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  • Build or Buy desk – the other thread just gives me bad gateway?
  • Premier Icon WorldClassAccident
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    I currently have two basic Ikea desks sat side by side with my various computers and crap spread across them. The main one I sit at is getting pretty tatty with the white plastic coating lifting i a number of places and a whole where I dropped something on it.

    A simple Ikea replacement is the obvious £25 choice but I really don’t like the sharp edges of the desk that cut into my forearms while I type. Now I spend more time here is is more annoying.

    A standard cantilever office desk is about £150 from Office Hippo and would do the job but looks very work like for my house.

    I have the tools to build something but am not sure of a good design to use and worry that I will end up with either something knocked up in 3/4″ ply that does the job but looks a bit primitive or I end up with a beautiful desk with routed edges and inlaid blah, blah, blah that I can’t use for fear of scratching it.

    The needs are pretty basic as it is replacing a simple desk with a leg in each corner and 75cm deep x 150cm wide, currently no shelves, drawers etc. The second desk is the same but less used so I could keep it or make a single desk at about 240cm wide?

    Anyone built a good desk or know of some good designs?

    Premier Icon rossburton
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    The easy DIY options include kitchen worktop (worktop-express.co.uk will cut to size and make holes for cables) or thick ply (you can get 24mm ply with formica top online) with hairpin or steel legs.

    I’m leaning towards a piece of kitchen worktop because they look nice and worst case I can sand and varnish any damage.

    Premier Icon BigJohn
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    Get a piece of 18mm melamine faced board and fix a half-round moulding on the edges with double sided tape, glue, tacks or dominos (whichever you have to hand). B&Q will have this.

    Premier Icon towpathman
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    Going through the same thought process here. Currently wondering if steel legs (loads on Etsy/eBay) with a span of 2m is enough support for a 40mm oak worktop

    Premier Icon joshvegas
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    We have bamboo IKEA tops. Bevelled edge underneath.

    I hated the one in each corner legs they had because I know what happens when they’re twatted with a hoover regularly so they are on IKEA metal trestles.

    I think all in each one was 60quid

    The good are light but very very rigid. I’m quite pleased with them. Still considering a sitting standing base but the top will stay.

    Premier Icon WorldClassAccident
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    Kitchen worktops as desks look a bit like the poor cousin of cheap ply – fine for the garage but not something I want in the office.

    Are the Ikea Bamboo tops actually Bamboo or cladding over cardboard like most of their stuff?

    Tempted to go for a build with real wood

    Premier Icon b230ftw
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    IKEA do a desk top made of solid wood still, it’s £75 (can’t remember the name sorry) and pretty big, I got one for my wife’s art table. As it’s solid wood you can put a chamfer or rounded edge on it.
    A lot cheaper than the equivalent Worktop Express choice too.

    Premier Icon fingerbang
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    heres the desk I built just before Xmas

    It’s 64cm deep and 146 cm long
    The top is a standard Howdens laminate kitchen worktop which I just put a frame of 1 X 2 round

    The frame is just standard timber yard wood so it didn’t cost much. Maybe 40£ ish for the timber and £25 for the top which was gumtree

    It’s great I love it. I copied a plan off t’interne. if you’re interested. I’ll send it to you

    There are a lot of 45 Deg mitre cuts and some 30 Deg so you’ll need a mitre saw unless you’ve the patient of a saint

    Premier Icon joshvegas
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    Are the Ikea Bamboo tops actually Bamboo or cladding over cardboard like most of their stuff?

    They’re definitely hollow but I know exactly what you’re talking about about and these don’t feel as flimsy. If they are cardboard inside it’s not immediately apparent.

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    Premier Icon suburbanreuben
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    I use my Dad’s old A1 drawing board with a couple of legs off Ebay. Just the right size, bags of character, and a few old memories.
    .Kind of like this https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-draughtsman-architects-wooden-drawing-board/313377186423?hash=item48f6bc6277:g:lLYAAOSwh-Rf8fej

    But nicer…

    Premier Icon joshvegas
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    Are you new here gingerbang?

    wCA doesn’t follow plans. He treads his own path. A path cleared with wild flaily things and marked with blood splatter.

    Premier Icon andy8442
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    Ikea 3m worktop, with a 3 drawer drawer pack at each end. Perfect

    Premier Icon simon_g
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    https://www.surreytimbers.co.uk/product-category/live-edge-table-tops/

    I used kitchen worktops (solid beech, but posher woods available) to do a big corner desk for my wife. Battens on the walls, then Ikea Alex drawers/cupboard for support too.

