Projects & Improvements

Before & After: IKEA STUVA Cabinet Becomes Built-In Desk

published Mar 2, 2015
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Jill was looking for a budget-friendly option to add a modern industrial look to her home’s new addition. Enter the IKEA STUVA, a smart DIY tabletop, and just check out the result:

(Image credit: Jill)

From Jill:

We just finished adding a little over 300 sq. ft. to our small house, and have now begun the process of furnishing the space. I loved the idea of a wall to wall desk for the office, but I couldn’t find a modern/industrial looking desk that fit both my budget and needs.

I’ve always loved the look of the STUVA system at Ikea, and I thought it might be perfect for the base of my desk. The tricky part though was finding a desktop that would sit nicely atop the STUVA pieces! That’s when I got creative.

I bought an 8-foot piece of plywood and covered it with concrete, giving it the appearance of a concrete tabletop. I placed it atop the STUVA pieces, and tada! finished desk! I’m super excited about how easy the whole process was and how it turned out.

For more photos and details, check out Jill’s blog, Snugglebug University.

Thank you Jill!