Published on June 22nd, 2012 | by Jules IKEAHacker10
Work/Play/Storage For Two
Materials:  2×4 Expedit,  2×2 Expedit,  Lack 43″ Wall Shelves,  Vika Amon 59″ Table Tops,  Drona Boxes,  Kassett Boxes, Assorted Signum Cable Mgt.
Description: My wife and I were downsizing from a 3 bedroom house to a 2 bedroom apartment, so we needed a solution that provided the following:
-Storage (#1 concern)
-Leave adequate room for an air mattress
-A large workspace for our needs/work (education & graphic arts)
I happened upon a similar hack, but I decided to take this one a step further and go for the most storage I could possibly get out of the unit (i.e. by not using basic legs, but rather shelves). The shelves are secured to the tops using simple L brackets, and the tops are held together in the middle by the Signum cable basket. The extra 2×2 Expedit is being used as the printer cart, and some more storage right next to the desk. We added the Drona boxes on the end and the Lack wall shelves for a little more styling.
I pulled the top away from the edge on one side (shown in photo above) for a few reasons: a little more leg room, and it also provided a nice “seat” for my desktop. If you have a micro ATX (like I used to have), you can probably stow the computer on a shelf below the desk fairly easily. Either way, that little shift of the desk top gave us an extra 8″ of legroom, and the top is still securely resting on over half the shelf on that side.
In case anyone is wondering, this is inside a 10′ x 12′ room, and there is still room for a queen sized blow up mattress. The finished size of the top is a massive 59″ x 59″. Perfect semi-permanent solution for us apartment-dwellers (and education majors)!
~ Doug H., Phoenix, AZ