DIYer Tak took a clever IKEA product and made it even more useful, by turning it into a completely concealable workspace complete with a desktop computer inside.
IKEA’s Vika Veine is a very cool desk on its own: It opens up to reveal your workspace, complete with a felt-lined inside that can be used as a bulletin board and even comes with pockets for your stuff. But what happens if you want a desktop computer at your convertible workspace? Tak has the answer:
I bought a Viewsonic LED monitor because they’re super-thin and have both a VESA mount and an DVI jack that’s parallel to the screen.
The most difficult part of this project was to drill the VESA holes through the top of the desk accurately. I countersunk them, then attached the monitor to the inside of the desk. I filled the holes on the top with some wood filler to keep it flat, then used some silicone caulk to attach the desk-pad permanently.
He says the right components are key, since there isn’t a lot of room in there — but with the right LED monitor and a very thin keyboard, you can hide your entire setup (minus the tower, of course) inside your desk. Hit the link to see a bit more.
Vika Veine Convertible Computer Desk [IKEA Hackers]