I’m so excited to share with you our new Ikea Built In Home Office! This space has provided us with a beautiful, functional and organized place to work.
Ikea Sektion Cabinets
We chose the Ikea Sektion Cabinets because they were budget friendly, easy to assemble/install and offered some nice features. I love the soft close hinges and the large drawers on the bottom for storage and organization. The off-white Bodbyn Door/Drawer Fronts fit the style of our home perfectly and the Ekbacken Countertops (concrete effect) provide a nice contrast to the cabinets. They have a slightly textured surface for a more realistic appearance.
Office Design and Layout
I designed our home office to have two built in work stations. The picture below is the desk on the left side. Both desks have a width of 65″. The tall counter along the back wall is standard kitchen height, which is 36″. The side desk counters drop down to a height of 30″. The two lower end cupboards (under the desks) are microwave cabinets that I added faux drawer fronts to. I love the extra storage they provide and they give me a spot to put odd shaped items, like my paper cutting mat.
The image below is the desk on the right side of the office. You can find the tutorial for the window trim here. Both desks are supported by cleats that are screwed into the wall studs and then held in place with corner braces. I also used the corner braces to attach the counter to the back side of the faux drawer fronts. The front of the desk is finished off with trim molding and painted to match the cabinets.
Fabric Cork Board Tutorial
- Cut the foam board to the size of the vertical space between the upper and lower cabinets. Then attach the individual pieces together horizontally with packing tape until the strip is the length of the wall. Dry fit the foam board strip in place to ensure it’s the right size.
- Then remove the strip and lay it out on a large flat area. Starting from the left, place the first cork tile in the lower corner, lining it up with the edge of the foam board and attach it with hot glue. Then, measure the remaining space to the top corner and cut another cork tile to fit. The cork can be cut with a utility knife and metal ruler. Take care to cover your work surface with cardboard to prevent damage. Continue this pattern until all of the tiles are cut and hot glued to the surface of the board.
- Cover the surface of the cork with spray adhesive and press the fabric in place with your hands. Working from the center out to remove any wrinkles. Then put the finished piece back in place between the upper and lower cabinets.
- You can finish it off by adding a decorative molding around the perimeter and attach it with brad nails. Lastly, fill in all the nail holes with wood filler and caulk any gaps in the molding. Then use a matching paint to do touch ups.
Before & After
When I look at this before picture, I am so glad we did this project! I’ve since refinished the bookcases and you can find the tutorial here.
This is how the design looked on the Ikea Home Planning tool. This software really brought my design to life and gave me the confidence to move forward.
List of resources:
Cabinet Frames – Ikea Sektion
Drawer/door fronts – Ikea Bodbyn in off-white
Counter tops – Ekbacken, Concrete Effect
Lighting (spotlights and under cabinet lighting) – Ikea Omlopp
Lamps – Ikea Forsa work lamp
Office Chairs – Ikea Millberget
Bar Pulls (9 ¾”) – Lowe’s Brainerd Satin Nickel
Round knobs – Lowe’s Brainerd 10-Pack Satin Nickel
Wall color – Behr Silver Drop
This Ikea Built In Home Office took some time and hard work, but the results were more than worth it! Please let me know what you think in the comments below.
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