Use Two IKEA Ludvigs to Create a Compact Desk for Two

Use Two IKEA Ludvigs to Create a Compact Desk for Two

Range Govindan
Dec 6, 2010

If you're a multi-computer household in a small space, it can be a task trying to share a home office (or even creating one for each of you). It's not always easy to find extra space for laptop duty, but that's exactly what Elle with a minimum footprint taken up, simply by setting up a duo of common IKEA furniture pieces side by side.

Yes, it's true. We have used dinner tables as desks before. However, when it comes time to eat, we're always scrambling to get our computers and papers off the dinning table. This is why having a few extra workstations around is always handy. The problem is that most people don't have the space for this. This is why you need to get creative.

Elle from Washington DC came up with a creative solution: she put together this dual workstation for laptops in the entry hall of her home. The IKEA Ludvig is a mere 7.5" in depth, meaning that it can fit in a number of narrow places, including hallways. She put two of them side by side, which gives her 4 feet of workstation space. The cable management is integrated into the Ludvig, so that the messy stuff is hidden away. The workstation on the left holds all of her tech gear, while the other one is used to stash away papers and other work-related items. But you could easily use both of them for laptop workstations.

She uses the chairs from her dining room, the Victoria Ghost Chairs. There's a Stendig calendar hanging overhead, some artwork, a Tivoli Songbook, and several trays ontop of the workstation, serving as a landing strip. All in all, it's a very novel and efficient use of space that illustrates sometimes two smaller solutions used together is better than one large one.

(Image: Flickr member evoquelicensed for use under Creative Commons)

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