Hacking Ikea Furniture to Make An Ergonomic Desk

Hacking Ikea Furniture to Make An Ergonomic Desk

Range Govindan
Oct 5, 2009

It's one thing if you buy an ergonomic desk. It's another think to hack existing IKEA furniture to make an ergonomic desk. Joel and Mandy transformed a few IKEA parts into an awesome ergonomic one, which includes smart cable management.

This desk was created using IKEA Vika parts, including Furusund drawer, Byske table top, and Fintorp table legs. The Furusund drawer serves as a base and the Fintorp legs are put together with the Byske top to form the desk. The desk includes two nifty second-tier organizational shelves, which are Knuff magazine file holders mounted sideways. They are used as speaker stands and storage to hide away external hard drives.

That isn't all. The first drawer is used as a charging station. It's been lined with felt and a simple USB hub serves to charge all of their gadgets. The cables are run out the back of the drawer. The back of the desk uses simple ways to manage cables. A re-purposed crash door bar serves s a cable tray. The holes in the Knuff magazine file holders guide the power cables from the peripherals. A power strip is mounted on the back of the drawer. Even the desk brace helps to manage the cables. All-in-all, it's a great way to have a clean and ergonomic desk.

There are a bunch of great ideas here to hack existing IKEA furniture into ergonomic desks. We really like the cable management and the charging station located in the first drawer. The cables are smartly kept out of sight with simple and efficient solutions. A lot of though went into the design of this desk. Check out Joel and Mandy's Flickr set with instructions and details on how to make your own ergonomic desk.

[via Ikea Hacker, photos by Joel and Mandy]

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