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Published on August 26th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


Glax Desk



Expedit 4×2 (2)
Expedit 1×1 (1)
Expedit insert drawer (2)
Expedit insert door (2)
Glasholm green table top
Forsa lamp
Dioder LED multi-use multicolour

COST AUD$490 (we get ripped off in Australia)


Circular Saw
Allen key
Couple of extra screws


I like the Expedit series of bookshelves and wanted to make one into a desk. I contemplated just putting a table top onto a 4×2 Expedit but it would be an 80cm high desk. I prefer to work at 70cms so looked at ways of embedding a tabletop into the Expedit.

I’ve put together IKEA furniture before, but I have NO experience with tools. None. Nada. I’ve used a drill maybe 4 times in my life and have never touched a circular saw. Closest I come to home improvement is watching a re-run of Tim the Tool Man. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be.



Open up one of 4×2 Expedit (2 long boards, 2 short boards, 3 long shelves, 4 short shelves)
Cut 4cms off two of the long shelves (these will support the table top)
Cut the third long shelf just above the peg holes.
Assemble the 4×2 as per instructions. Use the 4cm shorter long shelves on the left and in the middle. Use the halved long shelf on the right.
Use the other half as a brace between the 4cm shorter shelves (will need to trim to fit)

Cut holes into 4cm shorter shelves, one of the short shelves, and the side of the short board for cables to run through. (Daisy helped clean up the saw dust)

Keep the 2nd long board for another project.

Open up the 1×1 Expedit. (2 long boards, 2 short boards) You’€™ll only need 2 pieces.
Connect one of the short boards to the side of the 4×2
Cut 5cms off the bottom of a long board so it sits flush on the middle shelf (in line with the halved long shelf)
Screw it all in and you have your tower!

Put the drawers into the tower.

Grab your epoxy and glue the table top down. There will be a gap of less than 1cm each side of the glass. Makes it look like it’s floating.

Stick Dioder lights to the underneath of the table. 1 for each gap, so only need 3.

Construct the other 4×2 Expedit, but only with half of the shelving (leave a 2×2 gap at one end.

Insert 2 drawers into that 4×2 Expedit

Bolt the two Expedits together.

Plug in the Forsa lamp.

Desk done!

See more of the Expedit desk.

~ Mick


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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".

7 Responses to Glax Desk

  1. Dwargh Dwargh says:

    I fear for your neck. Your contruction is not very ergonomic….

  2. Anonymous says:

    Smart look. But I fear for your knees/shins!

  3. Juliane at Modern Mural says:

    Great hack! What’s the best way to repaint one of these Expedit bookshelves? I’m trying to switch up the colors in my space, and I thought that might be a good place to start!

  4. Mick says:

    Hi everyone!

    Ergonomics have been fixed! Had to make a stand for the monitor so it would be sitting at the right height on the desk. And as for the leg issue, I don’t have any problems at all. There’s 15cm of overhang from the desk and my big feet sit inside the expedit holes with no dramas. No knee issues. And quite comfortable.

  5. kervin Dela Cruz says:

    not for me.. i need space under the table for my legs

  6. Anonymous says:

    Turning your head, neck and back to the left all the time, is going to need a chiropractor on staff. And your knees and legs actually need to go underneath the desk top surface. Other than horrific ergonomics… great job!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Very nice, but maybe you can remove some of the shelves underneath the desk? Not having leg space seems uncomfortable.

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