallpapered the sides of the cabinets to make them more interesting. I had wanted to use Nexus oak side panels and doors, but these were unavailable, and maybe wallpaper is better for my wireless reception anyway. The printer and scanner are mounted on Rationell drawers (in retrospect the scanner didn’t require a “deep” drawer).

The cabinet that houses the CPU was provided with a ventilation grille that also functions as access panel to the rear of the unit.

The desktop is an oiled oak countertop (non-IKEA). I cut a heat venting slot over the CPU cabinet, covered with a removable oak grille. Because the grille is wider than the cabinet, the slot also allows cables to run between the cabinets.

Cost was 90€ for the solid oak desktop and about 150€ for the IKEA items.

~ Eli, Belgium

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6 Responses to Custom computer desk

  1. Anonymous says:

    Very clean workstation. Good job.

    I would not worry too much about heat, your cabinet is large, you should have lots of air moving around your computer case.

    If you start to get unexplained “blue screens”, a symptom of an over-heating problem, you can always mount a fan on the cabinet vent to force cooler air into the cabinet.

  2. Eli says:

    Since posting this, I have put some dioder leds on different points of the desk.

    There is noticeable airflow into the side vent and out the top, CPU temperatures seem nominal and fans are not running at maximum, so I think it’s fairly safe. I can always open the cabinet door on hot days, in which case airflow should be at least as good as in an Alve type computer cabinet. Having the door closed really cuts down on the noise, though.

    I was originally planning to have an extra vent in the cabinet door, and this is still an easy-to add option if I ever run into temperature issues…

  3. Use the new home living furniture can make your interior compact.

  4. Michael says:

    Very nice desk! Have you run tests on the core temperature of your computer? Unless I’m missing something, it doesn’t seem like you’re going to get sufficient airflow.

  5. katiefoutz says:

    Look at all the built-in ventilation! Nice work.

  6. Anonymous says:

    BTW, leaving your computer in an area with poor air circulation is an extremely bad idea!

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