Another Ikea hack anybody???
This cloffice (closet + office) ikea hack is so easy and fun to put together!
We started by uninstalling the closet maid wire closet and measuring the closet to see what options we might have to make it a nice cosy closet office.
Just like with most of our projects, we made a trip to Ikea to see if we can find something to hack!
The table is typically mounted on trestles (sold separately) so it came with the metal bars at the bottom. We removed them since we will be cutting it to size and mounting it inside the closet.
First, we installed this wallpaper on the wall. It was easier and cheaper than wood planks and slightly easier to deal with later given that we will be drilling in the wall.
Time to cut the table to size. To fit snugly in the closet, it needed to be W 54″ 3/4, D 20″.
A circular saw is recommend for this. We bought this one from Amazon and it made the job so much easier compared to the smaller Dremel I used in the past.
Then it was time to cut the desk mounting system.
Drilling time. We used an electric drill with the hole saw kit from Ikea to drill one large hole for a wireless phone charger from Ikea and several smaller holes to run cables through.
First, we tested on a smaller piece of the desk leftover wood.
The wireless charger is in!!!!
And here are the smaller holes for cable management.
Time to stain the wood. At first, this was a little intimidating. Testing on a smaller piece of wood is definitely recommended.
We picked up MinWax Dark Walnut 2716 from HomeDepot.
Applying it on a small piece of wood went well!
Applying the wood stain on the entire desk was so easy and took literally a minute.
A second coat was not necessary because we achieved the shade we wanted with just the first coat.
As the stain was sitting to dry, we started mounting the support system, drilling into studs.
The computer screen mount was also from Amazon. I do recommend it since it’s low profile and easy to maneuver but I am sure there are sturdier ones.
This goes without saying, but make sure you are drilling into studs for anything heavy that you are mounting like a computer screen.
Time to apply clear gloss! We picked up the MinWax polyurethane clear gloss from HomeDepot.
Applying the stain is also easy. It is though very important to apply it with the wood grain and letting it fully dry before applying additional coats.
We wanted to hide cables behind the wall. The hole dozer made this possible.
Time to install the floating shelves. They are also from Ikea and come in various sizes.
This middle shelf will hold a printer. Given that the printer is heavy and we didn’t wanted it to come crashing down on the desk, we cut the shelf in half and mounted a middle metal bracket on a stud to join the cut pieces of the shelf together.
Here they are. The floating shelves are all in place.
The lamps are from Ikea. They look nice but are a bit painful to put together. Did I mention that they were from Ikea?
Box sign? Sure, why not!
There you have it. An office in a closet. A cloffice! Or whatever you want to call it.
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