My son was in need of a desk, and since he loves soccer and already has IKEA birch effect furniture in his bedroom, we decided to build the following IKEA hack, a goal post desk.
IKEA items and other materials:
- LACK wall shelf (birch effect) x 2
- 2×2 pine lumber
- 3/4″ EMT conduit
- Mason’s string
- GB PSW-100 staples
How to hack a goal post desk
The frame is from 2×2 clear pine, joined with biscuit joints, wood glue and some screws. Prime and paint to suit. The netting is from “mason’s string” attached to the frame with the GB staples. I recessed the “staples” but that is a matter of personal choice.
The LACK shelves were (wood) glued together with a piece of filler wood that I custom cut from scraps on my table saw, fit at assembly. Two large clamps ensured a tight and strong glue joint.
The desk top sits on top of the frame using two left over IKEA wall brackets and a heavy bead of silicone caulk.
Note: I made the overall height of this unit 29.5″ in case my son wanted to add a MICKE drawer unit/drop file storage unit in the future.
In hindsight I would not hand “weave” the netting, but rather find something close and adapt it to the design. The netting was a huge time suck.
(Note: The dumbbells are on the desk just to ensure a good bond between the frame and desktop)
~ by Mike A.