Description: My husband and I needed a good workstation for the both of us. We had a lot of books, and wanted to incorporate them in a clean, simple way. I came up with my Ikea hack from this other desk hack here. I really preferred black and dark cherry stained wood (the top is cherry, although it looks black), plus we wanted to be able to spend as little money as possible. The Gorm unit was the cheapest I could find.
So we gathered all of our supplies, which included needing to go to Lowes and getting many cedar boards. We painted all of the Gorm shelves black, as well as 2 of the 8’x8″x1″ boards.
We then cut the Gorm posts to the right height. This was actually kind of scary because all of the holes needed to line up perfectly, which a few didn’t. So I sanded the ends to make everything even. It was a lot more work than one would have thought. I also sanded the planks of wood that would become stained.
At this point, we began installing the units. We put the Gorm pieces together, as well as attached the Ekby brackets and black shelves to the wall.
To attach the planks of wood together, we used leftover Gorm pieces. We actually did not drill through the predrilled holes in the Gorm posts because we thought it would be stronger.
Jules Yap started IKEAHackers.net in 2006 as a personal blog to showcase the most impressive IKEA hacks from all over the world. Since then, she has learned a lot more about power tools and DIY. Her site has helped thousands modify IKEA furniture with step-by-step tutorials, craft projects and home styling.