Published on March 1st, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Low Budget Table Top Shelf + Cable Solution

Low Budget Table Top Shelf + Cable Solution

Materials: BESTA VARA Drawer Front, RATIONELL VARIERA Shelf Insert, BILLY Book-end

Description: For an extremely low budget hack, after various different combination in mind, I’ve decided to go with these.

The reason I used BESTA VARA drawer front as a shelf was because the size was exactly what I wanted without sawing and stuff. Also the drawer has grooves that can be used to do something like a sliding door but I didn’t use it for this project.

For the leg, I used RATIONELL VARIERA shelf’s leg instead of the more popular CAPITA legs cause it’s cheaper and I can make full used of the metal shelf as well.

Low Budget Table Top Shelf + Cable Solution
Low Budget Table Top Shelf + Cable Solution
Low Budget Table Top Shelf + Cable Solution
Low Budget Table Top Shelf + Cable Solution

Screw the leg to shelf with small screws. The one came with the shelf can’t be used as those were flat based screws.

Using a plier or hammer, flatten the two wide side of the metal shelf to be used as a wall.

Then pressed the left/right side with a plier so it will wrap the leg in between a little bit to make the wall stand in place.

Place the BILLY Book-end in between the two legs/ wall to hide the gap. The door can still be pulled open softly to hide all your messy cabling and harddisk in the hidden area.

~ Imchaser, Singapore

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8 Responses to Low Budget Table Top Shelf + Cable Solution

  1. Anonymous says:

    hi what laptop is that?

  2. manony says:

    Awesome idea! I also keep my cables on top of my desk for easy acces and have been looking for a solution to hide that awful clutter. Your solution looks really great, I think I’ll give it a try! Thanks for sharing! :)

  3. LJCTJ says:

    I love your Tadao Ando clock in the background!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Great idea! Quite inspiring, also for different hacks. Then, I quite dislike Capita legs, this is a brilliant alternative.
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. majeral says:

    How do you feel about coming to Texas and doing that ? lol
    love it

  6. Anonymous says:

    Brilliant idea!!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Thanks, the desk is the common Vika Amon white table top. Its just i flipped it cos I like the bottom fibreboard material more and also its kinda great for some sketching on it.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Very creative by combining the two ikea product. I have expensive cable organizer under the table, however your idea is brilliant. by the way. where did you got your desk from ?

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