Work Station

Published on October 24th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Whiteboard desk

Materials: PERSONLIG kitchen tabletop & Vika Moliden stands

Description: As I’€™m an avid fan of ‘€œpost your desk topics/workspace€ forum threads’, I thought it might be nice to share the IKEA hack in use in my own workspace.

Last year I decided to refurbish my home office, to create a space that enables me to do my work in the most optimum way and of course that is pleasing to the eye. The first thing that came to mind was a whiteboard, I bought a really big one. However its 5 to 6 feet away from my desk and I realized I didn’t use it enough due to ‘€œdistance’.

Sitting behind the desk while on the phone or just using my computer I found myself scribbling on pieces of paper instead of getting out of my chair and walk over to the whiteboard. So I needed a small whiteboard I could grab and use at my desk, sounds like a plan however I like minimalistic designs where as much ‘clutter’ is removed as possible. I needed to come up with something different, enter the whiteboard desk!

Instead of buying a mini whiteboard that needs to be stored when not using it I decided to visit my local IKEA shop and see what’€™s available. While looking at tables, I noticed that the IKEA kitchen department sells customized tabletops (PERSONLIG). Each dimension is possible in almost every shape. I decided to order a 7 feet by 3 feet high-gloss white tabletop (1104) with a 1.49″€ stainless steel edge.

I chose to order the 1.49 inch thick tabletop as I need to have a desktop that is sturdy enough to hold the weight of a 27″ iMac and a 30″€ TFT screen. The stainless steel edge fits snug around the desk and covers each side; it doesn’t stick out and is not noticeable when typing. It looks fantastic however the downside is the price, it was more expensive than the table top itself. The alternative is a laminate cover that looks like it will be worn out easily, while spending most of my time behind my desk I thought it was worth the investment of buying the real thing.

The high-gloss finish acts as the whiteboard surface and works like a charm with any whiteboard markers. I left notes on my desk for multiple days and could be removed without leaving a trace.

The tabletop rest on two IKEA Vika Moliden stands, due to the cast of the shadow its very difficult to notice that the color of the stands do not exactly match the color as the stainless steel edge.

The whiteboard desk is just an awesome piece of furniture, when on the phone I can take notes on my desk while immediately drawing diagrams next to it. It saves a lot of trees, saves a lot of time scrambling for a piece of paper and a pen and decreases clutter on the desk. The only thing you need to do when building a whiteboard desk is to banish all permanent markers in your office. :)

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~ Frank Denneman, Amsterdam

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

25 Responses to Whiteboard desk

  1. mike white says:

    i need that same desk please help

  2. Braunson says:

    So want to do this, but it seems IKEA doesn’t sell the PERSONLIG anymore, same with the stands :( So so disappointing.. oh yeah I’m really late to this party haha.

  3. kwhall says:

    any idea if the Vika Amon would work (with regards to being a whiteboard surface)? They have the high gloss white as an option.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I went to the Ikea in my area (NJ-RT17) and the kitchen department said they don’t do custom cuts of all materials (and those that can be must be at least 6‘). Can you explain exactly who/where you made the request? I’m dying to employ this hack!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Why is this a hack? It’s a table top and legs to begin with.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I cant find the PERSONLIG anywhere online, does it exists? How much would it cost aprox.

  7. Astrid says:

    Does anybody know if this would also work on a Vika Amon glossy white surface?

  8. Anonymous says:

    How much is this in total approximately?

  9. Anonymous says:

    I wonder if its a viable option to have a Chalkboard Table

  10. Anonymous says:

    is that Mark Hoppus’ logo I see on the iMac….?

  11. Anonymous says:

    I think I dumped my comment by accident.

    Thanks for the hack – looks great. Must remember this for the kitchen too.

    now there are whiteboard crayons, too, for those tired of expensive markers that dry out too quickly.

    And you can remove permanent marker (sharpies, anyway) with rubbing alcohol.

  12. Meo Meaux says:

    nice collection of jordans. the table is also cool.

  13. Anonymous says:

    does PERSONLIG exist really? cannot find online..

    • personlig means “personal” in swedish and as far I can tell, it seems it’s just a name in the IKEA family of products. So if you want this, just head into your IKEA and go to the kitchen section and ask them about personlig. I’m tempted to say it may be what the swedes call “custom” (i.e personalized, etc.)

  14. Anonymous says:

    Sure… just dont write a note directly in front of you…

  15. Anonymous says:

    I Like this idea, but i see one big problem coming at ya. If u decide to leave notes on the table and start typing or something that forces u to put ur hands/arms on the desk, u will have all the notes on ur shirts. Do u have some good stragtgy to avoid that?

  16. Anonymous says:

    just FYI, should you accidentally use a permanent marker on your desk, scribble completely over it with a whiteboard marker and wipe immedately. The solvents in the erasable pen dissolves the permanent pen and it all comes off :)

  17. G van Ginkel says:

    For a smaller budget: place a Fastbo wall panel ( white-side up on your desk.
    Also works great as a colouring surface for kids.

  18. Madieta says:

    Absolutely love it!

  19. Ummu Madihah says:

    very clever idea indeed!

  20. Anonymous says:

    That is just brilliant.

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