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Ikea Hacked Desk and Shelf “Hutch”

published Jan 25, 2010
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Small-space desks don’t always have all the storage our work spaces need. Get a little creative and build some extra storage into an Ikea-Hacked “hutch” shelf.

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Ikea Hacker Jessica needed to find the perfect small-footprint, high-storage desk for her 45-inch wall space. Her and her husband settled on the Gustav writing desk for a perfect fit, but a lack of storage put a wrench in the plan.

With most wall-mounted shelf units at Ikea coming in too long or short to fit the desk, Goldilocks was forced to hack herself a perfect fit.

We created a custom overhead unit from two 14″ wide Billy cabinet extension units, four wooden extra shelves, two doors for the units and a couple of glass shelves. Since the extensions are intended to fit on top of a Billy bookshelf, they had no bottoms. We used two of the extra shelves to create bottoms, attaching them to the sides of the Billy using Kreg pocket screw joining. To make the cabinet exactly the right length we cut down the remaining two extra shelves and used them to create an open shelving space in the between the two cabinets.

We’re loving the creativity. And Jessica’s tale includes a lesson for all of us: When looking to add more storage to your desk, don’t always look under the desk—look up!