Desk Upgrade

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by JeffyTheQuik, Jan 6, 2016.

  1. JeffyTheQuik macrumors 68020

    JeffyTheQuik

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2014
    Location:
    Charleston, SC and Everett, WA
    #1
    Hello,

    I'm not sure if this is the correct forum, but what I'm looking for is a way to add a shelf to a desk. One thing to note is my desk top is an Ikea hack, and the only surface I have to mount from is a desk top. The desk looks like this:
    [​IMG]

    I need brackets that attach to the top surface, preferably clamp on to it, and will support a shelf, about half the width of the top of the desk, and run the entire length, so I'd have, in effect, another horizontal surface that can be supported by 3 or 4 of these offset brackets.

    I've seen some VESA mounts that I might be able to use, that I'd have to turn the VESA mounting to act as the shelf support, but if there is a more elegant solution, could you please send me the link to those brackets?

    It has to be attached to the desk, as my desk has wheels too, and I may want to move it elsewhere in the room/house. The Home Depot guy suggested a wall shelf, and Mrs. Thequik said "no go" to that.

    Thank you!
     
  2. satcomer macrumors 603

    satcomer

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2008
    Location:
    The Finger Lakes Region
    #2
  3. lrmd98 macrumors member

    lrmd98

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2016
    Location:
    London
    #3
    Hi there, IKEA do actually sell a range of desk add-ons. Not sure if they'll be quite what you're looking for.
    Hopefully they're of some use to you.
    Links:
    http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/50180027/
    http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/40245703/
    http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/20260718/

    Luke.
     
  4. JeffyTheQuik thread starter macrumors 68020

    JeffyTheQuik

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2014
    Location:
    Charleston, SC and Everett, WA
    #4
    Thank you for the ideas, and those are close, especially the first one, however, I'd want the upper shelf to be just that one, and not have the things underneath. The desk that I constructed is from Ikeahackers.net, and that is the fun of this... Taking the great things that Ikea makes to make them work for me!

    I have thought about using something like this:
    [​IMG]
    Turning the VESA mount 90 degrees as the support for the shelf. (This one only goes 10 degrees, so it's out) There is another one that I can use, and just remove the mount, and use that for the shelf. I'm just worried about the strength of the stand, and I'm looking at using 3 or 4 of them.
     
  5. lrmd98 macrumors member

    lrmd98

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2016
    Location:
    London
    #5
    Oo, impressive work; i'm just going to check out that website now, previously thought about combining flat packs from IKEA, but never got round to it.
     
  6. JeffyTheQuik thread starter macrumors 68020

    JeffyTheQuik

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2014
    Location:
    Charleston, SC and Everett, WA
    #6
    It is a stand up desk! I did the calculations, and the horizontal surface is right at my elbows, so they are bent at a 90 degree angle. I'm going to get a small riser for my Mac, so the top of it is at eye level.

    One interesting thing is my :apple: Watch tells me that I need to stand, even when I'm already standing. I figure that I just need to move around. The only time I sit is when I have the flight simulator going. There aren't too many stand up flight decks out there.
     
  7. JeffyTheQuik thread starter macrumors 68020

    JeffyTheQuik

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2014
    Location:
    Charleston, SC and Everett, WA
    #7
    For those of you wondering, the desk I made cost about $250, and the instructions can be found here:
    http://www.ikeahackers.net/2012/01/large-standing-desk-for-200.html

    (By the way, if you don't like that one, use the search at Ikeahackers.net )

    It took me (I'm a better woodworker in my mind than I am in reality. I measure twice, and cut three times.) about two hours to put it together, including assembly time for the bottom part. I used wheels at the bottom, instead of the legs.

    The measurements can be found at:
    http://wiki.colar.net/ikea_standing_desk#.VpKdRjblR0c
     

Share This Page