DIY Office desk

01/10/2013

DIY Office desk

01/10/2013
DIY office desk from IKEA kitchen cabinets

I’ve been using this ‘solution’ for my home office for years now. It’s always worked really well for me as it offers loads of storage space. Folks are surprised when I tell them that my desk is actually just a few components of an Ikea kitchen.

My desk is made up of 1x FAKTUM cabinet with shelves, 1 x FAKTUM cabinet with drawers, and a LAGAN solid wood (beech) worktop. However, Ikea have recently revised their entire kitchen range and as a result, the names and sizes of these components have changed. See notes below for more details.

I subsequently replaced the LAGAN worktop with a deeper/larger piece of veneered MDF from a building supply store. The old LAGAN has now been repurposed as a breakfast table in our kitchen. One of the things I liked most about the LAGAN was that it was only 600mm deep, which made the desk sleek and compact – an absolute necessity in my previous workspaces, however, my current space allows for a much bigger desk so I decided to super-size things a little.

My ‘new model’ desktop is only 200mm deeper but it makes a world of difference with a healthier distance between me and my iMac monitor. One small problem with my new size is that I now have an approximate 200mm void between the back of the cabinets and the wall. I am considering some storage ideas in there. Watch this space.

Home office desk DIY

A few things to note:

  • Further to Ikea’s recent launch of their modified kitchen range, and the subsequent discontinuation of the specific FAKTUM cabinets I used, the replacement parts would be: 1 x METOD base cabinet with shelves (400mm wide), 1 x METOD base cabinet with drawers (400mm wide) and 1 x HAMMARP worktop (METOD range of cabinets was previously known as FAKTUM and HAMMARP worktop was previously known as LAGAN).
  • As of May 2014, the US Ikea website does not yet show the METOD range. In this case, you can use 1 x AKURUM base cabinet with shelves (15 inches wide), 1 x AKURUM base cabinet with drawers (15 inches wide) and 1 x NUMERÄR beech countertop (73 inches wide), or your preferred selection.
  • I installed RILL casters under the cabinets on my desk, however, at 800mm / 31 inches tall, the new METOD cabinets are higher than that of a standard office desk (approx 750mm / 29 inches) and will therefore work best with a chair that offers adjustable seat height. AKURUM cabinets are 770mm / 30 3/8 inches tall.
  • The desk length is entirely up to you. You can use it as is or have it cut to the correct size.
  • When planning the size of your desk, bear in mind that the two cabinets of 400mm each will take up 800mm and you will require a space of at least 500mm (or a space slightly larger than the width of your chair) between them.
  • For maximum stability, use screws to secure the worktop to the cabinets.

I have since updated the desktop with a marble look. You can see it here.

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  • Doro 29/07/2015 at 11:53 AM

    Hi, very nice desk. We’re in the process of creating our office. We actually gonna get the FAKTUM cupboards from IKEA. In the UK they still sell them until June 2016 (subject to availability) and you can get them if you contact IKEA directly. Might be worth finding out whether that is also the case in the US.
    We’re planning on using a grey worktop like e.g. EKBACKEN.
    I was wondering though what doors/fronts did you choose? Are they matt or high gloss?

    • Kathryn Hawkes 31/07/2015 at 12:57 PM

      Hello, thanks for your comment. I can’t recall the name of the door front, but they’re one of the very basic matte options. Hope that is helpful. Kath

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  • Andrea 08/03/2015 at 2:02 AM

    Love this! Do you think this would hold an approximated 100 pound sewing machine?

    • Kathryn Hawkes 08/03/2015 at 9:30 AM

      Hi Andrea, I think to support that kind of weight you may require some reinforcement under the desk top. Kath x

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  • Francisca 03/11/2014 at 1:33 AM

    We went to our local Ikea with this idea and where advised to use the cabinets which are 60cm in height. This because the new cabinets need to have a base/plinth to stand on. On the photo it looks like they have a base but apparently they do not have a base. So when you use a 60cm high cabinet, and 8cm legs you will get a heigth of 68 plus the 2,8 cm thickness of the worktop your desk is little over 71cm high, which is a nice height for a desk according to the kitchen rep at Ikea.

    • Kathryn Hawkes 03/11/2014 at 3:29 PM

      Hi Francisca, absolutely agree, that is a great desk height.

