Monday, March 5, 2018

IKEA Computer Desk Dream Build - Around $300

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I've had this idea for a while that I wanted to build my own computer desk from pieces from IKEA. I had watched many videos of people doing something similar on YouTube. I was so tired of my small desk and wanted something larger, plus, you can save so much money over buying a large desk.

I researched what I wanted from Ikea's website and went shopping. I ended up going with a 98" counter-top for the desk surface, which was definitely way bigger than my previous desk. For the base I chose two have 2 Alex Drawers, one on each end. I wanted to do something about the wiring with the new desk, it looked terrible on the one I was replacing. Luckily IKEA actually sold a cheap one that would do the trick and was easy to install.

Assembling the desk was pretty straight forward. I assembled the base cabinets first, then placed the counter-top on top. 4 screws mounted the cable management underneath. You can see the progress in the video below.

The parts:
Karlby Beech Counter-top (Link) $119 (now $159)
Alex Drawer (Link) $89, bought 2 for $178
Cable Management (Link) $12.99

Total Cost: $310.98

Additional Purchases:
Wood Base Table Lamp from Amazon (Link) $19.19
Sengled LED Smart Bulb from Amazon (Link) $9.99, bought 2
Desk Pad from Amazon (Link) $8.90
LED Strip from Amazon (Link) $7.99
Smart Switch for LED Strip - One I wasn't using.

The desk looks amazing! I built the whole thing for just over $300. There are so many options for you to go with at IKEA, you can definitely make it your own.

What do you think of the desk? Comment and share if you enjoyed this article!

Time Lapse Video of IKEA Computer Desk Build

New Desk Showing Cable Management (Wall to be painted later.)
Showing Cable Management
The Old Desk

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