16 IKEA Desk Hacks That’ll Boost Productivity and Creativity

Are you looking for a way to upgrade your home office or workspace without breaking the bank? Do you want to create a desk that suits your style, needs, and budget? If so, you might want to consider IKEA desk hacks.

IKEA desk hacks are DIY projects that use IKEA products as the base or main components of a new and improved desk. You can customize your desk with different colors, materials, accessories, and features to make it more functional and attractive.

IKEA desk hacks are not only fun and easy to do, but they can also save you a lot of money. You can transform a simple and cheap IKEA table into a stunning and ergonomic desk that rivals the ones sold in high-end stores. Whether you need a large desk for multiple monitors, a small desk for a cozy corner, or a standing desk for better posture, we have something for you.

Ikea Malm Desk with Kallax Shelves

I love the idea of doing some type of an Ikea hack to get sort of a built-in or at least slightly more custom feel to my office desk. This is a great looking desk from Ikea Hackers. Definitely glam. I love how deep the surface is. There’s plenty of space on that thing.

But what’s it made of?

  • Surface: A large wood door
  • Base: 1 Ikea Malm Three drawer dresser and one 4-cube Ikea Kallax Bookcase and 1 adjustable leg

What’s great about this desk hack is that it offers some closed storage on one side with the Ikea dresser and then some open storage on the other with the Kallax cube.

A DIY Ikea Desk From A Crib

Say what?? A desk from a crib. Who THINKS of these things? Seriously.

Here’s what I love about this. When you’re kids are done with their crib, what do you do with it? Now you can turn it into a desk. You can even reuse the mattress as a cozy footrest, although, I can totally see my cat making that his own bed. It’s also a good idea for those with small spaces or an apartment

  • Surface: Linnmon Tabletop
  • Base: Crib

IKEA Alex Desk Hack with Glass Top

If you want a sleek and sophisticated desk that has a touch of glamour, this hack is for you. You can use an IKEA Alex drawer unit as the base of your desk and add a glass table top on top of it.

The Alex drawer unit has five drawers that you can use to store and organize your stuff. The glass table top will give your desk a clean and elegant look that reflects light and makes your space look bigger.

This hack is perfect for anyone who wants a classy and refined desk that also has plenty of storage space.

Chopping Block Makeover Desk

This is another super unique Ikea Desk hack. You know I love cutting boards from Ikea as wall decor, but I would never have thought of turning them into a desk. The variations in the wood of the cutting are really beautiful and I love them paired with these hairpin legs.

  • Surface: Skogsta Cutting Boards
  • Base: Hair Pin Leg

Monster Desk

This is like an office on a wall. The desk is massive and it’s attached a ton of storage. Storage is extremely important in my office. I know because at the moment, I don’t have any and therefore my office is a dump. I love the dark wood of this desk paired with the white storage. This looks like a relaxing place to work.

  • Surface: Barkaboda worktop
  • Base: Metod Ikea cabinets

Computer Hutch Bookshelf

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If you don’t have a whole office, but you want to be able to tuck everything away behind closed doors, then this computer hutch inside a bookshelf with doors might be perfect for you.

It allows you to have dedicated, properly set up desk space without taking up a whole room of your house. And when work time is over, you can shut the doors and shut off your work brain.

  • Surface: Plywood
  • Base: IKEA Billy Bookcase

IKEA Rast Desk Hack With Drawers

If you want a rustic and cozy desk that has plenty of drawers for your essentials, this hack is for you. You can use two IKEA Rast chests of drawers as the sides of your desk and add a wood plank on top of them.

The Ikea Rast chests of drawers have three drawers each that you can use to store and organize your stuff. You can also paint or use a wood stain to match your decor or preference.

Corner Desk Setup

It’s nice to have two separate workspaces depending on the type of work you do. I write. A lot. But I also craft, so a corner desk or L-shaped desk would work well for me because I could have a designated spot for my computer and another for my crafting.

Instead, I have a small laptop desk and I craft all over the house. It’s not good for keeping a tidy home. This corner desk would probably work well for me.

  • Surface: IKEA Gerton Tabletop
  • Base: Adjustable legs

IKEA Lagkapten/Alex Desk Hack

Here’s an easy way to add some luxe to your desk setup. You can use an IKEA Lagkapten/Alex desk as the base of your desk and add marble contact paper on top of it.

The marble contact paper will give your desk a sophisticated and expensive look that mimics the real thing. You can also choose from different colors and patterns of marble contact paper to match your decor or preference.

Live Edge Desk

Everyone loves a live edge, I think, right? My mom probably doesn’t, actually. But mostly everyone likes a live edge.

This pretty live edge desk is a completely different look than what you imagine from Ikea. That’s probably because the live edge wood doesn’t come from Ikea. But the legs are in fact from Ikea, making this a brilliant Ikea Desk Hack.

  • Surface: Live Edge Wood
  • Lerberg Trestle Legs

Ikea Alex Desk Hack with Gold Table Legs

Sometimes all you need for a good hack is a little spray paint. This pretty white and gold desk is the perfect example of that.

The legs are just spruced up a bit with some gold spray paint and it transforms the desk from minimal Ikea to girly glam.

  • Surface: Alex Desk
  • Base: Also Alex Desk

IKEA Double Desk Hack

This double desk is perfect if you need a homework spot for your two kids. Or it would also be perfect for me who really needs a “writing spot” and a “crafting spot”.

I really just love the way this looks. It’s so clean and minimal and it’s completely the opposite of what my desk looks like right now. Which is a hot mess.

  • Surface: IKEA Karlby countertop
  • Base: Ikea Alex Drawer Unit and Ikea Hilver legs

Ikea Triple Desk Hack

Maybe you have three kids who need to do homework? Then you need this triple desk!

I love the classic black-and-white look. This makes me feel very studious and I think it will make your kids even smarter. Ha!

  • Surface: Wood planks
  • Base: Ikea Rast Dressers

IKEA Nordli Barkaboda Desk Hack

This Ikea desk hack comes from the Reddit community.  They used the Ikea Barkaboda countertop, which is giant, and used Ikea Nordli Chest of Drawers for the desk’s base.  If you need a really long desk, this is awesome! 

Ikea Pegboard Desk Hack

Everyone knows about the IKEA pegboard.  If you don’t, ya better get on board!  They are like magic when it comes to creating a lot of storage space!  Especially if you have a small room and you need to use all the vertical space above your home office desk. It is a must for any home office space.  

How do I make my IKEA desk taller? 

To make your IKEA desk taller, there are several methods. The simplest method is to use furniture risers, which are widely available online or in home improvement stores. These are small platforms that you place under each leg of your desk to elevate it. Another method involves replacing the desk legs with taller ones, which can be purchased from IKEA or other furniture stores. Alternatively, you can also add an additional layer of material to the desktop, such as a second tabletop or a thick wooden board, to increase its height. 

IKEA desk hacks are a great way to create a desk that suits your style, needs, and budget. You can customize your desk with different colors, materials, accessories, and features to make it more functional and attractive.  Follow us on Pinterest for more of our hacks and DIYs! 

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