We love floating shelves. Why? Well because they seem to float and take up almost no space. What if we told you that you could easily transform an Ikea countertop into a neat little computer workstation desk that looks like a floating shelf? The process isn't all that hard and the results are really interesting. The resulting compact work place is perfect as an alternative to a full-fledged desk.
In order to create this desk, you'll need two identical countertops. This build uses two Pronomen countertops
, but you can use any countertop that can be easily fixed to a wall. In fact, some countertops already come with the supplies to fix them to walls, so you won't need to improvise them yourselves. Ikea countertops are like that, which is why they are handy. Before you mount them, you'll need to create the drawers using pieces of wood that have been cut down to the right size. You can use some wood screws to snap this together. Then, all you have to do is to mount it on the wall. The supplies from both countertops to mount them on the wall should be adequate enough to provide enough leverage for the desk to float by itself. This is why buying or using shelves that can be fixed to walls is so important.
The desk should be pretty secure, though you can always use extra pieces of wood to secure the underside. You also have to remember not to just mount it on any wall. It has to be into concrete or load bearing walls. It could also work on the wood scaffolding holding drywalls together. This idea comes from Chris Herren. It's a really neat concept that will set your workplace apart from others. [via Ikeahacker, top image by Chris Herren, other by Etchalon with a CC license]