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Published on June 22nd, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Work/Play/Storage For Two

Materials: [2] 2×4 Expedit, [1] 2×2 Expedit, [2] Lack 43″ Wall Shelves, [2] Vika Amon 59″ Table Tops, [4] Drona Boxes, [2] 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

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10 Responses to Work/Play/Storage For Two

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for this great idea!! We were just at ikea and got all the supplies we needed. This is really the perfect solution for a dual workspace for us.

  2. Anonymous says:

    This is really cool!

  3. Anonymous says:


    You’re right about the top being higher. Being 6′ 3″, it doesn’t bother me much, since most desks are too low for me, anyway. My wife and I just raised our desk chairs a little higher than normal, and it really hasn’t been much of an issue. As far as chair space, it’s a tight fit on the “left” side, but nothing too uncomfortable. I would chalk this up to personal preference, though.

    While it’s not the right height for a standing desk, it’s the perfect height for working on projects, and that was something we had factored in, as well.

    Thanks for all the comments, everyone!


  4. prue says:

    sunny, couldn’t you use the Vika Annefors or Alex instead? It’s lower (70cm) and shorter (58 cm). You could put two of them back to back at each end of the table and then top them with a Vika tabletop that’s 60 cm deep. There are even superlong ones (200 cm) in case you have a long but narrow room. You could also put more storage underneath in the middle, for things you don’t need so often, or put two Alexes on each side at each end (8 in total). Wouldn’t be that cheap anymore, of course….

  5. sunny says:

    The images make it look wonderful & I was going to base my room on your examples. but 2 things have stopped me & this may be a consideration others would want to know.

    - Desks are most comfy (& ergonomic)at 70cm tall (I prefer 74cm to be exact). This desk would be 82.4 cm tall – making it too tall for a standard desk & too short for a standing work station. (heights are according to ikea parts (EXPEDIT at 79cm tall + VIKA AMON table top at 3.4cm thick)

    - one side of the room (I’ll call it the left side, where the black chair is) is too small to fit the second EXPEDIT 2×2. I have the same issue in my room. It’s too small to fit by around 17 cm. This would also mean the left hand side of the room only has clearance of 65cm for a chair… The chair can barely swivel on the spot. Total length of 2xEXPEDIT(2by2)+EXPEDIT(2by4)=307CM. My room is 290cm. I’m not sure what yours is, but if your in a 2 bedroom house, I’me sure you would have chosen the smaller of the 2 rooms (the non-master bedroom) to host your computer desk.

    Simply, the solution in the room, though looking great, doesn’t fit, nor is practical from an ergonomic sense.

    I’m bummed I can’t use it :(

  6. If you made it even bigger, you could put the mattress ON the desk!

  7. Anonymous says:

    nice hack!

  8. Strike First says:

    AZ isn’t far from FL…would you please come build it for me??? It is awesome! Exactly what I want/need!!!!

  9. Maria says:


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