The Custom IKEA Misson Control Center

The Custom IKEA Misson Control Center

Range Govindan
May 18, 2010

It's obvious that a lot of people who work from home need a large amount of desk real estate, especially if you are a designer or work in graphic design. Sure, you can do well with a little amount of space, but there's nothing like having enough space to spread out all of your work-related stuff.

This customized mission control center comes from Steph Goralnick from Brooklyn, NY. She's a photographer designer and artist and as such, she needs a lot of desk space. Initially she tried finding an 11-foot desk, but she couldn't find one that met her needs. So she decided to make her own.

As a base, Steph used IKEA Akurum cabinets, two 30-inch models with large drawers, and two 18-inch models. The top of her new desk is composed of two lengths of IKEA Lagan countertops, 96" and 46" respectively.

Her new desk solution needed to accommodate all of her computer related peripherals, as well as camera gear, storage space for extra materials and supplies. The other important factor was that she wanted to be able to use the desk as a work/craft surface.

The cabinets are designed to sit on legs. If they were simply placed flat on the floor, the bottom drawers would scrape against the floor. She solved this problem by using ½ inch of plywood to life them up by a bit. The Lagan countertops were cut, sanded, stained and waxed. The excess wood, with a set of Capita stainless steel legs, was used to make a shelf. Nothing went to waste!

The legs of the Akurum cabinets weren't use since the resulting desk would be too high. Even without the legs, the desk sits at 32" instead of Steph's preferred 28-29". She solved this little problem by using an adjustable-height chair. The final touch includes some pulls and handles that she filled with bits from vintage NYC street maps. All in all, it's a great low-cost solution.

[via Ikeahacker, photos by Steph Goralnick]

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