Published on January 7th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


mATX computer in a MICKE drawer unit

mATX computer in a MICKE drawer unit

MICKE drawer unit, computer chasis, dremel tool, screwdriver

Description: After being sick of looking at my ugly black Coolermaster Cavalier case in my mostly white bedroom I decided to do something about it. I didn’t want a regular computer case as it would probably make me sick sooner or later, so after looking through IKEA folder I decided to go with the MICKE drawer unit which seemed to be big enough to fit an mATX motherboard in the bottom drawer. I ordered a cheap mATX case that I could use as a donor for the frame and motherboard tray, picked up an all white unit from my local Ikea store and got to work…

1. Cut a piece of plywood for the drawer’s bottom as the drawer part that this unit comes with won’t do the trick.

mATX computer in a MICKE drawer unit

2. Cut the computer chasis so you have the motherboard tray along with what has left off of the frame. It’s important not to cut too much as the frame will be usefull to hold HDD cage, usb ports and drawer’s front. I used dremel for cutting.

mATX computer in a MICKE drawer unit

3. Screw the frame to the plywood and install all the hardware. In my case it’s a Gigabyte motherboard, rather outdated AMD X2 4850e, Asus GeForce 250 GTS and 2 HDDs (2TB storage capacity in total).

mATX computer in a MICKE drawer unit

4. Place the power button somewhere convenient (I used double sided tape for that) and ‘front’ USB ports so they are accessible after opening the drawer (zip ties helped me here).

5. Attach the drawer front to the frame (I had to use some spacers to make the front even and flush with the rest of the drawers) and you’re done :)

mATX computer in a MICKE drawer unit

Final notes:
- PSU is at the very back, lying on the plywood – not the greatest solution but works for me,
- I don’t have room for an optical drive – don’t really need it,
- a pretty non existing airflow resulted in the CPU temps under full load hitting 80C with stock cooler so I decided to get something better which brought the temps down to 50C, also got a replacement for the noisy vid card cooler,
- dust is an issue,
- MICKE drawer unit is perfect for such mods. If you don’t really need the storage and won’t mind giving up the two bottom drawers, you can fit pretty much anything in there.

~ Zbyszek, Wrocław, Poland

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13 Responses to mATX computer in a MICKE drawer unit

  1. Anonymous says:

    What desk is that?

  2. Anonymous says:

    “What about the baskets?”

  3. Spooner says:

    …it’s probable ;)

  4. Anonymous says:

    Just out of curiosity really, I saw your name and I was wondering if you are that specific Zbyszek I used to know :)

  5. Anonymous says:


  6. Spooner says:

    @Steven: I’ll try sealing the hardware with plexiglass and see what kind of results I’ll get.

    @Anonymous: dzięki za zwrócenie uwagi. Minęły już czasy kiedy zależało mi na każdym % wydajności, ale poprawię się z tym RAMem ;)

  7. Anonymous says:

    na zdjeciu widac plyte glowna z obsluga ramu na dual-channel, a z tego co widze ramy umieszczone sa w oddzielnych kanalach, nie mam racji? ;-)

  8. My suggestion is to go silent. with one fan pulling air out. you can get a cheap portable disk drive on your desk, its slim and they even have bluray too. You can even get a cheap piece of plexiglass to cover the top from dust of the other drawers

  9. Spooner says:

    @jan – yeah I know that my hardware will be covered in dust sooner or later. Closing the case completely is out of the question and I’d rather not give up the other drawer. But I have an idea that might do the do the trick…

    @ka3 – to jest biurko Ikea Fredrik ;)

  10. ka3 says:

    Dobry patent. Moje pytanie brzmi, co to za półki symetryczne z których zrobiłeś blat (biurko)?

  11. jan says:

    as a former “case modder” i have a few notes:

    - Can’t you close the case? There will be dust all over it in no time… of course you will get heat problems, maybe you can install a fan on the upper side or drill a hole into your drawer case on the side.

    - You can install an optical drive with the “stealth mod” google for it. it is fantastic =) but you’re right… i don’t need mine a lot. that’s why i only have an external one. you could have one in the drawer above, they’re cheap.

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