What can you do if you want a workspace but the only area you have free in a tiny apartment is 30″ of wall space between a bookcase and a door? Fold it away.
Lifehacker reader jaypeecee decided to tackle the problem by combining some inexpensive off the shelf items to turn a basic stock Ikea laptop station into a lilliputian workspace he could fold away at a moment’s notice. His description of the situation and his solution:
I haven’t had an actual desk of my own in almost four years. Not that this is much of a step up, but it’s a workspace! I had 30″ of unclaimed wall, so I figured this unit would fit the bill. It’s a stock Ikea PS Laptop Workstation, but to spruce it up a little bit and create an impact-dampening surface for my laptop, I added some cork to the surfaces using this self adhesive 18″ x 4′ roll of cork lining.
It had to be mounted over the moulding, so it actually sits on two Ikea shelf brackets, and is secured in the back by three toggle bolts via holes drilled in the rear panel.
Check out the pictures below to get a sense of how easily it folds away to become little more than a box bolted to the wall:
The Fold-Away Desk [Lifehacker Workspace Show and Tell Pool]