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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 a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). 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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