When shopping for a cheap desk, your options number into the tens of thousands, but I bet there’s nothing better than a simple Ikea hack.
There is no official name for this hack; In fact, the idea — which has been popularized on Reddit (subreddits /r/battlestations and /r/ikea, specifically) as well as the PC gaming community on TikTok — could be very easy to earn the title of “hack”. At its simplest, all you need is a pair of Ikea’s Alex Drawers, a table of any kind, and a couple of optional extras.
Alex units—which have been on sale across the United States for a while—are the legs and foundation of your new desk. You can then choose a table top, stick some furniture grips on the Alex units and place the table on top of that. It’s literally that simple, and the result is a nice-looking, customizable desk that outperforms anything in its price range. Here’s exactly why it works, how to do it and everything you need to do.
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How to build an IKEA gaming desk
- Select the office home and measure:
- Read This If You Are Over 6 Inch 2:
- System and build:
- Organize and customize:
Where is the office going to sit? Get a tape measure and determine the maximum and minimum desk widths for your space. Repeat for desk depth. This will determine which tablets to monitor.
Users over 6″2 may find the desk is too low to be comfortable. If you are, consider some simple furniture lifters.
Order a room-appropriate nightstand (the most popular choices from Ikea are the affordable Linnmon and the more expensive Karlby), and Alex drawers and furniture lifts as necessary. The Alex drawer assembly is a lot like most Ikea designs: simple and annoying at the same time. Take your time, because the drawers will take up a lot of expensive weight (monitors, computers, speakers, etc.). Alex’s drawers also come with sticky furniture bumpers on top, which must be placed before a table top can be placed on them.
Consider cable management accessories, because an Ikea gaming desk setup doesn’t provide a natural way to hide a jungle of wires. Consider monitor arms, desk rugs, headphone holders, parking trays, and other means of eliminating clutter, too.
Why the Ikea Gaming Desk Hack makes sense
low price: The best argument (and the only one necessary, for some) is the total cost. Depending on the desktop you use, you can put together this one for as little as $200. Feel free to search Wayfair, Overstock, and other budget websites to prove otherwise, but there aren’t many $200 branch offices that offer what this does.
tremendous flexibility: You may be able to buy a desk that comes close to your favorite color scheme or size you want on a budget, but you may have to sacrifice elsewhere. This innovative Ikea setup puts the ball back in your court, allowing you to choose from a few colors for the “legs” and go with whatever desktop shape (and size) you want.
Movement friendly: Less priority for some would-be builders, but a traditional office is a pain to move with the house or just move around the house. Since the Ikea setup here is basically just a few things stacked on top of each other, any kind of movement is streamlined.
It just looks good: While this is purely an opinion, there aren’t many super cheap desks that look as clean as this setup with the right color combinations. Find a good example below and Google “Ikea Alex Desk setup” for more.