    Premier Icon nixie
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    Nick, get a nice motorised sit stand base (£150-£200) and stick whatever surface area on it you want (or just get their standard surface with it). We have two flexispot bases now which are nice, didn’t cost too much and work better than the stupid expensive one I have in the office.

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    I custom built one into an awkward corner out of crappy looking 150×40 construction timber doweled and glued to make the top. It’s supported along two sides (back and right) edge by an interference fit set of battens on the wall and then a diagonal leg from wall to the other front corner.

    Someone with much more patience then me would have planed it properly flat to take the distortion out of the timber but since I was on a deadline and I only really use a keyboard/mouse or thick pad on it the imperfections don’t bother me. I chucked on some stain and job done.

    I’ve done 40-60 hours a week at that desk most weeks since I built it in the spring.

    It was cheap too, I like cheap as it leaves more money for beer and bikes and boats and curry and (you get the idea)

    Premier Icon chrisyork
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    We made one out of old floorboards, old wide ones… will find a pic and post when I can

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    Ikea 3m worktop, with a 3 drawer drawer pack at each end. Perfect

    I like the look of this, few videos on YouTube of them but they seem to put an extra leg in the middle. Is that really needed? Ideally want to be able to stretch legs out without hitting anything, and not sure if a leg in the way would constantly annoy me…..

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    I used a length of solid worktop. Battens along the wall for the back and right hand end to sit on, a leg on the left front corner. And a cantilever leg near the middle so that you don’t smack your legs on it.

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    I bought a solid grey metal IKEA base a few weeks ago and topped it with some cheap laminate as I couldn’t be bothered to do it properly in lockdown.
    My last desk was oak worktop over 2 cabinets, fine for 10+ years. I think oak worktop framed like fingerbang has looks really quite good.

    My plan is to eventually swap the cheap laminate for a piece of live edge wood, been watching Matt estrea on YouTube and he gave me some serious desk envy. The link to Surrey timbers above is where he gets his from.

    Premier Icon b230ftw
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    This is the IKEA desk top I referred to above:

    https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/p/gerton-table-top-beech-50106773/

    It’s solid beech and decent value compared to the solid worktop options. It does have some metal strengthening rods/strips underneath to stop it sagging (I presume cos it’s not as thick as a worktop).

    It’s a nice size at 155x75cm, but bigger than normal and as it’s solid too you could adapt it a bit more for your needs. I wanted to round off the edges but my wife likes it at 90 degree (there is a little chamfer on it).

    We have 2 IKEA plain white legs (£2.50 each!!!!) which are nice and solid and a matching drawer unit at the other end – the drawers are really nice despite being a bit of a faff to construct.

    I’ll try and get a pic later.

    EDIT:
    Sorry it does look a bit small in this pic as my wife has all her painting stuff and a canvas on it but it’s big for a normal desk.

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    Underneath

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    I can refinish it at any time and make it reasonably waterproof (she needs it due to paint/water she uses).

    Premier Icon itlab
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    Like a few others in this thread I’ve got an off cut of oak worktop as the top of the desk

    And then some steel legs from

    https://wickedhome.co.uk/shop-new/

    As the base (the also do complete desks which are good for ideas although some are crazy money)

    Premier Icon WorldClassAccident
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    Motorised base – nice idea but as I cannot stand up for long it is probably wasted on me.

    Surry Timber – Nice idea and was tempted by this Bubinga Top but slightly put off by this £7,200.00

    Ikea Gerton solid beech looks like a good possibility but is out of stock and not available online which is annoying.

    I will check out some kitchen work top places though as I guess there will be a selection of solid wood ones available.

    Cheers Guys

    Premier Icon HoratioHufnagel
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    The monitors I have (from work) sit about 100mm from the wall even when the stand is pushed right back, so I found kitchen worktop wasn’t quite deep enough at 600mm.

    I knocked something up out of an old wardrobe door, supported by some 1×2, mounted in an alcove. It’s about 120 x 75cm

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    I got a kit from the hairpin leg company. Bevelled edge Formica topped ply in grey and some lovely hair pin legs. Looks good, does the job.

    They supply legs on their own or kits with a table top in a few sizes. Nice selection of leg colours/ finishes. Quick and free delivery iirc.

    Premier Icon b230ftw
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    The monitors I have (from work) sit about 100mm from the wall even when the stand is pushed right back, so I found kitchen worktop wasn’t quite deep enough at 600mm.

