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Published on October 12th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Hacker help: Desk for a very creative senior

Photo: IKEA.com

Materials: ??

Description: Our Mom lives in a nursing home and we are trying to find a desk that is wide enough and tall enough for her to use in her wheelchair.

Any ideas what sort of desk and legs we could buy from IKEA?

~ Ann Nagel

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7 Responses to Hacker help: Desk for a very creative senior

  1. If it’s possible, it might be better to get really tall legs or a couple sturdy bookshelves and hang the desktop from them with chains, cables, or sturdy nylon rope. That frees up the area underneath for her wheelchair while giving her full access to the desktop. and a reachable height. Maybe the VIKA ARTUR trestle bases (because they have a wide base) could be raised to the highest amount, holes drilled in the corners to pass cable or rope through, and then the VIKA AMON or FURUSKOG table top could have holes drilled in the corners (where the solid wood is in AMON) to pass the rope through that.
    Alternatively, the STOLMEN floor-to-ceiling tension posts ( http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20179940/ ) have been utilized frequently on this site for hanging giant TVs, bicycles and the like, and I bet you could suspend the table from them in a sort of close-to-right triangle way (cable or rope as hypotenuse, table top and post as the legs of the triangle)

  2. elizabeth says:

    Adjustable legs are the best, and the bottom of the table needs to be at least 28″ above the floor to fit most wheelchairs. The desk shown looks perfect.

  3. Anonymous says:

    That desk looks spot on. Adjustable legs, simple design, not a lot to get in the way of the chair. We have similar ones at school that are motorized, but I suspect those cost $$$!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Vika byske legs and Vika amon tabletop, very functional and cheap choice!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Looks like you just found it the picture shown above.

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