      • Francisca 19/01/2015 at 5:31 PM

        We just finished the desk for our daughter, I cannot upload/send you a photo right?
        As my really sturdy and nice office desk won’t fit into the study we just created we are going to make a second one for my study. One difference: daughter has a white top and I will have a wooden top.

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  • Chris 06/09/2014 at 8:55 AM

    Are those locks on your cabinets? What are they?

    • admin 06/09/2014 at 12:37 PM

      Hi Chris, they are just IKEA child safety clips – to keep small hands away from my things 😉

      • Chris 07/09/2014 at 10:38 AM

        Thanks for your reply! Did you have to apply any oil or sand the worktop at all to make it usable as a desk? Or did you find it worked fine as is?

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  • Sara 26/06/2014 at 1:24 AM

    Your home office looks really great. Also I would like to work in such a place 🙂

    • admin 29/06/2014 at 6:49 PM

      Thanks, Sara. It really is a great space for working in. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Ryan 15/05/2014 at 6:59 AM

    Where did you find the smaller casters?

  • Ginger 14/05/2014 at 11:39 PM

    Looks beautiful, but can you tell a bumbler (me) an easy way to secure the worktop to the cabinets?
    Thank you!

    • admin 15/05/2014 at 10:06 AM

      Hi Ginger, the cabinets have pre-made holes where you can insert a small screw that will secure the worktop to the cabinet.
      regards, Kath

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    How much did this cost in total to create? I love it!

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    My dream office desk!

  • deb deb 13/05/2014 at 7:15 PM

    Where did you get the chair?

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      Hi Deb, my chair is so old… and is starting to show its age, I bought it when I was living in London about 10 years ago. I found it in a store called Dwell but I have seen many similar styles over the years. Kath

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    I LOVE this idea. I’m looking at IKEA online and can’t seem to find either base cabinet. Is it possible they don’t make these any longer??

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    Your desk is fabulous! And I am so jealous of all that natural light!!! Those windows….. 🙂

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      Thanks Stacy, I do love it in here 🙂

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  • Susan 22/02/2014 at 1:11 AM

    Love your office, it looks so serene. I love it when people show their work spaces.

    • admin 22/02/2014 at 8:22 AM

      Hi Susan, thanks so much… it’s less serene when my two noisy kids are hovering in the background 🙂

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  • Corey @ Tinysidekick 20/02/2014 at 3:07 AM

    I love this. I’m a huge fan of Ikea and love this idea! I’m in absolute need of an office overhaul and would love a desk like this. Thanks for sharing at The Makers!

    • admin 20/02/2014 at 8:33 AM

      Hi Corey, you’re most welcome. Thanks for stopping by. Kath

  • Ginnie 19/02/2014 at 8:28 AM

    This is such a great way to get a custom desk! I need a new desk, so I’m keeping this in mind. Thanks for sharing!

    • admin 19/02/2014 at 8:30 AM

      Hi Ginnie, glad you like it – it works really well for me. Thanks for stopping by. Kath

  • Betsy 19/02/2014 at 4:28 AM

    I love it and all the natural light you have.

    • admin 19/02/2014 at 8:19 AM

      Thanks, Betsy. I must say, the light in my office is fab although very warm in Dubai’s summer! Kath

  • Katie @ Upcycled Treasures 18/02/2014 at 10:02 PM

    Absolutely LOVE your office, especially that FAKTUM base cabinet with drawers! Thanks for linking up to The Makers!

    • admin 18/02/2014 at 10:31 PM

      Hi Katie, thanks so much. The desk is such a great solution – I’ve had it on the go for many years. Thanks so stopping by. Kath

  • Amanda Michelle 16/02/2014 at 10:08 PM

    So clever and pretty. I am re-doing our office right now and this is right up my alley. Thanks for linking up at Thursday STYLE!

    • admin 16/02/2014 at 10:12 PM

      Hi Amanda, thanks so much. Good luck with your office, look forward to seeing it soon? Kath

  • Angela (Life in Velvet) 16/02/2014 at 9:53 PM

    This is seriously genius and gorgeous! Pinned! I LOVE your whole office too! Thank you so much for linking up at Thursday STYLE 🙂 Can’t wait to see you back next week!

    • admin 16/02/2014 at 10:11 PM

      Hi Angela, thanks so much of your kind words.

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