Published on April 27th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Expedit shelves + countertop = optimized work station for long but narrow room

Materials: Expedit shelving units (2 times 2×2, 1 time 2×4), customized countertop, Expedit inserts for 2 drawers, Skubb boxes

Description: We have a long (~4 m) but very narrow (~1.65 m) room in our flat, which has to satisfy a lot of different functions. The first part of the room was already equipped with our cloakroom, but a workspace was missing (including 2 huge printers/scanner) and most important a lot of storage space for household stuff such as flat iron, bottles, tools, towels etc.

First we tried to cope with an old Vika Amon desk (60×120 cm)and an even older Billy (60×202 cm), but that didn’t work fine as we were always annoyed at the legs of the desk which got in the way when we wanted to grab something from the lower part of the shelf. Furthermore, there was a lot of unused space.

So we decided to go for something new. We chose Expedit shelves to be our storage space as they come in a variety of formats, can be equipped with shelves, doors and boxes and look clean and modern. At our home improvement store we bought a customized countertop (165x79x2 cm), which cost about 40€ and matched the colour of our Expedits, and fastened it at each side with screws on a 2×2 and a 2×4 Expedit, respectively.

Then we added a second 2×2 Expedit on top of the first (with the countertop in between) to make use of the room’s height. Again, we fastened it with screws to be more stable. Finally, we added drawers and boxes to our Expedits and put in all that stuff we didn’t know where to store before.

We are pretty happy with the result that uses our available space perfectly, looks both neat and clean and can be easily extended if necessary.

~ Heike, Munich, Germany

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7 Responses to Expedit shelves + countertop = optimized work station for long but narrow room

  1. CR says:

    Love this! It is perfect for my awkwardly shaped apartment. It gives me the room of the L-shaped desk without taking up so much floor space!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Ikea Galant now has a height adjustable desk if you use the T legs

  3. Anonymous says:

    If I remember correctly the IKEA JERKER (discontinued) and the IKEA FREDRIK desks have adjustable heights. Pictures: http://tinyurl.com/cszruul

  4. Anonymous says:

    I see that some of you talk about the height of the desk, any tip to get a desk at 65cm height? I need id for some medical reason and special ergonomics desk cost too many for a student..

  5. Naan says:

    It’s not. We made a desk from expedit and countertop too, and I really love the added height. I put my desk chair a bit higher, and this way it feels a lot more natural/comfortable to use my pivoting foot stand under my desk. It keeps the circulation going, which is quite important to me because of elevated risk for thrombosis (had one, family history makes odds worse, a lot of other factors).

  6. Anonymous says:

    That means your desk is 81+ cm high… whereas standard height is usually closer to 74 cm. Isn’t that a bit uncomfortable?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Love it and want it!!!

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