Five Other Uses for IKEA's PS Laptop Workstation

Five Other Uses for IKEA's PS Laptop Workstation

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Taryn Williford
Sep 9, 2011

Brilliant, right? Hacking IKEA's über-popular and compact fold-down laptop workstation into a perfect little closet vanity. I mean, it's already got built-in cord control to wire up that lighted mirror. It's perfect, right?! But wait... there's more. If you're upgrading to a desktop machine, or just ready for a change, try repurposing your IKEA PS laptop workstation around the house in one of these 5 ways.

We've already showed you how plenty of IKEA's housewares can work double-duty as desks. (Need proof? check out these desks made from IKEA's MELLTORP dining table, NORDEN kitchen table and the discontinued MALM dressing table.) But office multitasking goes both ways.


Your old IKEA PS laptop workstation ($59.99, IKEA.com) can pull it's weight in any room of the house. And the best part? None of these require any serious modifications!

Repurpose your laptop desk as...

A Vanity
This genius IKEA hack we spotted at Curbly (pictured far above, right) uses a white IKEA PS laptop workstation as an in-closet vanity, There's plenty of storage space for makeup and perfume, plus room to cover up the cord to your lighted mirror.

A Changing Table
A reader at DaddyTypes suggested this one. With a secure wall-mount, the PS workstation could turn into an out-of-the-way diaper workstation. Just adhere a changing pad to the laptop surface and keep wipes inside the station's cubbies. And when the little one is all grown up, you can move it into the office!

A Home Bar
So you want a proper bar at home for entertaining, but you don't exactly have space in your dining room. Or you, know, have a dining room at all, really. Instead, mount the PS on a spare wall and use it as a space to store a few bottles and prep drinks.

An Ironing Station
Fold-down ironing boards are great space-savers, but sort of unsightly if they're not tucked inside a closet. Instead convert IKEA's PS into a small ironing station with a small, custom-fit DIY ironing board.

A Workbench and Garden Station
A proper workbench is hard to find outside of the sprawling suburbs, but we think you can make your own compact version by hacking the IKEA desk. Find a covered space to mount it outside, then use it for small hardware projects or as a potting station for plants.

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