The Perfect Desk: Hacking Smaller Desks Into Bigger Ones

The Perfect Desk: Hacking Smaller Desks Into Bigger Ones

Range Govindan
Sep 28, 2010

While there are a plethora of desks available, sometimes you just need to hack yourself one because none of the ones that you see fit the bill. This happens quite a bit, especially in the home office. Since a lot more people are working from home, they need a fully functioning home office. This home office from Toronto, Canada, uses three IKEA Vika desks.

For his perfect home office setup, Tom needed a total of three desks. He planned on merging two desks to form a bigger desk for his computer workstation. Another desk would be used for work that didn't involve computers. This actually makes a lot of sense, especially if you have enough room for this to work.

He used two small IKEA Vika Hyttan table tops that were merged into one larger desk. The other large Vika Hyattan table top is used as his office desk. In total, he used 9 Vika Fintorp legs and 3 flat plate brackets that he got from a hardware store as well as some screws. His goal was to have two workspaces in his home office. Mounting one onto a wall, and putting the other right in front of it makes them both easy accessible. If you space these workstations out too far, it can be problematic to use them effectively.

The reason why he chose to merge two of these Vika table tops is that he didn't want them to be too deep. Most of the larger table tops are wide. He wanted something smaller for visual and functional reasons. Putting the tables side by side didn't work since the legs would be smack in the middle, hampering the use that he'd get out of it since his computer would be stationed in the middle. The legs would simply get in the way.

The table tops were placed upside down. One of the legs was mounted to serve as support. The table tops need to be properly lined up for this so that the weight would be adequately distributed. Then, the brackets need to be installed for further support. The Vika Hyttans are perfect for this hack, because in order to generate enough pressure to break the joint, since they are so thick, you'd first have to pull the table tops apart first, which would never happen.

Possible improvements would include some LED lighting using IKEA Dioder strips mounted in the back of the computer workstation. We can also see some loose wires hanging around, so a DIY cable management system would also clean things up. He could also install an IKEA Signum in the back of his desk. Ultimately, this home office is designed to actually meet with potential clients and the fact that the computer workstation is situated behind the main desk works really well. To top things off, the home office is nicely decorated with some art. The big windows also ensure that during the day, this home office is well lit. Tom's desk is filled with Apple products, including the iPad, iPhone, MacBook Pro, Apple Bluetooth keyboard, and Magic Mouse.

[via Ikeahacker, photos by Tom]

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