If you're looking for a desk that doesn't clutter up the floor, or a breakfast bar that seems to hover in space, this simple and clever hack repurposes a door as a suspended work surface.
IKEAHacker reader Guillermo writes in to share his simple design for a suspended workspace. He built his to serve as a breakfast bar/dining room table hybrid, but the design could easily be adapted to be a desk.
This is kind of an easy hack, but really gave my new apartment the look I was going for. It doesn't require a lot of work either, just need the right material and you will have it done in 30 min, max.
The hack consists in using an Ikea closet door as a bar for lunch, dinner, or whatever. What is also special about this bar is that it doesn't touch the floor at any point, it's hanging from the ceiling, which apart from giving a very modern look to the place is very useful for cleaning and will save you from kicking the bar legs being barefoot first thing in the morning when drinking your coffee (you can say, this guy is stupid, but you will know it will eventually happen!).
Since your laptop crashing to the floor is a bigger tragedy than your coffee cup doing the same, we'd suggest a modification if you're going to make your suspended door a full-time desk. Anchor it to the wall on the long edge with the supporting cables at the corners of the opposite long edge for maximum stability while retaining the floating-in-air effect.
Check out the full post at the link below for more pictures and tips on building a sturdy, hanging work surface. Have a novel DIY project of your own to share? Let's hear about it in the comments.
From Closet Door to Dining Bar [IKEAHacker]