I’ve been using this ‘solution’ for my home office for years now. It’s always worked really well for me as it offers oodles of storage space. Folks are surprised when I tell them that my desk is actually just a few components of an Ikea kitchen.
As the graphic illustrates, the desk is made up of 1 x FAKTUM base cabinet with shelves (400mm wide), 1 x FAKTUM base cabinet with drawers (400mm wide) and 1 x LAGAN worktop. To be precise, the desktop in the picture is no longer the LAGAN worktop, but rather a deeper/larger piece of veneered MDF from a building supply store. I used the LAGAN beech worktop for years though (it’s now been repurposed as a breakfast table in our kitchen and may call for a separate post some other time). One of the things I liked most about it was that it was only 600mm deep, which made the desk sleek and compact – an absolute necessity in my previous workspaces, however, my current space allows for a much bigger desk so I decided to super-size things a little.
My ‘new model’ desktop is only 200mm deeper but it makes a world of difference with a healthier distance between me and my iMac monitor. One small problem with my new size is that I now have an approximate 200mm void between the back of the cabinets and the wall. I am considering some storage ideas in there. Watch this space.
Important notes about this DIY. (updated May 2, 2014)