In small homes inches matter. Everything needs to fit right in order to feel right. A few inches too wide or too deep will make a piece of furniture feel oversized which in turn will make a home feel undersized. Proportion is key and what makes this Ikea hack great is it can be customized to each space.
Of course, I looked everywhere for a store bought, ready to go desk before giving up and building my own from Ikea parts. I almost had space for a 15 inch x 36 inch desk, but because it needed to be angled 45 degrees from a side wall, an 8 inch triangular piece from one corner had to go to make it work.
Not many desks work properly after sawing off a corner.
So to Ikea I went to find my “hack”.
3 items and $126 later, I had a solution.
- One Hörda. Meant for wine bottles, but re-imagined as office inboxes, $79 or $89 depending on height.
- One Gerton. A chrome, adjustable leg from their office collection for $30.
- And a Häggeby kitchen cabinet door. I could have used any of the flat door styles, but Häggeby was the cheapest at $7 for a 40 inch by 15 inch door.
With these simple parts anyone can build:
- A sitting desk at 30 inches tall, or a standing desk at 40 inches tall.
- The writing surface can vary as much as the door sizes vary, from 20 inches to 60 inches in length. The Hörda is 15 inches deep, so a 15 inch wide door makes good sense, but technically a 18, 21 or 24 inch wide door could also work.
- It can be squared for a normal desk, or put at an angle to fit any weird floor plans you may be dealing with.