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Build a Modern Desk with an IKEA desktop

My four year old has had more rooms in her first four years of life then I have had in my first twenty. So for the past few weeks, I’ve been trying to make this one SPECIAL. Today I built a modern desk to go with my modern take on Andy’s room from her favorite movie, Toy Story. In the cut list I will provide two different options for a 28″ high desk and 30″ high desk. Both are standard heights for desks, but the latter of the two may be more applicable to your needs as an adult.


Difficulty:
Beginner


Time Required:
Weekend


Cost:
Under $70

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28″ High Desk

Desk Legs:
4 – 2×2 @26-5/8″ (front and back)
4 – 2×2 @ 20-5/8″ (top and bottom)
Base Support:
1 – 2×2 @ 40-1/4″ (bottom support place 6″ from bottom of legs)
1 – 1×2 @ 40-1/4″ (top support set flush with top of legs)

30″ High Desk

Desk Legs:
4 – 2×2 @28-5/8″ (front and back)
4 – 2×2 @ 20-5/8″ (top and bottom)
Base Support:
1 – 2×2 @ 40-1/4″ (bottom support place 6″ from bottom of legs)
1 – 1×2 @ 40-1/4″ (top support set flush with top of legs)

Rick

One stay at home dad (to be) conquers DIY and Diapers

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Erini

    Thanks, Rick! I just made three of these using your instructions and video and they turned out great! I ended up using 3/4 x 2 1/2 inch finished pine instead of 2×2’s. I also just used a drill bit to countersink instead of a first er bit. I love them, had so much fun, and really appreciate it. I can’t wait to make some more projects!

  2. Aaron

    Nice design. I am building this design but using mortise and tenon joints for durability. I will fix the top to the frame using wooden pegs which sit into rabbeted slots. My son has a tendency to climb on furniture!

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