Kitchen cabinets as desk

When a room is small, storage is even more crucial. In our home office makeover we had to make all of the space work hard, which meant a traditional desk didn’t fit the bill. Instead, we hit up the Ikea kitchen department for the perfect combo.

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The cabinets are designed to be put on feet, making it too high for a desk. However you can’t just plonk them straight on the floor (as we were initially intending to do) because the drawers won’t open properly. We glued on some timber blocks in each corner of the cabinets to elevate them off the carpet.

Using a benchtop that could be cut to length maximised desk space and ensured a perfect fit. Plus, when we move somewhere larger we only need to replace the top. To prevent the desktop sliding around (but without permanently attaching it) we screwed on a couple of tiny L-shaped brackets.

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The drawers on the right contain stationery and my vast array of art supplies (I swear, it just breeds, please tell me I’m not the only one?). To free up desk space, the pull-out cabinet on the left houses my monster A3 printer, scanner and paper. See the doo-hicky in the middle of the door? That’s a magnet so that the drawer can attach to it, otherwise the drawer would just slide in and out when the printer was doing its thing! We drilled holes in the back for cords, making sure they were long enough when the drawer was pulled all the way out. Don’t forget some holes for ventilation too (spontaneous combustion is so last season).

So if you’re in the market for a desk, look beyond the office furniture store.

UPDATE:
Well, colour me surprised. This little project seems to have struck a chord with lots of you unable to find a traditional desk to suit your needs. I have received several requests for more information and photos. Since we made this before I had a blog, I didn’t take any photos of the process to create a tutorial so I hope the following is sufficiently helpful…

 

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Materials
Faktum pull-out larder cabinet
Faktum 5 drawer base cabinet
Applad drawer fronts
Numerar white/aluminium effect worktop, cut to desired length
Grip handles
L-brackets and screws
Wood blocks x8 (20-40mm high, depending on floor surface)
Wood glue
Screw-on magnets x1 set

Instructions

1. Assemble the base cabinet frames and drawers. If you are using the larder for computer equipment such as a printer or scanner, drill a hole in the back for ventilation and cables.

2. Turn base cabinets upside down; glue a wood block to each corner of the cabinets (not too close to the edge, you don’t want to be able to see them). Allow to dry.

3. Place benchtop onto base cabinets. Reach inside the cabinets and use a pencil to mark on the underside of the cabinets where it meets the edge of the cabinet top; screw in L-shaped brackets on the underside of the bench where the marking is (this will prevent the desktop from sliding forward).

4. Insert drawers and add benchtop. If one of the larder drawers will be holding a printer, screw in a magnet on the drawer and the other half on the inside of the larder door.

Thanks to everyone who has taken an interest in this project. Happy hacking!

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