I had a few VIKA AMON tables laying around (literally) and liked the style of the KALLAX bookshelves.
This was almost perfect, but the I still needed more height.
Unfortunately, our “local” IKEA store (175 miles away) was out of the KALLAX casters, so I got some from the local home improvements store.
Turns out a standard 3″ caster was perfect to raise the table height to a level that felt comfortable enough to hold all of my non-workstation items (phone, loose papers, coffee mug, etc).
To complete the build, I braced two VIKA AMON table tops together using an 11 x 24″ piece of steel that I got from a local welder. Then I secured the tops to the KALLAX shelves using 2 1/2″ particle board screws AND a 2″ fender washer.
The washer was a very necessary piece, otherwise, the screw would just keep drilling right through and out the top of the desk surface.
The casters were attached with 1 1/2″ particle board screws and no washers.
Last, I braced the final product to the studs in the back wall with a 6″ zinc plate (~$18 at Lowe’s)
Since I remodel a lot at home I came up with ideas for a KALLAX desk that I could modify later, whenever it catches my fancy.
All I did was removed one shelf in the KALLAX (2×4). This is now underneath my desk and this space is where I put my legs.
Picture below shows another possibility — with the KALLAX 2 x 4 at the end instead of under the table tops. This is probably not as secure for holding the table tops up. But better use of vertical space.
Other than that, I secured the desk boards to the KALLAX with the pieces that was included but meant for the wall.
I strongly recommend the ALEX add on unit because it really makes this into a “desktop”.
~ by Tanuki
Originally posted on December 4, 2014. Updated with new content.
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.