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Ikea Table Desk

Ikea Table Desk

Aside from how much fun it was standing up and smashing laptop keys for hours at a time, I was also surprised by the quality of the desk. It feels rock solid, especially compared to my dirt cheap Arlik swivel chair. The motor works better than I expected, and the desk just glides up and down when you're adjusting it. Finally, the surface seems like it would look new for years, and if something happens to the desk, IKEA's likely got you covered with a 10-year limited warranty. They probably don't got you if you sit on the desk, however. Again, the load capacity is 154 pounds, so this desk is not for sitting—unless of course you weigh less than 154 pounds.
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Ikea Table Desk

The writing desk to fit you and your activities Everyone has different ways of working. But we all normally share one common purpose – to get as much done as possible. That’s why our range of table tops and legs has loads of simple designs that won’t distract you from the task at hand, but provide comfortable and practical solutions to your working needs. Some of our legs are adjustable, so you can attach your chosen table top and adjust it to the height that’s right for you. We’ve got an array of table top sizes to support books, computers, or just a handy pad and pen. And with a variety to choose from, you can create a writing desk that’s perfectly suited to your study’s décor. Writing desk combinations to suit your style Our table top comes in different colors, and you can mix and match from the bottom to the top. Our legs are available in both classic colors and brighter ones too. And there’s no reason for your projects to sit there to gathering dust; our desks are easy to clean and maintain. Simply give your writing desk a brisk wipe-down with a damp cloth to keep it spick and span.
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Ikea Table Desk

Honestly, this thing's for anyone who uses a desk. A second ago, I referred to myself as desk-agnostic, and I meant it. My entire life, I've always thought of desks as a surface for doing work. Some are big. Some are small. Some are cheap. Some are expensive. But a desk is a desk. I also had—shall we say—a negative attitude about the standing desk trend. It's not as bad as the treadmill desk trend, but it strikes me as one of those groupthink things. To me, standing desks are the CrossFit of furniture.
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Ikea Table Desk

Oh, and assembly is a breeze. I did not assemble the desk—although I wish that I had in retrospect. A couple of very nice fellows that IKEA hired to deliver the desk did, because that was the plan for press who were reviewing the desk. (I think IKEA was just trying to be nice.) The process only took about 15 minutes. Basically, you have to bolt the tabletop to the motorized legs and plug it in.
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Ikea Table Desk

The only other gripe I can think of are those ugly buttons. Not only are they ugly, they're also a little bit finicky. They're barely buttons, really. They're more like little bubbles, not unlike the buttons you find on shitty stereo remotes. When you're adjusting the desk, moving your finger even slightly to one side or the other will disengage the button, and the desk will stop moving. You get the hang of it, though. It's just a bummer that IKEA did so much great work building a beautiful desk and then skimped on the gadgety bit. Then again, IKEA's never been into gadgets.
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Ikea Table Desk

But guess what. Trendy things are sometimes trendy for a good reason. Now that I've spent a couple of weeks with one, I am inclined to believe that the standing desk is one of those things. Sit/stand desks, as opposed to standing-only desks, are even better. IKEA's Bekant Sit/Stand desk is perfect for someone who wants to enjoy the proven health benefits of a standing desk, while also maintaining the option of sitting in a chair like our forefathers did—all without breaking the bank. In other words, this desk is for everyone.
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Ikea Table Desk

But, well, it's… IKEA. The Swedish flat-pack furniture giant is known for forward-thinking design, innovative assembly methods, stores that you could live in, and delicious meatballs of questionable origin. It is not, however, known for quality or durability. This is not a surprise or a problem, necessarily, because IKEA's products are often impossibly cheap, and, well, cheap stuff is cheap. So I went into my experience with the Bekant Sit/Stand desk with a measured amount of skepticism. IKEA did not let me down.
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Ikea Table Desk

Standing desks are not cheap. Or at least, the extremely handy motorized ones aren't. That's why everyone—including this desk-agnostic blogger—freaked out when IKEA announced that it would sell a sit/stand desk powered by electricity for less than $500. Finally, a healthy desk option for the masses. Finally!
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Desks & tables Look forward to your desk job The trick is to find the desk that’s right for the job. That’s why we have desks to fit all sizes of spaces and all sorts of styles – even ones you can design exactly the way you want. Because when you love the desk you have, being stuck behind it all day isn’t such a bad thing. Desks & computer desks Desks for stationary computers, Laptop tables Table tops & legs Table bar system Cable management & accessories
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The writing desk to fit you and your activities Everyone has different ways of working. But we all normally share one common purpose – to get as much done as possible. That’s why our range of table tops and legs has loads of simple designs that won’t distract you from the task at hand, but provide comfortable and practical solutions to your working needs. Some of our legs are adjustable, so you can attach your chosen table top and adjust it to the height that’s right for you. We’ve got an array of table top sizes to support books, computers, or just a handy pad and pen. And with a variety to choose from, you can create a writing desk that’s perfectly suited to your study’s décor.
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Quick note about ergonomics: be nice to your body. I just used my aging MacBook Pro when working and found myself slouching quite a bit. But since I do not want to become a hunchback, I plan on elevating my laptop to eye-level and using an external keyboard and mouse. Obviously, the need to make a desk more ergonomically friendly exists for any desk, but don't expect this magical, motorized IKEA creation to magically fix your bad posture.
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Table bar systemA table that’s exactly right for youWith VIKA, you create your own desk or table. Choose a table top and then the legs or other type of support. Go for ones that are adjustable – or not. Ones with storage – or not. Ideal in home offices, VIKA is just as useful for dining and hobbies. And you can easily place VIKA tables together, if you want a really large surface or a corner feature. Complement with EKBY shelves and brackets for even more possibilities.
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This is a big desk. It's entirely possible that IKEA is planning to offer sit/stand options for its smaller, more city-friendly desks, but for now, you're pretty much screwed if you're trying to squeeze this thing into a small room with other furniture. There's also no way to add a shorter desktop due to a support beam that connects the two legs. The control is also fastened to the tabletop, so that annoying. Then again, if you do the dinner table trick, the tabletop will fit six people, snugly. And you can even adjust the height for a standing dinner!
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If you're someone who puts lots of heavy stuff on your desk, you should be wary. I put two heavy boxes of books on the surface and could definitely hear the motors strain a little bit. It's supposed to work with a load as heavy as 154 pounds, but I'd imagine the long-term integrity of the motors could be comprised if you've got even 100 pounds of stuff on your desk. But seriously, who keeps 100 pounds of stuff on their desk?
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One of our favorite space-saving tricks for a small apartment is the wall-mounted desk. A wall-mounted desk is an easy way to add a work area that takes up a fraction of the space occupied by a traditional floor-bound desk — and it results in a lot less visual clutter, too, a consideration nearly as important as floor space. Some desks even fold into the wall so they take up no space at all. We've rounded up a few of our favorites.