Published on June 21st, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Wall of EXPEDIT: Workspace Plus Storage Plus TV

3 of 2×2 IKEA EXPEDIT, 2 of 2×4 EXPEDIT, 1 VIKA AMON 59” Tabletop, 2 stair baluster/spindles, cable outlet kit

Description: The objective for this project was to create a wall full of storage, a TV unit and a well-lit sewing workspace for one person. We had the perfect opportunity because we were finishing our basement, and so we were able to work with lighting options not normally available. We also had a unique challenge with a large box in the middle of the wall where plumbing is hidden.

This hack was similar to “Workspace Plus Storage“, hence my title. Learning from that, we made sure that our VIKA AMON tabletop was the deepest possible (60” x 30”), so there is 15” of space for your legs under the tabletop. The height of the desk was a bit awkward at 33” (in between a bar height and table height), so we used special stools. The height is actually great with the stools because it can be used while standing for short periods of time also.

There is more than adequate lighting considering that it is a basement (walkout), and overall we are very pleased with the results. I hope you can learn from this hack, just as I was guided by “Workspace Plus Storage”. I will try to respond to any questions or comments left below!


1) Assembled EXPEDITs and placed them in desired location. There are 2 EXPEDITs under the TV back to back. On the right of that is a 2×2 EXPEDIT on top of a upright 2×4 EXPEDIT. Next to that is a overturned (sideways) 2×4 EXPEDIT beneath the tabletop. The plumbing “box” is behind the tall stack of EXPEDITS.

2)Attached spindle/legs to the bottom of the table top:
A) Screwed wooden leg into white, wooden block from the top
B) Screwed the white block into the VIKA AMON tabletop from underneath (Did not pre-drill first) (See images)

3) Attached some felt pads from the EXPEDITS to the top of the sideways long EXPEDIT to rectify the gap caused by the floor’s unevenness

4) Screwed VIKA AMON tabletop into long EXPEDIT using two small brackets (pre-drilled first) (This step was to prevent movement of the tabletop only, not for support)

5) Used a cable grommet and drill bit similar to the ones in the IKEA SIGNUM Cable Outlet Kit. I had to take out the drill bit, remove the excess wood, and drill again 3 times because of the thickness of the EXPEDIT and VIKA AMON together.

~ Daniel G., Aurora, ON, Canada

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16 Responses to Wall of EXPEDIT: Workspace Plus Storage Plus TV

  1. shannon says:

    What size stool with the desk?

  2. Anonymous says:

    I think this would look nicer if you swapped the 2×2 and the 2×4 around… 2×2 on the floor, so the top “thick bit” would meet up with the same parts on the the others. Other than that, very nice.

  3. lauren hope says:

    omg! this is so perfect! just the inspiration i was looking for. my dad has like 12 of the spindles left over from an old house of theirs. i needed a cheap way to use these bookcases to make a desk (and kitty condo, then combine them together for my spare room in my apartment.) this is just perfect!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I really like this set-up. I wonder if anyone has used Expedit bookshelves plus the L-shaped desk that attaches in a kitchen area? I need more storage in my kitchen, and I’m thinking that the desk could be used as a table and the bookshelves used to store extra dishes, linen, etc.

  5. Daniel G says:

    Thanks again for the great comments!

    Anonymous- I didn’t actually fasten them together as there is a small door behind them for the plumbing components that need to be accessed twice annually. If we were to have fastened them, I would have just used the IKEA brackets to attach both to the wall.

    Other Anonymous- We considered the other IKEA adjustable legs, but we didn’t like the stainless steel finish for this application.

    Hope this helps,

  6. Anonymous says:

    Love this! Thanks so much for the creative idea! I am working on hacking three expedits right now! What did you use to fasten your 2X2 to your 2X4 did you just screw right into them or did you use brackets? Just curious b/c I have seen it both ways.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I love it. I wonder if the IKEA adjustable legs would work as well? Nice job!

  8. Daniel G says:

    Hi everyone,
    Thanks for the positive feedback!
    The pendants are from Home Depot in Canada. EGLO Crash Pendant Light $60 each or $170 for a single box set of 3. http://www.homedepot.ca/product/crash-pendant-light-matte-nickel-with-satin-crackle-gass/934986

    Glad that this can benefit you all!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Good job! Looks really great. What’s the name of those lamps? (can’t find them O:-) )

  10. Ari Z says:

    That is an impressive amount of storage space. I can see this idea working perfectly in a garaage or kids room. The tabletop over the EXPEDITs is a very clever idea. Maximum storage and counter space!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Nice. I especially like the 2×4 expedit countertop section

  12. So stinkin clever. I always wished I could use these as a desk but I don’t have a brain that thinks like this regarding design. And I already have a couple of these so this is so doable! Thank you a bunch for sharing this! :)

  13. Jaeleen says:

    Amazing job ~ it looks wonderful!

  14. Anonymous says:

    It looks very nice! Good Job!

  15. tösabiten says:

    This looks really great and I think I’m going to change my work space to this instead of what I planned before. It looks so well planned and space efficient.

    Thanks for the great idea!


  16. Renie says:

    I really like the expedit desk.. nice job

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