Published on April 30th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


Expedit Desk

Materials: Expedit 4-compartment (2), 96″x 20″ pine project panel, 8′ wood mouldings (2 each of 3 different designs), L brackets (4), wood glue, finish nails

Description: I’m a work-at-home author and knitwear designer whose only office space is carved out of the hallway between our foyer and dining room. My desk has to fit against the triangle wall formed by a staircase. Making my own desk from 2 Expedits gives me 8 feet of beautiful desktop real estate, while only taking up 20″ of hallway.

While I love the quality and value of Ikea furniture, most of the styles are too modern-looking for me. To make my desk look more traditional, I added moulding from my home improvement center. First I trimmed around 3 sides of the bottom of each Expedit with 1 3/4″ moulding, mitering the corners. Then I added 4 1″ L brackets to the upper inside edges of each piece to anchor the desktop. After that I layered 2 different mouldings and ran them all the way across the front and 2 short sides of the Expedits. I hid all the finish nail holes with putty and paint. Then I added the desktop (which I stained and varnished beforehand), securing from underneath with the L brackets.

I’m really happy with my new desk; the extra width more than makes up for its narrowness. I got exactly the right sized desk with lots of storage, too. The project took just a weekend, (most of which was waiting for paint and varnish coats to dry, and cost just under $200.

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~ Mary Scott Huff, Fairview, Oregon

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Jules Yap

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11 Responses to Expedit Desk

  1. Fanny Stette says:

    I love your ikeahack, and want to do something similar myself. I am worried about the height of the desk though. With a desktop on top it will be more than two inches than the average desk. How has that worked out for you?

  2. Cynthia says:

    Very nice!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I am going to be a copy cat. I love this idea. I have been trying to come up with ideas to be able to have storage and space in my craft/office.

  4. Ian Goldberg says:

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  5. Alisha Buddy says:

    How did you make the table top, material used and measurements plz, such an EXCELLENT job.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Nice “architectural” touches. I’m a little concerned about the air vent. Sitting in front of the return is not the healthiest place in a room. Everything nasty comes back through there. that’s why there’s a filter at the other end. May be fine, but keep an eye on your general health.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Very nice looking desk although I am a bit concerned by the lack of leg space and the unusual height of the desk.

    • Anonymous says:

      If you want, you can just slide some boards under the expedit units to raise them higher. Or build a box on top of each at the correct height.

    • Anonymous says:

      AKAIK, Expedit units are already higher than the typical table or desk. I don’t know how high this one is with the added panel on top.

  8. Kathi says:

    I agree! Such an excellent job! There is never enough room on regular desks so extra width is key and combining it with extra storage is just brilliant!

  9. Jan Freeman says:

    I love your desk!! Excellent job :)

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