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Alex Desk Ikea

Alex Desk Ikea

I love my desk. I’ve had it for a few years now and done some good work at it. The only problem is that I love space too. In fact, I love space a little more than I love my desk. So when I realized that 2/3 of the volume my desk takes up is gorgeous empty space, I knew something had to change. The space under the desk is basically cut off from use because the table top area is permanently in place.
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Alex Desk Ikea

Thankfully, we had erred on the side of cutting too little off the desk. If we had cut too much on the first go, we wouldn’t have been able to salvage the project. We started over, and this time we nailed the measurements. What tripped us up in the first place was failing to account for the extra length from the hinges. These hinges were crucial to my design because they allowed the desk to be quickly transformed from its original design to a standing unit with 1/3 the footprint of a normal desk.Once we had the desk section cut to the right size, we attached the hinges so the top section folded the right way.
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Alex Desk Ikea

Finally, my vision was a reality. I have the desk I need for work AND about 2 cubic meters of extra space in my room whenever I’m not working. Ok, so I had to compromise a little, my desk is now about 15cm shorter than it used to be. We had to lose this to make the top of the desk equal the length of the legs. So I have less space to actually work on. But to be honest, this doesn’t bother me. there’s still plenty of space for a laptop, journal and any other bits and pieces I use. For me, the extra space is cheap at the price!
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Alex Desk Ikea

Rated 5 out of 5 by ktwinters from The drawers hold a lot; Cord panel is great This is an extremely sturdy desk with good design. I use it in our small apartment in the living room and needed something that had some design to it. The legs are metal and the top has held up well to daily use. The drawers hold a shocking amount, but I have to say that my favorite feature is the hidden cord compartment. Again, since I have this desk in my living room, I wanted to keep clutter to a minimum– this desk does it all! Date published: 2017-05-22
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Alex Desk Ikea

Rated 3 out of 5 by canvasmaker from I like it but the drawers don’t work right We use the desk in our kitchen. It’s added much needed counter top space plus a very nice place to sit and do some paperwork. The only problem is the drawers have never worked right. They get stuck on the way out and stuck again on the way back in. If IKEA has a way to fix this, we would love to hear about it. Otherwise, we’ll just keep “limping” along. Date published: 2017-04-27
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Alex Desk Ikea

For my design to work, the middle section of the desk had to equal the height of the desk’s legs. If the middle section was too long the legs wouldn’t sit right on the storage unit, if it was too short they just wouldn’t fit. We cut the sections to measurements we thought were correct but we got it wrong! Disaster!
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Alex Desk Ikea

Rated 2 out of 5 by wooish from Desk looks nice, the stand I got may be defective I would give it a 4 if I can get the metal stand to work. Bought this last week and get to install today. Desk has many parts but instructions are straightforward. I didn’t have any issue until step 18 trying to install the metal stand. The stand I received may be defective because it wouldn’t snap in (too many free plays), the stand is wiggly and fell apart so I can’t complete the installation. So I’m basically stuck at step 18. Can I just bring in the stand to exchange? Took me about 45min to install the desktop portion so I don’t think I want to take it apart. Date published: 2017-05-22
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Alex Desk Ikea

Rated 2 out of 5 by Agniezka from Great design but came damaged Lovely piece of design. Would be perfect if we had not found having bought it 2 days ago that the tabletop came bashed on one edge, unfortunately the side showing at the front. With Ikea being 45mn away and the box having been so heavy to transport and carry upstairs, we decided to keep it and assemble it, but it is a shame to see such a beautiful design being damaged when new. There should be tighter quality control as the packaging was in perfect condition but not the tabletop inside. Date published: 2017-05-24
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I had the idea of cutting the wooden top section in 3 pieces and using hinges to allow it to fold up onto itself. I was hesitant to cut the wood and interrupt the lovely grain I had painstakingly varnished years before, but I thought the trade off for more usable space would be worth it. So after months of hemming and hawing, I finally got to sawing. I invited my friend Stephen The Carpenter over and we got to work. The first task was careful measurement. I knew I couldn’t go back once I cut my desk in pieces, so we followed the old craftsman’s adage of measure twice, cut once, (more on this later)
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We reattached the legs and fastened the desk to the storage unit with a set of brackets that matched the hinges. I bought plain brassy-looking hinges, brackets, and screws from a local hardware store for under €20. I think they match the wood nicely.

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