In small homes furniture needs to fit right in order to feel right. A few inches too wide or deep makes a desk or couch feel over-sized which in turn makes you want a bigger house. To love your small home, you’ve got to have “just right” furniture.
For my desk, I had a very narrow range to work in – 15 inches by 36 inches – and that was only if one corner was sawed off.
Not many desks work properly with a corner missing. And not many desks are that small – not even on Amazon.
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.