This is my IKEA desk hack of the BEKANT sit-stand Desk, adding a touchscreen control panel and a height memory feature.
The original controls for the sit/stand desk were extremely basic, with just two buttons — up and down. With these 2 buttons, you can adjust the height of the table top electrically from 65 to 125 cm to ensure an ergonomic working position.
I like changing positions between sitting and standing, which helps me move my body and lessen the stiffness from sitting too long. Working standing up also makes me more alert.
However, what I found lacking in the BEKANT sit-stand desk was a height memory. I had to adjust the desk height manually each time I wanted a different position. I figured an upgrade from the basic Up and Down buttons was necessary.
IKEA item used:
BEKANT sit/stand desk
These were the original controls for the sit/stand desk with the two “Up” and “Down” buttons. But kudos to IKEA for managing to keep it so minimal.
I wanted to attempt to control the movement of the IKEA Bekant Desk sit/stand height with M5Stack Core2 using two Relay units and a ToF (time-of-flight sensor VL53L0x) unit.
It worked really well.
I now control the up and down movements with a touchscreen interface that can store up to 6 height values. Very useful if you have different users for the desk.
Why did you decide to hack the IKEA BEKANT touchscreen?
Because there is no such thing on the market. And for fun! Many sit/stand desks in the market have up to 4 memory buttons, though probably not an LCD touch screen. The IKEA BEKANT control has neither, just Up and Down.
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.