I needed a cheap desk to fit in a small space. The IKEA Micke desk was just right, but there were two problems people have complained about with using this desk for a desktop computer:
1. The desk lacks ‘depth’, meaning that if you put the keyboard in front of the monitor, the monitor is too close to your eyes.
2. The drawer hangs too low, so if you adjust your chair to the right height to keyboard, you hit your knees on the underside of the drawer.
So, I built the main part of the desk as per the instructions. But instead of inserting the drawer into the drawer tracks, I attached the drawers’ tracks to a piece of pine 2cm thick, to act as the keyboard tray.
To make the keyboard tray:
I cut a piece of pine 64.2cm wide (required width – this is the same width as the drawer you are replacing), 28.5cm ‘deep’ (this measurement is flexible) and 2cm thick (this dimension is somewhat flexible).
I took the metal tracks that were made to attach to the IKEA drawer, and drilled some holes in flaps that normally support the underside of the drawer.
I screwed the metal tracks to the underside of the piece of pine, using the holes I drilled.
I inserted the keyboard tray into the desk, in place of the drawer.
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.