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IKEA Office update

by - Monday, March 17, 2008

Work continues on our home office using IKEA cabinets. Here's some pics of our progress...boy, has this taken longer than expected!

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HandyMan wanted a 'tower' effect with the bookcase and file cabinets and lucky for us, the dimensions just about lined up. Those IKEA folks think of everything ;) To the left of the bookcase you'll see the wood strip that HandyMan had to affix to the wall. This will support the bookcase we'll hang horizontally...all 75 pounds of it! (Note to self: do not put heavy, dusty Finance textbooks on the horizontal shelf). We'll put in a few wall brackets too just to be safe. The L-shaped countertops will both eventually have similar supporting wood strips underneath.

I had planned on backing the bookcase with a thin hardboard covered in wallpaper. But when I priced it out ($40 for wallpaper, $20 for hardboard), it didn't make sense. Instead, I'll make use of some foam core, cut to fit the bookcase cubby holes, and cover it with some funky giftwrap scraps I have from Paper Source. Voila, a $5 solution that will end up looking the same. Only a few more things to do -- secure countertops, build supporting gable, hide the cables, and install curtain rod. Thank goodness we've got a long weekend coming up.

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  1. Anonymous11:23 AM

    I like the tower look... it's very clean. I need to put shelving of some sort over my door-desk because even with two book cases, I'm running out of room... I like this idea.

    Can't wait to see it finished.

  2. It looks great!

    Would you mind breaking down the pieces you bought and the installation? I need to outfit my own office and Im struggling with options. This looks really great.

  3. I'll be posting the breakdown this weekend mrs.limestone - hopefully with some finished pics!


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