Published on January 25th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Split Level Jerker Desk

Split Level Jerker Desk

Jerker table, Grundtal lamp

How do you make the best desk in the world better? Buy a second hand one from the internet as a parts desk and add it on to yours. I took the top of a Jerker table and made a split level for my 24″ monitor and bookshelf speakers.

Split Level Jerker Desk

When I need to use my desk, I slide my mouse and keyboard underneath the split level and go about my business. I also picked up a swing arm with no shelf so I went to Ikea’s “as-is” section and found a nice lacquer cabinet door to do the trick. Finally, I wanted better lighting, but didn’t want an arm sticking out from the lamp, so I went with a Grundtal kitchen fluorescent lamp and mounted it underneath the top shelf. I ran all the cables down the sides of the Jerker desk and secured them neatly with zipties along the holes of the table legs.

~ Will

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Jules Yap

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7 Responses to Split Level Jerker Desk

  1. Randy says:

    I have a Jerker desk for sale In Austin, TX

  2. Willem says:

    I think you’d better move the lamp a bit backwards to get some light behind the screen instead of on the screen (unless the lamp “swivels”, that may solve the glare.

  3. Anonymous says:

    My Jerker came like that. I’m not sure what the hack is.

  4. Anonymous says:

    This is a hack? That’s what the Jerker was designed for. I have one since 97 and use 3 levels plus the desk top, plus the phone swing out and printer swing out.

    • Jennifer says:

      That’s what I was thinking. My Jerker looks pretty much like the picture (except my supports are black instead of brown) and I wouldn’t say I’ve hacked it, just put it together out of it’s component parts.
      I suppose the attaching of a door to the swing arm could possibly count?

  5. Anonymous says:

    what do you find yourself doing at this jerker desk?

  6. Anonymous says:

    I did the same thing with my Galant by finding a matching hardwood shelf and putting some Capita legs on the corners to make a riser. It really does make a big difference in allowing more workspace. It also puts my monitor at the proper ergonomic height for me.

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