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So while moving my 12 year old desk from one room to another, it finally gave out and pretty much fell apart, but it was time for a new desk anyways. I've been looking around at the usual suspects for such furniture (IKEA, CB2, etc), and the IKEA Galant desk (corner) in particular looks like a lovely option, but that 31" depth is a deal killer as the non-corner side will either run up against my nightstand, which is not nearly as deep. As such I now ask you guys for your opinions/help.

The simplest way to define what I'd like is basically a Galant desk with a depth of 23 5/8" throughout the desk (sans the corner) instead of the 31" depth the long side of the table has, but I lack the DIY skills to actually cut it down, so if there's a ready made option that mirrors the above and/or at least fits the below requirements, I'd be very grateful.

- <24" depth
- 50 - 60" width, and if there's a corner, the corner length be no longer than 50"
- Minimalist, don't give hutches, desktop compartment, etc.
- Lighter colored (birch, white, light cherry etc)
- Price Target of <$300

I looked at using the vika table top from IKEA since it fits the sizing requirements, but I'm weary after reading about the quality difference between it and the galant, and I'd like it to last for a while. Likely load is two 24" monitors, 2 speakers, a scanner and other misc, items.
post #2 of 5
I'm going to be using the the following, I have it all purchased, just not assembled:

200.568.83 Galant Frame 47¼"
900.568.89 Galant Frame for extension tops
200.569.15 T-leg (2)

900.149.22 VÄRDE Countertop

The countertop is what you are really interested in, it's 25 5/8" deep but I figure you might have some wiggle room on that.
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I looked at using the vika table top from IKEA since it fits the sizing requirements, but I'm weary after reading about the quality difference between it and the galant, and I'd like it to last for a while. Likely load is two 24" monitors, 2 speakers, a scanner and other misc, items.

I use the Vika table top and it is sturdy. I have three 24" monitors sitting on it right now.

I use this $10 end table to hold my rig also from Ikea.



IMG_1233.jpg?t=1303158795

My rig is not light either. It has a 360 rad on the back of it. I would guess it is around 40lbs. The max for the end table is 55lbs.

My desk is this table top


Table top max load is 110lbs.

With these legs



Max load per leg is 110lbs

Yes I have this Black/Red thing going on like crazy

Again it is sturdy and the only complaint I have is that I do not have room for a second one yet. I threw an anti static mat on top of the table so i would not scratch it.


looks pretty nice.
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@zinfinion - That's an idea that I haven't thought of yet, and frankly I love it. I'm just wondering what kinda holes need to be drilled to attatch the frame + legs, else I'd do this ASAP.
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The legs screw into the frame from the top (before mounting the frame to the desk surface, obviously) and then the frame + extension has 8 screw holes to mount it to the desk surface.

You can get a really good look at how it all assembles in this video. They use the angled legs but it's pretty much the same concept for the T-legs:



To attach to the Varde, the easiest would be to drill pilot holes and use the screws that come with the frame. As an alternative, I'm going to be using these: http://www.woodcraft.com/product/2001048/2808/brass-threaded-inserts-14x-20-tpi-10-pack.aspx and some flanged screws from the local hardware store similar to these: http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/EARNEST-Hex-Flange-Screw-22A408

I'm also going to be sawing another Varde down the middle lengthwise and using furniture grade PVC to add some shelves along the backside but that's another topic. wink.gif
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