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Compact DIY Office-in-a-Cart Packs Away Into a Closet

Many geeks know the pain of losing a home office when a new baby comes along, but not many of them go to such lengths to miniaturize their offices like this. With a little ingenuity an entire home office now fits inside a heavily modified IKEA work table.

Ian, an IKEAHacker reader and Los Angeles area geek, explains the motivation for the build:

I had to surrender my home office to make room for my new baby boy ;) I took an Ikea stainless steel kitchen “work table”, some Ikea computer tower desk trays, two steel tabletops, and two grated steel shelves to make an “office” that I could pack away into a closet.

Hit up the link below to check out the full photo set, the build includes quite a few clever design choices like mounted monitors, a ventilation system, and more.

Home Office In A Box [IKEAHacker]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 10/4/12

Comments (5)

  1. toucan

    that is genius. that is something i want to build!

  2. Irish_IT

    That does look pretty bad ass! Like an el-cheapo workstation transformer! lol

  3. r

    …and when folded up it doubles as a nifty dog grooming table :P

  4. jthelw

    The “packs away into a closet” is the troublesome part for me. Like it anyway……

  5. DJMW

    Hmmmm one word to sum this contraption up.. SWEET!

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