Name: Simon Pretty
I needed a decent desk, as I work from home once a week. Our place is small, so we needed something we could fold away, as the tiny room is also used to entertain guests. This corner was ideal for a desk, but has an awkward wall cutting across at 45 degrees, so I needed to custom-build a solution...
I ended up building the whole thing out of IKEA kitchen cupboard doors. They are inexpensive, strong, easy to work, come in a handy range of sizes, and had the nice satin white finish was what I wanted. As a bonus, I could use the hinge mechanism in a non-traditional to create a desk top!
I affixed some batten to the wall, then used simple L-brackets to build the cupboard. The main desktop is a single cupboard door with its hinges fixed to a batten on the wall. When in use, one edge rests on an edge of the cupboard, which was built non-flush for this purpose. The other corner rests on a cut-down IKEA Vika Adils leg, which is affixed to an offcut, attached to the underside of the desktop with a piano hinge. This means the leg swings out of the way against the wall as you fold the desk up.
The monitor is on a two-piece arm, so the display can be swung out into a comfortable viewing position when in use, and pushed back over the cupboard when not.
IKEA also provided a port for neatly passing the wires through to the cupboard underneath, as well as the drill attachment for cutting the hole. An old Apple wireless keyboard and a white wireless mouse are easily stashed into the cupboard at the end of the day. It's super-easy to use, works really well as a desk, takes up next-to no space when not in use, and wasn't that tricky to build.
I didn't keep track of the cost, but I think it was around £200 (about $306), including an IKEA Vilgot task chair. Folding the desk away also prevents any large mess from accumulating, and has proven to be a great working environment for our small space.
(Images used with permission: Simon Pretty)
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