Using Bookshelves to Make a Computer Desk

Depending on what you're planning on doing with your home office setup, as well as the amount of room that you have available, you might be able to put together a desk from bookshelves. This works well in home offices that double as other rooms, like living rooms and bedrooms.

It's not always possible to install your humongous fantasy desk in your new crib. You can be limited by space and sometimes, large desks are more of a problem than a solution, since they can easily be used to stack papers, books, and other clutter that will just multiply if you aren't careful. When you don't have a room to make into your home office, it's time to get creative. We've seen closet offices that really work well, but if you haven't got that spare closet, then it's time to do something different.

Brad Czerniak is a librarian from Michigan. He's also a Drupal programmer. Two years ago, when he first moved into his home, he purchased an IKEA Expedit 2×4 bookcase. He laid it on its side against his main wall in his living room because he liked the look. He also had a Lack shelf that was the same color. He attached some Capita legs for clearance and added the shelf to make a top for his improvised bookshelf.

Then he decided to remodel his home office. In order to take advantage of the available space in his apartment, he decided to hack some more Expedit bookshelves. He bought the same bookshelf and cut 45° angles at both ends to put together an Expedit desk. A VIKA Kaj leg was used to keep the whole desk stable.

Brad advises to take time to measure the angles before you cut, because it's easy to make a mistake. Also, he says that you need to tape the sides of the Expedit before sawing, so that the paint doesn't chip. To finish everything off, he painted the interior connecting pieces. Although this desk isn't very wide, it gives him a lot of space to work with. His home office came together with some DIY whiteboards on his walls, that are just some melamine panels which are available at any hardware store.

[via Ikeahacker, photos by Brad Czerniak]

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