IKEA PS 2014 secretary with clever bells and whistles.
As the global pandemic around COVID-19 started to take hold
across the world, working from
home full time was quickly becoming a reality.
In a two-bedroom apartment with a three year old and my wife,
however, I needed to find a setup that met a few criteria:
- Aesthetically pleasing, as my work area would inevitably be in
our bedroom to avoid curious toddler fingers
- Able to be closed away, so that I can maintain a healthy
boundary between work- and home-life, while everything is still at
- Able to accommodate a large monitor for work
In searching for a setup and doing some measurements, I always
loved the look of the IKEA PS 2014 Secretary desk.
Discontinued, I looked at local classified ads and found someone
who actually had one new in box and was willing to ship it. One
contactless delivery later, and I was able to give it a shot.
IKEA items used:
- IKEA PS 2014 Secretary
- IVAR shelf
Unmodified IKEA PS 2014 Secretary desk
The 27″ monitor I had would technically fit. But it was
scraping the top and bottom of the interior. So I decided to give
myself some more vertical space:
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- Moving the ceiling of the interior space to the top of the desk
still allowed for a place for plants and knicknacks
- Changing the face panel of the top area into a hinged panel
allows a 27″ monitor to be mounted at an ergonomic level
- Adding a stay-up arm keeps thetop flap open during the work
- For maximizing the open space on the desk, the monitor was
mounted on a short VESA arm and bolted through the back panel
- A small shelf was built behind the monitor to house a power
strip and keep cables out of sight
- Because the top of the monitor was no longer accessible, a
webcam is mounted to the side of the monitor via command strip
- For audio, a speaker was affixed to the bottom of the monitor
with (black!) command strips
- An additional hole in the back allows for some cables to route
to the top shelf without being visible.
- Attached the desk to the wall for added stability to prevent
- Added a laptop mount out of sight on the side of the desk for
accessibility and connectivity
Finally, there wasnâ€™t space for a second monitor, but
sometimes I needed it.
Using two short drawer rails and 270 degree hinges, I built a
flip-out shelf out of scrap IVAR shelf. This holds an iPad which is
to be used with either Duet Display or Appleâ€™s Sidecar.
And for fun, I attached the desk pad with blu-tack so that it
will stay in place even when closed.
- Given the trapezoidal shape, align the top shelf where youâ€™d
like it at the ceiling. Leave roughly 1cm of space for a lip
- Remove the roughly ~2cm of overhang on the flat side of the
ceiling panel with a saw. (To maintain the front angle)
- Drill pilot holes and use long wood screws to affix to the
sides and rear of the top portion
- Mount the hinges so that the top panel is
- Install the gas hinge one side so that
panel stays up
Side shelf for iPad:
- Using two rails reduces flex and shearing as the shelf is
- Using a hinge greater than 90 degrees allows for clearance as
the shelf is re-inserted when closing
pocket shelf to manage wires beneath IKEA PS 2014 Secretary
- A small project, but makes a large visual difference.
Black command strips creates an
integrated look, and right angle plugs keep things out of sight. A
black permanent marker minimizes the upside down logo on the
- Using a shorter VESA arm allows for a shallow mounting depth,
but requires careful measurement to ensure the correct height.
- Simple blu tack affixes a desk pad
that stays put when closing the desk shelf.
Finally, I wanted a way to keep my laptop out of sight. But
still easily accessible when I want to work away from my desk. It
also had to be thermally sound, so that the computer wonâ€™t
I used a jigsaw to make a bowed bar out of the same spare IVAR
shelf. It allowed for proper clearance and stability for the laptop
in the recessed cubby on the side. I routed Usb-c cables from the
back to the side.
All in all, Iâ€™m very pleased with this project. It lets me
have a modern, professional setup that can be easily put away when
work is done.
IKEA PS 2014 Secretary closed
And, it was a hell of a lot of fun.
~ by Charles Vestal, Berlin
Source: FS – NYC Real Estate
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