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Published on February 13th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


A hybrid of three previous IkeaHacker standing desks

IkeaHacker standing desks

Materials: EXPEDIT 2X2 x2, LACK wall shelf x4, VIKA AMON table top x1, EKBY TÖRE x2, ANTONIUS shelf x1, screws from FIXA, washers, screwdriver and drill, measuring tape and pencil, and STIG bar stool.

Description: I really liked the various standing desks shown on IkeaHackers but none of them were quite right, so I hacked three IkeaHacker hacks!

Before going shopping, I chose these elements for their approximate height after doing some ergonomic measurements. My forearms rest on the VIKA AMON table top at 42″ above the floor (a little high but not bad), and the top of my computer screen is at about 59″.

IkeaHacker standing desks
IkeaHacker standing desks
IkeaHacker standing desks
IkeaHacker standing desks

First, assemble your EXPEDIT 2×2 shelves.
Second, flip over the VIKA AMON table top (henceforth called VA) so that the brown side is up.

Third, note that 2 LACK wall shelves line up perfectly with a VA. Measure & note with pencil the location of where screws will need to be in VA to support the two LACK. Or, you could pretend VA is a wall and follow the instructions for installing a LACK as a wall shelf.

Fourth, pre-drill holes for screws to go into. Also note if you’ve set it up so that the screws are going through the solid wood or the cardboard filling of VA. Make adjustments so that screws are always in solid wood.

Fifth, through trial and adjustment, insert 8 screws at the proper depth to snugly affix the LACK shelves to VA at the edges. This took a while, but it’s important. No wobbles!

Sixth, flip over VA with LACKx4 and adjust EXPEDIT so that the LACK “legs” are midline on the top of EXPEDIT. This creates even force distribution. Then, slide LACK+VA to the back of EXPEDIT, and screw in braces to reduce sliding. This is not 100% secure, so don’t go kicking this, or expecting it to hold up in earthquakes or violent flooding, etc.

Seventh, attach the EKBY TÖRE to ANTONIUS. At this point, I used many washers because my screws were too long (would have punched right through ANTONIUS). You also want to make sure it’s fairly level.

Eight, attach the EKBY TÖRE-ANTONIUS complex to the LACK-VA-EXPEDIT complex.

Assemble your back-up sitting device (bar stool). Enjoy!

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~ Electra, Portland, OR, United States

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

5 Responses to A hybrid of three previous IkeaHacker standing desks

  1. Anonymous says:

    Good idea there!… just try moving the 2x2s outward, makes more sense IMO… I have a similar setup… but instead of the Vika Amon on top, I got a 6×1 Expedit resting on 2 2x2s Expedits… it’s a little high but just get yourself a “drafting chair” and you’ll be fine!

  2. Anonymous says:

    3 different colors? Really? This looks like crap stacked in the corner of the “As-Is” section at Ikea. I also agree with the previous commenter, Ikea Hacker used to be an awesome place for inspiration, now anyone who knows how to use a drill is showcased on here.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Enough with the standing desks, already! And the litter box covers. And the bookshelf turned rat cage. This site has really gone downhill. I’d rather just not see a post than see another of the same old thing or see a “hack” that is really just a bunch of junk stacked on top of each other and screwed together. Or bookshelves that magically house… wait for it… books! Isn’t the point of this to see what great things you can make from cheap parts that end up looking like quality custom pieces? Lately it has mostly just been a bunch of junk that still looks like junk. What’s the point in that?

  4. Julie says:

    Just a heads up: “a little high, but not bad” will make your arms / shoulders ache if you use it for very long. It’s easy to fix though – just hack a platform to stand on (big enough to be able to move your feet around a bit – you don’t want to be fixed in one position: movement is the key to comfort) to get the height exactly right ;-) .

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