10 Ikea Desk Hacks: How to Make Your Home Office a Little Custom

I work from home. I spend a lot, I mean, A LOT, of time at my little desk in my office. It’s a serviceable desk. It’s even an Ikea desk. But it’s not an Ikea Desk hack, it’s just straight outta the box Ikea.

It was cheap, easy to put together and completely functional. But. I’m kind of itching for something a little more custom. Something with a tiny bit more elbow room, maybe. And perhaps drawer.

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. But, before I take the plunge, I need to know some things.

Is it difficult to do an Ikea desk hack? What exactly do I need for an Ikea desk hack? Am I going to have to use a drill? Where do I even begin?

Let’s take a look through some of my favorite Ikea desk hacks for the vast internet and see how much effort this will actually take, ok?

What Even Is a Desk?

When I first started working from home, I worked at my kitchen countertop. Let me tell you something. A kitchen counter top is not a desk. It is not the right fit ergonomically and you will not be comfortable AND if you have stone counters (like granite) you will freeze.

The granite will seriously try to freeze your wrists and forearms. You will not enjoy working here and you will find yourself covering your counter with a blanket.

After I figured out the countertops were no good, I moved to the dining room. Guess what? This is also NOT a desk. It is once again not ergonomically a good fit for typing and staring at a screen and I would be in discomfort after 15 seconds.

So, just like Goldilocks, I tried one more option. An ACTUAL desk and desk chair.

LO AND BEHOLD, I was finally comfortable. The desk was shorter than the counter and probably a tiny bit shorter than the dining room table, but using an actual desk chair was the game changer because I could adjust the height until I was comfortable.

So if you’re debating whether or not to use an ACTUAL desk and office chair, just skip all the “too tall” “too short” Goldilocks shenanigans and start with the right equipment.

But back to the question of what is a desk? Basically it’s a flat surface with a base of some sort.

Easy, right? When you think about it like that there are probably a million things you can think of that you could turn into a desk.

All you really need to decide is how big of a flat surface do you want/need and how do you want the base to function?

That’s where the Ikea Desk Hack comes in. They have SO many options for different flat surfaces and bases that you will definitely find something that works perfectly for you.

10 Ikea Desk Hacks Because You Need a Desk

So what we’re going to do is look at a bunch of Ikea Desk hacks and basically deconstruct them so that you get an idea of the different options for surfaces and bases.

Then you can go figure out what combination works best for you and make your own unique Ikea Desk Hack.

Sound good? Let’s go.

Glam Malm 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 (not from Ikea)
  • Base: 1 Malm Three drawer dresser and 1 4 cube Kallax and 1 adjustable leg

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

A 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? Save it til you have grandkids? That’s depressing.

Now you can turn it into a desk. You can even reuse the mattress as a cozy foot rest, although, I can totally see my cat making that his own bed.

  • Surface: Linmon Tabletop
  • Base: Crib 🙂

“Chopping 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 this 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 base cabinet

Computer Hutch Bookshelf

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 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: Billy Bookcase

Corner Desk

It’s nice to have two separate work spaces depending on the type of work you do.

I write. A lot. But I also craft, so a corner 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: Gerton Tabletop
  • Base: Adjustable legs

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

White and Gold Desk

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

Double Desk

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”.

But that’s not what I love about this Ikea Desk hack.

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: Karlby countertop
  • Base: Alex Drawer Unit and Hilver legs

Triple Desk

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.

Ok, maybe not, but maybe it will make them want to do their homework.

  • Surface: Wood planks
  • Base: Rast Dressers

Now What?

I hope that got your creative juices flowing and you’ve dreamed up your own amazing Ikea desk hack for your home.

Even if you don’t do a hack, you should at least go to Ikea and get a real desk and desk chair if you’re like I was and working on the kitchen counter or dining room table.

Your neck will thank you!