OMG the Kitchen Table Became My Desk




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Introduction: OMG the Kitchen Table Became My Desk

About: I am a designer and a developer from Italy. Currently I live in Berlin

It all started with IKEA Ingo
t is a very cheap real wood table. I think it is one of the best IKEA products.

It is filed as a kitchen table, and that's true. But I really like wood, and I really like minimalism, so why don't use it as a desk?

Step 1: Proof of Concept

I always recommend people to sketch up their thoughts before starting DIY projects.
So here is my sketch about how I would my desk to look. I made it in blender.

On the right side I placed my audio equipment (a soundcard and a synth).
On the left side I placed my (closed) laptop.

Step 2: The Headphone Holder

This is from IKEA, it is a wall clothes holder but it works perfectly to hold my headphones :)

Step 3: The Shelf

The shelf over the desk is quite simple, I made it using wood.
Fix the shelf using screws.
Very minimal, very simple, very good.

Step 4: The Cables Holes

I have made a couple of big holes to let me hide the laptop cables.
To make the holes better looking, I used some popular Italian can caps.
Oh, I wanted something which could keep balance the cables. The caps were perfect for that.

Step 5: The Poor Man Speaker Stand

I made some poor man speaker stand using a marker and some Velcro.

Step 6: The Power Button

I hadded a power button simply substituting the standard one of a power strip.
I wanted a nicer one ;)



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    sorry just came off :)

    what a beaut! I like your table stand. will do one like that myself!

    just a few notes about electrical safety with this set up - make sure the switch, and any connecting wires used. ideally, for safety reasons, a 2-pole switch should be used, and you should insure that it is rated to handle at least double the standard voltage in your country (US voltage = 110 , pretty much everywhere else (AFAIK) uses around 230 V ). there's nothing to stop you doing it differently, but please be careful - electricity can and will kill you if are not careful.

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    Something tells me that this comment belongs to another 'ible oO

    It belongs here, as OP used a switch to turn on/off the power strip in the last picture :)

    Oh, I missed that in 2013.

    Those pens will still transfer bass frequencies from the speakers to your desk. I'd invest in some proper foam stands.

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    Or you could cut down some mouse mats and place them under the speakers. I use some old thick glossy car magazines, they do the job perfectly

    We have the same blonde in our room

    Yamaha HM50's (

    Oh, no. Just an hobbyst. Would you hear some ?

    Nice. My concern would be the height of the keyboard unless you saw the legs and open a place for the knees.

    Thank you this gives me a great idea for those who sew or do crafts. I purchased a tall dining take to cut my patterns on, it comes with a leaf that I have to store in the closet, I am going to use it in the back of the table as a shelf as you did here.and while cutting fabric it can hold my small containers and scissors etc. Genius...I wish I had thought of this...Thank you.

    Wouldn't those tin lids eventually cut the wires?

    Nice setup and I really like the simplicity. Function = Beauty.

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    I used a lot of sandpaper on those.
    Anyway, if your cables are not "hair", there is not any problem.

    Thank you sir

    This is cool, thanks for sharing. I'm unclear on a few things, could you clarify?

    1 - Why do you need to lift the speakers above the desk surface, was there vibration?
    2 - What does it mean to attach the shelf "with wires"? I couldn't figure out the connection mechanism