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Published on September 25th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


Triple Monitor Stand


Materials: Ekby Jarpen, 4-pack Capita 4″ (x2)

Description: I wanted to raise my monitors up to eye-level, but as I work on a triple monitor setup, the simple monitor stands I’ve seen on Ikeahackers wouldn’t cut it (unless I made one for each). Instead I researched my options and found the Ekby Jarpen shelf would do just nicely at $14.99, spanning just barely wide enough to sit all three of my 21inch monitors with their bases going to the end. Add a few Capita legs and you have a nice space to place your unused keyboard or peripherals under (and hide a set of desktop speakers on their sides even).

It was a simple hack:

Mount a leg at each corner of the shelf.

Mount a leg in the center at the front, and one in the center back.

Then mount another two legs, in the back between center and each corner.

The last 2 legs might be overkill, but I aired on the side of stability and figured I would just have them lying around anyway.


The only caveat was that I found the center monitor would hang slightly over the edge to achieve the slanted setup of monitors I desired, so I ended up remounting the back center leg so that it overhung the back by about 1.5 inches, and added a bunch of scrap wood as a sort of “block” just to give a bit of extra support to the center monitor.

Of course, if I was less picky, then I would have been able to get away without the back support – just shifting the monitor setup to fit the shelf.

The triple monitor stand fits perfectly on my old Malm desk at 47inches wide.

~ Nick Fair, Portland, OR

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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".

10 Responses to Triple Monitor Stand

  1. Raph says:

    Thank you for the wonderful idea. I have been looking high and low for a product that can support the weight of my triple monitor stand and three 24″ monitors. I went with the 4.5″ legs and used the plastic spacer included to gain that extra space and am glad to say I now have the ergonomic setup i required.

    Very grateful. Thanks again.

  2. Mika says:

    Looks great! I´m planning on getting one for my home studio desk for audio monitors.

  3. Bryan Miraflor says:

    They actually have this shown at the store now when you go in the office section. It says “office ideas”

  4. David says:

    I have the same setup at work with the 8″ legs. Seems fine for work, but at home I used the 6″ legs and an very happy with the height. I would say 4″ legs might just be too short for proper ergonomics if you’re a normal sized guy.

  5. chris says:

    Thanks for this idea. I needed to put a central speaker below my TV and just did this with 16cm height legs. Perfect

  6. Dhruv Patel says:

    do you think it would still stand without the front middle stand? i have a perfect use for that just can’t fit that one. Thanks!

  7. Gerald says:

    Only one thing left: Mount an LED strip underneath it. I did that with my monitor stand (which is basically the same), mounted half of the strip under the front of the board and the other half on the back, directing the light at the wall.

    The result: Awesome indirect light and keyboard illumination.

  8. Robb says:

    Great minds, yada yada…I did the EXACT same stand for my displays – nice work!

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