Published on December 14th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Hidden Workbench in a Bookshelf

Materials: Ivar – shelf, Nobro-folding table

Description: Since space is very rare in my flat I made a small workbench that is hidden in an IKEA-shelf. I combined a folding table and an IKEA shelf. Then I added some small cabinets with drawers and an adjustable lamp. I had to add some heavy stuff to the bottom of the shelf to prevent it from toppling over.

Old computer displays and scanners that haven’t been ripped for parts yet are very convenient.

Now I have a workbench that’s big has a decent light and can be put away very easy when not in use.

See more of the workbench hidden in a bookshelf.

~ Nikolaus Gradwohl, Vienna

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Jules Yap

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4 Responses to Hidden Workbench in a Bookshelf

  1. Kath says:

    great idea, it would make a good crafting or sewing station too.

  2. yrnamehere says:

    Wow, I’ve been planning for several months to do basically this exact same hack. I have all the parts ready and everything, I’m just waiting until I can clear the space I need. Looking at the pictures, mine will look a little different because I will use the shallow Ivar and mount the Norbo to the wall, but I’m glad to see all the dimensions work and the final product looks great.

  3. Berit says:

    I adore this–what a great thing!

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