A New Office Table!
Yet another office desk! It seems like my Pinterest feed has been slammed with pictures of offices, desk and other IKEA hacks. However, I really really needed more storage and surface area in my studio.
I had lined up an enormous project which had consumed my dinning room table. This was problematic since my 3 year old and 10 month old need a table to eat at or the living room would soon have a fine layer of food paste over every surface. My studio is not that big, only 6' x 10.5' section of my living room, quarantined off by bookshelves. To accommodate a beast of a project, I needed a fairly large table with lots of storage, that did not cost too much.
After looking for ideas online, I searched Craig's List for a cheap table but came up empty. The Craig's List desks were either too expensive or did not have enough storage. Then I came up with my amazing idea for my new table. I bought two shelving units form IKEA, then went to a hardware store to buy a piece of MDF and 1" x 2" piece of wood. I measured the height of the book shelves, 30", so I could (really I had my husband do it, he is much more gifted at these things than I am) screwed in the 1" x 2" piece of wood, cut to the desired length, into the wall at 30". The desired length for me was 5' because I wanted the MDF to over hang the 1" x 2" a little bit. Personally I don't like tables falling apart as I am crafting projects on them, so it is a good idea to find the studs and screw the 1" x 2" into them if you can. Using drywall anchors or other such things is a good idea if you don't have studs to screw into. Then I spaced the bookshelves 3' away from the wall.
Now I didn't think this project all the way out before starting it. I imaged this table going a totally different direction. When I bought the supplies, I had the MDF cut at the store into two sections. MDF is bought in a sheet of 4' x 8'. I had the store employees cut it at 5' from the edge. Thus having a 4' x 5' and a 4' x 3'. Uh oh! I have a big problem, neither piece is the right size to cover my 3' x 5.5' table.
But I am in luck! Have you ever picked up MDF? It is very heavy, so heavy it is like picking up a horse. I am exaggerating.. a little. Since I am a fairly small person at 5'1", I didn't want to pick up a 3' x 5.5' piece of MDF every time I needed to get something from the storage behind the bookshelves. You see the bookshelves are only 15" deep and they are placed 3' from the wall so that leaves me with 21" of empty space. I need a lot of storage! Score! I have bookshelves and 21" of empty space I can put even more stuff in. Who doesn't like hiding their clutter?
To solve my problem, I used the 4' x 3' piece of MDF and then cut a 19.5" x 3' piece from the 4' x 5' piece of MDF. Now I have a small section that is easy to left and a medium section that is easy to slide so I can reach all of my storage behind that bookshelves.
Total Cost: $103 (but I didn't use all of the MDF) MDF ($31), 1" x 2" ($2), IKEA Shelves ($70)
Please tell me of a time that your project didn't go as planned but worked out in the end!