    That can be an issue with worktops. Some are 620mm, my solid oak kitchen worktops were 640mm IIRC to allow for scribing.

    Or you could go full on influencer/Instagram style and get a live edge board and fill bits in with weird coloured resin to get a gaudy/plasticy looking horror show. 😂

    Premier Icon Dickyboy
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    Not really possible in lockdown but I bought a s/h ikea galant corner desk plus extension off ebay, lopped the corner bit off and now have a nice birch veneer desk 2200 x 800

    Premier Icon b230ftw
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    I have noticed a few “working at home” things popping up on eBay recently – desks/monitors etc. Maybe people going back to office or lost jobs getting rid?

    Premier Icon lankystreakofpee
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    I spent the first 6 months of lockdown using a dressing table as a desk which wasn’t deep enough really, so I built a desk big enough for me and the wife to both WFH out of oak worktop but I went for a 720mm deep version to give more desk space.

    As a complete stroke of luck, the offcut of the 3m worktop was exactly the right length to use as a support in the middle. Rock solid and much more comfortable!

    I also spent ages looking for some sort of cable management tray but they were expensive and not really what I wanted, so I made my own out of square guttering from B&Q for a few quid. Bargaintastic!

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    At the risk of answering a different question (which I think is standard op practice for STW), I bought a height adjustable desk from sit-stand.com towards the end of last year – it was c£550 inc delivery.

    It’s really transformed my comfort levels. Before I was suffering from back ache but now I can work standing up and move around on the many long meetings that I have to attend. I’m also working with a colleague who has a similar set up albeit with a treadmill underneath so he spends much of the day “walking” in meetings.

    I customised the desk – there was a large choice of desk top colours and sizes available and I added a few extras like lockable wheels on the feet, chrome cable holes and a memory setting thing for then desk heights etc. Without that it would have come in at around £450 when bought on one of their promotions.

    Along with a decent sloping desktop port replicator / laptop wedge the desk has been my best purchase for pandemic home working.

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    Surry Timber – Nice idea and was tempted by this Bubinga Top but slightly put off by this £7,200.00

    its funny because I don’t think its even very attractive timber its just brown and you can get that for alot cheaper 😀

    Premier Icon singletrackmind
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    How about an Oak window sill with 3 x lenghts of planed square edge behind?
    Covers or Sydnhams should stock them . Rolled edge ,decent finish , enough depth soyou can used decent sized screws to make a frame .
    Then either router a biscuit joint ? or drill and dowel and glue the boards on the back.
    Sydnhams have 250mm pse usually , add a window sill to 2 widths ,some woodstain, job jobbed .
    Or T&G boards on th back of a window sill might be ok

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    Anyone looking at The Hairpin Leg Co (recommended btw), for some reason their Etsy shop is consistently 15% cheaper than their website.

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    Legs from amazon here

    American walnut worktop from here , I got them to cut and edge profile the worktop for me, bought a 2m x 900mm x 40mm – cut and profile edge yourself if you are capable, im not due to ms so had to get them to do it for me.

    Use two of the sample blocks to sit/mount rear shelf on desk, I screwed the sample block up into shelf, then placed shelf on worktop and screwed into sample block from underneath

    Total cost about £500ish and treated with Osmo wood wax finish extra thin clear satin but you could build it for a lot cheaper by using a cheaper wood worktop or buying a damaged worktop surface and sanding/repairing it yourself.

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    Is it still that tidy?

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    Scaffolding planks here. Edges cut straight and joined, sanded smooth then Osmo. I left the metal end pieces on, and the stamped in name of the manufacturer gives it character.
    Sat atop 2 Ikea trestles. It’s about 3ft deep and 7ft long, so there’s plenty of space.
    Not much effort to make, looks good and cheap.

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    Pics were taken 20 mins ago so yes, I despise clutter and stuff as things lying around really **** with my head (secondary progressive ms does strange things to my brain so I’ve totally cleared my house of unnecessary stuff)

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    @yosemitepaul – Did you not find the scaffold boards warp when they dry out? I’ve made a few things with them but no matter what I do, I still get warping and it looks crap.

    Premier Icon yosemitepaul
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    @hooli – no problem with warping, I used recycled boards, so I guess they were fairly dry. After joining them I put offcuts at either end doweled to each board for their full width. It’s been made a couple of years now. A bit agricultural, (which suits our house) but does a great job.

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    Ok, thanks. I’ll try a few options as I have a pile in the garage that want using.

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