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.
The Hörda wine rack acts as a leg for the side of the table top that gets cut (if you cut it). Be aware, it’s only finished on 3 sides. The back and top are meant to be hidden or covered. Something that worked fine for our space.
The Gerton adjustable leg supports the other uncut side. For us, because of the angle and because of the narrow width of the desk, we attached the leg to a far corner. If the desk is squared in one direction, centering the leg more may be a better option.
And finally, the cabinet door becomes the table top. Easy peasy.
The only extra supplies needed are a few screws to hold it together.
If you do an angle though, you will need a saw. We made two cuts. One for the angle, and one to cut it from a 40 inch long door to a 36 inch door.
If having a smooth underside is important, a Sektion cover panel could act as the table top too. 15 inch wide cover panels come in 32, 42 and 90 inch lengths. However, the cover panels are more expensive and slightly thinner than the doors (1/2 inch panel versus 5/8 inch door). I can vouch for the 5/8 inch thick door – it is plenty sturdy for a strong table top.
One imperfection of the design are the pre-drilled holes left exposed when the wine holders aren’t put in.
Someday it may bother me enough to put filler in and paint over it. Benjamin Moore’s paint color “Simply White” is a near perfect match for “Ikea white”. It’s the color we painted our trim, so we have plenty leftover. No gumption to do it though. Looks good. Fits good. Works good. I’m good.
Sektion Ikea kitchen cabinets as office furniture: I’ll show what we did with the darker built-ins just behind the desk.