Hacks Two-tier Pragel Workstation

Published on December 4th, 2013 | by Ghryswald


Two-tier Pragel Workstation

I was disappointed by the way many of Ikea’s computer desks felt to me; just too flimsy.

So here’s my new two-tier Pragel workstation.

Two-tier Pragel Workstation


2x Pragel 186cm worktop
5x Adils leg
4x Capita bracket
1x Dioder multicolor LED

I cut one Pragel worktop lengthwise about 20cm from the back. This piece became the backboard for mounting power strips. I plan on attaching a small basket or rail behind the backboard for loose cables to dangle into.

The backboard is attached to the rear of the main desktop using screws designed for pressboard. I went with a screw every 30cm or so.

I positioned four of the legs near the corners of the main desktop and the fifth leg centered and near the back to prevent any future bowing of the desk.

The back depth of the upper tier is set about 8cm further back than the rear of the main desktop which provides space behind the backboard for cables to run.

I used four Capita brackets because I wanted two power strips on the backboard and didn’t want the brackets to be in the way.

The Dioder light bars go on the underside of the upper tier.

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4 Responses to Two-tier Pragel Workstation

  1. Flex says:

    IKEA Germany has dropped PRÄGEL altogether.
    An possible alternative (same dimensions) is EKBACKEN.

  2. Ghryswald Ghryswald says:

    Hi Marius,

    Thank you.

    The Pragel worktop is still available at my local Ikea, and I have checked others online and can still find them there as well.

    A quick search on Google shows that there have been rumors of Pragel being discontinued at least as far back as 2007, so I’d say the report of its demise is premature.

    This hack will work with most any of the worktops Ikea has. I went with the Pragel because of its low cost.

    I have discovered a weakness in my hack though. The laminate wears through to the shiny undercoating really easily, so a mouse pad is a MUST, especially if you’re a gamer. Laser mice and reflective surfaces do not mix.

  3. Marius says:

    Great hack, thanks for sharing.
    (Unfortunately the Pragel worktop has been discontinued or so it seems in 2014.)

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