Anyone who spends a considerable amount of time in front of their computer will tell you that it gets painful after a few hours if you don't use ergonomics. It's sad that not a lot of places put an emphasis on this, especially if you are working from home. This is why we thought that hacking a picture shelf to become a computer shelf would be the perfect recipe for people needing something like this. This easy hack combines an IKEA Lack wall shelf with Ribba picture ledge into a nice-looking computer shelf, that will prop your monitor at the perfect height. This is perfect for people who are going to be spending long hours in front of a computer monitor. What we really like is how easy this hack is. You'll just need some parts, screws, and alligator screw-anchors.
First, the Ribba picture ledge was sawed in three pieces about 10 inches. They were placed on each side of the wall shelf. Then, holed were drilled on each side. The picture ledge pieces have to be screwed to the shelf. The end result is a nice-looking shelf or stand for your computer, which is great if you need the extra height to make your seating position better.
This shelf is perfect to tuck away your keyboard, mouse, and other peripherals that you use frequently and don't really want to put away from your reach. It definitely will help you keeps things looking a little tidier. Also, we like how the new computer desk isn't totally dominated by the computer equipment. This means that most of the desk is still available to be used for other purposes.
If you keep the shelf rooted on your desk, you can also easily integrate some cable management solutions, effectively allowing you to organize the mess of cables that seems to grow near every computer. Since the shelf is propped up, you can use the back of it to hang things over the desk, nicely out of sight.
[via Ikeahacker, photos by Lauri]