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Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for This IKEA hack desk is easy to make with a cheap IKEA desk top and two small shelves. It’s perfect for a home office or any small workspace!

I am loving my new house, but I’ve got a few completely empty rooms. Sure, we’ll fill them with the furniture they deserve with time, but I decided one of the highest priorities was a desk for my office. We needed a cheap desk as soon as possible, so I looked at all the IKEA office ideas, and this beautiful IKEA hack desk for under $60 was born.

So, I went back and forth about what I wanted for a while, but as time was ticking by and I still had no desk I began to feel desperate.

The thoughts the 1 last update 2020/05/28 in my head went something like this:The thoughts in my head went something like this:

“I should just get an ugly desk from craigslist. Who cares what it looks like? I just need to get organized.”

Then “why are all the ugly desks on craigslist still $50 and up? I could make something for that.”

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for So, I decided to DIY. I just wanted it to be easy and functional as possible.

HOW TO MAKE A CHEAP DESK

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for What I ended up deciding was to get two small bookshelves from Target ($18 each) and then a big butcher block desk top or counter top from IKEA. But those were going to be a little more of an investment than I felt I should make at this point. So, while I was at IKEA staring at the pretty butcher block that I wasn’t feeling the price of, the gray LINNMON desk top spoke to me. It said “I’m going to be cute, just put some pretty things on me. Really, I’m on sale for $19 and you can even fit me in the car.” So, it convinced me. We took the gray desk top home and moved forward, feeling really good about the price tag and okay about how it would look.

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for I could have done this myself, it was that easy, but in full disclosure my husband did help me. We like to do projects together. 

HOW TO MAKE AN IKEA HACK DESK

1. Put the desk top face down on the floor
2. Measure where you want the bookshelves to be and make sure they are even.
3. Place the tops of the bookshelves on the bottom of the desk top
4. Drill them into place.

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for So, I looked at it and almost had second thoughts, but then I remembered my white and silver cart (also from IKEA, only $25!) that I had gotten for Christmas. I thought, actually, these look really nice together.

IKEA OFFICE IDEAS

So, a few accessories and organizers later, I think we’re in business! I still have big plans for an art wall above the desk to keep the inspiration really flowing. For now I decided to hang up a little banner. My favorite phrase is “like a boss” and I feel like it’s perfect for the office because it’s a little bit funny and a little bit encouraging.

I should add that I could have just gotten IKEA desk legs too, but I really wanted a desk with storage shelves. I have no other furniture at the moment, remember! Another plus, the shelves hide my cords! I can plug everything in and it’s all just tucked behind the shelf.

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for If you like the Andy Warhol-inspired heart print above, you can print it for free right here!

I’ve gotten a lot of questions since sharing this tutorial. Here are some of the most common questions and answers. 

How tall is this desk?

This desk is about 32.5″ tall after it is assembled. The bookshelves I used are 31″ tall and the IKEA desk top is 1 3/8″

Where can I find the bookshelves, chairs or bins you used?

Here are the quick links to the items I have used for this desk! *These are affiliate links.

   

 

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for You’ll probably also like these IKEA Hacks too:

IKEA Hack Headboard  – you can make this using the same IKEA desk top
Sarah’s Craft Room 
13 Beautiful IKEA Hacks
IKEA Clock Makeover

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  1. Crystal

    the 1 last update 2020/05/28 Hi!Hi!

    Can you tell us the length of the screws you used?

  2. Kynthia Johnston

    Do you think this would still work if you got a board or something from Lowe’s, Home Depot, etc.? All the butcher blocks I’ve found are $99-$250. Yikes!

    • Sarah

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      Yeah it might work but you would want a thick one! The price of butcher block is the main reason I went with the IKEA linnmon desk top instead!

  3. Emily

    Wish there was a tutorial! One shelve stayed in after flipping it and for 1 last update 2020/05/28 the other came right out.Wish there was a tutorial! One shelve stayed in after flipping it and the other came right out.

    • Sarah

      Sorry that happened! We have an updated tutorial for this desk, with video, in the the 1 last update 2020/05/28 works!Sorry that happened! We have an updated tutorial for this desk, with video, in the works!

  4. Katlyn

    What length screws did you use?

  5. Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Tiffany

    I made this desk but now need a very comfy chair that is the right height. Any thoughts please.

    • Sarah Sarah

      I wish I had a good recommendation! I still just use a fake Eames chair. It looks cute but not super comfy. I think an adjustable height office chair would be good.

  6. Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Cassie

    Is the chair a good height for you? I’m worried it will be too low for me! :(

    Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for I already put together my desk and am so excited!!

    • Sarah

      The chair was fine, but I do wish I had a nicer office chair, haha. So glad the 1 last update 2020/05/28 you got your desk made!! Hooray!The chair was fine, but I do wish I had a nicer office chair, haha. So glad you got your desk made!! Hooray!

  7. the 1 last update 2020/05/28 SandySandy

    I’ve viewed very impressive tutorials about building my own office desk and began to realize that I wasn’t comfortable using a cirular saw and the table top saw which was recommended first, I did not possess. As I continued enjoying more videos I kept thinking, “but I can..I should be able to make a desk without the saw.
    Thank You for Sharing Your journey, Jessica, today, because of You, I feel so much better about my desire to build my own desk! (Smile!)

    • Jessica

      Oh my gosh that is the nicest comment ever! You just totally made my day– thank you so much for coming back to let us know! And good luck with your new desk– you’ll love it!

  8. Linda


    Love this idea. Exactly what I was looking for, cheap! Youngest son just moved out and want to make his room into a craft room/ office. This is going to be perfect! simple but you can snaz it up with colorful accessories. Thanks for the idea

    • Jessica

      Yay! So glad you like it, good luck Linda!!

  9. Brenchktbertd Olafstreihtson

    здорово!

    • Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Jessica @ Pretty Providence

      Yay! Thanks so much for sharing! We’re glad you liked it!

    • Jessica @ Pretty Providence

      Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for

      Yay! Thanks so much for sharing! We’re glad you liked it!

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