1 x Besta fully extending drawer without front (which I don’t think Ikea does any longer, very sadly)
Other items used:
3.5cm x 0.5cm wood battens
In an earlier hack, unworthy of posting, I used to keep a printer this way in a Besta unit under a desk, but when the printer needed to be accessed, pulling on the bottom of the drawer meant the drawer bottom slid partly out of its slots: it needs a drawer front to keep it in place.
I’ve reorganised my space and now stack some short Besta units into a tall column and the printer is at chest height. Adding three strips of batten to the edges of the drawer keeps the drawer bottom in place and gives a place to grip for pulling the printer out to access the scan and copy plate. It’s all recessed in the cabinet so that I can also put a door on it (which I’ve not done yet).
I cut a hole in the back panel of the Besta unit to feed the power cable through. There’s also a half shelf up there that holds an extension lead and a battery charger.
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