Expedit ikea+hack-731584

Published on February 5th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


Hacker help: How to hack a single Expedit and desk

Photo: IKEA.com

Materials: Expedit and unknown

Description: Hi, I’m trying to make a single version of the Expedit desk hack here.

So I’ll start with a 4×1 Expedit in white and I’d like to add a desk the same as in the link but only 44cm in width to match the Expedit. My issue is I can’t find anything to suit it. I’ve looked into having a shelf with legs or even two shelves to form the desk pictured but they are coming up short in the dimensions. Am I missing something? Has this been done before?

Please help!

It is for an 21.5″ imac so i may add a keyboard pull out tray or something else if you have any ideas??

~ Matthew Lucas, England

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11 Responses to Hacker help: How to hack a single Expedit and desk

  1. George Leow George Leow says:

    You can try the below

    1. Get a Single Expedit bookcase
    2. Table Top Linnmon table to 120X 60 – you have to cut it to you size since the size you want is odd
    3. Gerton adjustable leg
    4. Bracket from expedit bookcase to Linnmon table top (you can buy from ikea, just tell them the one
    from the Expedit desk combination
    5. You can buy the SUMMERA Pull out tray to fix under the table.

    Hope this helps

  2. debbie says:


    The top image is exactly what I need but I am a little confused guys has anyone been able to make the white single pillar bookcase and desk or what? £106 is way over priced for a lack on the double one!

  3. 210dogyear says:

    If the lack sofa table (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50228034/) is available in your country it cuold be a good solution even if the height doesn’t match with the expedit shelf.

    Else you may use 2 lack coffe table (http://www.ikea.com/it/it/catalog/products/00095036/), cutting the second one to fit the expedit..

  4. Anonymous says:

    What about using an Expedit 2×2, using the thick side section, and the thick top section.

  5. Synicasm says:

    Wouldn’t a 2×2 Expedit http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20135300/ work just loose 2 of the sides and the middle parts. Might be kinda weak compared to the desk. You might be able to get the brackets and things that go with the desk from the parts center

  6. Anonymous says:

    Try the new “cheaper” LACK sofa table. It has an extra shelf that can be saved for a later hack or to make the table tall enough for desk height. It’s the right width, but just a little shorter than desk height. It should be pretty easy though.

  7. PANYL says:

    Matthew – have a look at this hack we posted last month:


    If you decide to horizontally rip the desk attachment in two, you’re going to have to deal somehow with closing up the hollow opening that will create. In the hack I linked to above, you can see how we affixed wood blocks inside the hollow of the desk attachment. You might be able to use a similar technique for what you’re doing.

    - Dan

  8. Anna says:

    And how about the Malm dressing? It’s a bit more expensive than the Malm occasional table, but it’s a bit deeper (41cm) and comes with a drawer (that could be hacked as a keyboard pull).


  9. CatG says:

    I think that it’s possible to hack a MALM occasional table. It has 36cm depth but it will look clean because it has the same lines.

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