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Built In Wall Desk on a Budget

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MrKate_Built_In_Office (3 of 19)

They say that you are what you eat, and while that may be true (and that may mean you’ll have to start calling me Mr. Kombucha instead), I think it’s even truer that you are where you work. I don’t mean that literally (though I literally am and work at Mr. Kate), but rather that your desk set up is indicative of the type of person you are and what kind of amazing things you can create, even if we’re talking spreadsheets.

I know that some of you have office-mandated cubicles (which I have some great decor tips for!) but if you happen to have the freedom to create your own office structure, than I happen to have the perfect #IkeaHack for a beautiful, built-in, and budget friendly desk!

MrKate_Built_In_Office (4 of 19)

MrKate_Built_In_Office (3 of 19)MrKate_Built_In_Office (14 of 19)Prep It:

2 Ikea Alex cabinets
1 Butcher block kitchen countertop in the length of your choice
Ikea kitchen cabinets to fit your desk width (from the Sektion collection)

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Do It!:

  1. Assemble the Alex cabinets (which you can see Team Mr. Kate do, with questionable levels of success in episode 2 of Office Goals!), or have someone who loves you assemble them instead and while you go on an iced tea run.
  2. Position the Alex cabinets up against the wall and mount the kitchen countertop on top of them, using them as proxy table legs. The hack in using a kitchen countertop is that it’s customizable to the look you’d like in your specific office, and is usually designed to both look beautiful and be highly durable — two qualities that I feel most desks are lacking in consideration of.
  3. Finish the space off by hanging the Metod cabinets on the wall above your new countertop desk. The height is dependent on your particular space, but I recommend about a yard! This gives you the perfect wall space for any inspiration or a cute calendar!
  4. Optional step is to use a hole saw drill bit attachment (like Joey did in episode 2 of Office Goals) to drill a hole for your power cords to run through so your counter top can sit flush to the wall.
  5. Get to work!

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