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Ikea KARLBY worktop, 186x3.8 cm, oak/veneer

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I had to drill a few holes in the SÄLJAN worktop to facilitate the tidy management of cables, and I used rubber grommets in those holes to keep it looking clean. I’ve always hated those desks that you screw together, and then they creak with even the slightest touch. The IKEA KARLBY countertop I have is 74 inches long and 25 5/8 inches deep, and the total height should be around 29 inches.

I recently started working from home and needed something more streamlined and minimal but still functional. I chose the ALEX drawers because of their versatility. I bolted my bench top to the units and mounted wheels underneath for easy mobility. I considered other drawers/units from IKEA, but the ALEX units met all my criteria and provided a lot of storage. Later I added an ALEX monitor stand, as my original monitors weren’t height adjustable, and also a few additional drawers to the desk setup. I chose the ALEX drawers because I have a lot of stuff to store — one drawer is full of cables and chargers, and another one is filled with important documents.The problem that arose was the placement of the PC case. I didn’t want to sacrifice a large portion of valuable surface space for a huge PC case. The same reason applied to the desk size. I couldn’t have anything larger or it wouldn’t fit, but I also wanted some depth to keep the monitor not too close. The main goal of my desk setup was to create a beautiful ambience. I wanted to showcase things I love so that I could see them every day.

Sometimes a small, harmless question can make a big difference. That’s exactly what happened with our kitchen worktops. It started as a challenge to use resources wiser, and proved to have positive effects not only for the environment, but also the quality. I think it’s great when that happens!” says Johnny. ALEX drawers are space-saving. With their simple, thoughtful design and generous depth of 58 cm (23 in), the drawers provide ample storage and simplify cable management. I mainly needed more space and storage — and I think ALEX drawers are great for that. Credit: PhillakaiThe first desk is 74 cm high, and the second one is 70 cm high. The reason for the height difference is that the higher one contains an ALEX as one of the supports, while the other has ALEX as an extension to provide more desk space. Credit: Lil_Brimstone I used two legs to support the middle part of the table. Without it, the heavy countertop would bend like a banana. Another advantage with this production technique is that you can use the whole tree; the stem as surface, and scrap bits – curvy, bent branches and small twigs – for the particleboard on the inside. The end result is a worktop that is every bit as genuine as solid wood, only more stable and more resistant to humidity. The height of my desk comes out to 30,5″ (it would have been 29″ without the metal legs). Credit: DanLillibridge

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