Laptop bed desk
I had an old Ikea desk chair with wooden armrests that were forever wobbly. Their choice of fasteners was flawed, once regular use loosened the nuts holding the armrests on, they were impossible to tighten securely. No wonder they don't make them anymore. I decided to simply remove the armrests. Their form was very nice however, made from bent, laminated wood. It suddenly occurred to me that I could probably transform them into a laptop desk for a bed, and since I had promised to make one for Shannon anyway...
All it took was a spare Ikea shelf that had been floating around, I can't even remember what it was for, and a bit of trim ($2) to hide the raw MDF shelf edges. Some glue and some screws later, and...
I put the shelf under instead of over to get the height right.
What's really nice is that because of the armrest shape, the desk hangs nicely off of the end of the bed frame for storage. I quite liked that it worked out so well and easily, and repurposing the armrests instead of throwing them out feels good.
blog, woodworking - December 27, 2009
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