How To Add a Drawer to Any Flat-Top Table or Desk

updated May 6, 2019
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Sleek, tall desks look chic, non? But that slim aesthetic comes with a price: Storage. If you took our advice and opted for an IKEA Melltorp as your main workspace, you might be interested to see how one DIY’er created a portable drawer for the svelte white table.

Wein Krisztina, an IKEA Hacker from Budapest, yanked a wooden drawer from an old IKEA Moppe chest of drawers and turned it into a portable storage drawer to hold gadgets at her dining table. You can re-purpose this project to create an accessory drawer to your own storage-less desk.

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All you need to do is make 45° cuts into two pieces of wood, then attach them together at a 90°angle. Screw this piece vertically onto the side of the drawer, and let it hang down from your desk top.

If you’re interested in a uniform look, use an unfinished drawer and wood slats, then stain everything to match. If you’re interested in getting started, check out more photos and detailed instructions at IKEA Hackers.