I suggest you have a play around before you get cutting. Everyone is different and has different needs. It’s not hard to mock different heights with the bookcase to see what works for you. My requirements and instructions are below.
I needed my monitor and laptop screen to be eye level, so I wasn’t straining my neck. I set the shelf at different elevations until I had found the perfect height. Then, I took it apart.
I wanted it to be 1350mm from the ground. From the top, I would have to remove 450mm. I cut the sides with a circular saw.
With the MDF backing, I used a Stanley knife for a cleaner cut. I kept the offcut from the top of the sides and used it as a template to drill the dowel and bolt holes at the top of the newly cut sides. With it all cut, it was time to reassemble the bookcase.
I needed the top to be larger so I could fit my monitor and laptop on it. I cut down a piece of ply to 300 x 750 mm. So I would have 75 mm on either side and 60 mm extra on the front. Then, I attached it with four small corner braces.
Adding the desk
Besides that, I needed to have a desk area. I ended up using a piece of laminated chipboard that was 565 x 440 x 20mm. With that, I had a desk with the depth of the bookcase 240 + 200 extra millimeters. I played around with different heights and settled with it being 1100mm from the floor. After that, I attached it with four corner braces.
Next, I needed an access point for an extension lead. So I can plug in my laptop, screen, and device chargers.
Wires are a nightmare.
I wanted a clean solution. Now that the top of the bookcase was removed, I had a spare shelf. I used this at 900 mm. Then, I got a scrap bit of wood and used it as a template to drill more holes for the new shelf.
I drilled two more large holes in the MDF backing. The holes were at the same level as this new “mini” shelf. The first was for the extension lead to go in.
The second was for the other wires to be fed out of and up to the top. Keep them out of sight but still accessible.
Voilà! My little lunch break project was completed. It was super fun to do and the first project I have done like this. What do you think?
~ by Charlie
#2 LERBERG temporary desk
A very simple mod turning the LERBERG shelving unit into a desk. And back again to shelving if you so wish.
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.