IKEA PS 2014 secretary with clever bells and whistles.
As the global pandemic around COVID-19 started to take hold across the world, working from home full time was quickly becoming a reality.
In a two-bedroom apartment with a three year old and my wife, however, I needed to find a setup that met a few criteria:
- Aesthetically pleasing, as my work area would inevitably be in our bedroom to avoid curious toddler fingers
- Able to be closed away, so that I can maintain a healthy boundary between work- and home-life, while everything is still at home
- Able to accommodate a large monitor for work
In searching for a setup and doing some measurements, I always loved the look of the IKEA PS 2014 Secretary desk.
Discontinued, I looked at local classified ads and found someone who actually had one new in box and was willing to ship it. One contactless delivery later, and I was able to give it a shot.
IKEA items used:
- IKEA PS 2014 Secretary
- IVAR shelf
Unmodified IKEA PS 2014 Secretary desk
The 27″ monitor I had would technically fit. But it was scraping the top and bottom of the interior. So I decided to give myself some more vertical space:
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- Moving the ceiling of the interior space to the top of the desk still allowed for a place for plants and knicknacks
- Changing the face panel of the top area into a hinged panel allows a 27″ monitor to be mounted at an ergonomic level
- Adding a stay-up arm keeps the top flap open during the work day
- For maximizing the open space on the desk, the monitor was mounted on a short VESA arm and bolted through the back panel
- A small shelf was built behind the monitor to house a power strip and keep cables out of sight
- Because the top of the monitor was no longer accessible, a webcam is mounted to the side of the monitor via command strip
- For audio, a speaker was affixed to the bottom of the monitor with (black!) command strips
- An additional hole in the back allows for some cables to route to the top shelf without being visible.
- Attached the desk to the wall for added stability to prevent monitor wobble
- Added a laptop mount out of sight on the side of the desk for accessibility and connectivity
Finally, there wasn’t space for a second monitor, but sometimes I needed it.
Using two short drawer rails and 270 degree hinges, I built a flip-out shelf out of scrap IVAR shelf. This holds an iPad which is to be used with either Duet Display or Apple’s Sidecar.
And for fun, I attached the desk pad with blu-tack so that it will stay in place even when closed.
- Given the trapezoidal shape, align the top shelf where you’d like it at the ceiling. Leave roughly 1cm of space for a lip
- Remove the roughly ~2cm of overhang on the flat side of the ceiling panel with a saw. (To maintain the front angle)
- Drill pilot holes and use long wood screws to affix to the sides and rear of the top portion
- Mount the hinges so that the top panel is aligned
- Install the gas hinge one side so that panel stays up
Side shelf for iPad:
- Using two rails reduces flex and shearing as the shelf is extended
- Using a hinge greater than 90 degrees allows for clearance as the shelf is re-inserted when closing
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- A small project, but makes a large visual difference. Black command strips creates an integrated look, and right angle plugs keep things out of sight. A black permanent marker minimizes the upside down logo on the grille.
- Using a shorter VESA arm allows for a shallow mounting depth, but requires careful measurement to ensure the correct height.
- Simple blu tack affixes a desk pad that stays put when closing the desk shelf.
Finally, I wanted a way to keep my laptop out of sight. But still easily accessible when I want to work away from my desk. It also had to be thermally sound, so that the computer won’t overheat.
I used a jigsaw to make a bowed bar out of the same spare IVAR shelf. It allowed for proper clearance and stability for the laptop in the recessed cubby on the side. I routed Usb-c cables from the back to the side.
All in all, I’m very pleased with this project. It lets me have a modern, professional setup that can be easily put away when work is done.
IKEA PS 2014 Secretary closed
And, it was a hell of a lot of fun.
~ by Charles Vestal, Berlin