Here’s how I made a large IKEA corner table from their work tops and legs.

In total, we spent $325, which was far cheaper than buying a custom made L-shaped desk to fit the space.

IKEA items used:
  • 2 x GERTON table top
  • 5 x OLOV adjustable legs
Other Materials:
  • Screws
  • Metal brackets
  • 4 x 6 ft. long 1×4″ wood planks
  • Keyboard tray (optional)
Tools required:
  • Guide for the circular saw
  • Drill
  • Tape measure

How to make an IKEA corner table

The first thing I did was decide how big I wanted the desk. I used the 29.5 x 61″ table top from IKEA whole, and cut the 2nd piece for the “L” with the circular saw with a guide to create a straight cut.

I made that piece 18 x 34″ so that it would fit where we were going to use the desk.

There are metal braces on the bottom of the table tops. Remove them before cutting, and make sure that you cut the table top so that the finished side of the desk will point outward, otherwise you’ll have the hole for the metal bracket channel facing out.



I brought the pieces into the office where the desk was going to reside and started assembling.

Joining the two separate desks into one corner table

First, I used one metal brackets to brace the 2 pieces together, and then used the 1 x 4″ wood to trim around it and added more metal brackets for extra stability.

Since we have baseboard heat, and I wanted the desk to sit flush against the wall, I offset the rear facing 1×4 so that the legs could be bolted to it far enough away to clear the baseboard heater.

Once I secured the 1 x 4 wood around the the table tops (with 2 pieces in the center of the 29.5 x 61 piece for the keyboard tray to mount to), we flipped the desk over onto 2 saw horses. I screwed the legs into the desk and then removed the saw horses.

After that I stained the desk and installed a couple cable grommets for power and monitor wires.

My only advice would be to measure twice, cut once.

In my books, the IKEA corner table project went well and I ended up with the desk I wanted. And it fits the room to a tee.

I even ended up using a scrap piece to make a small laptop tray for another room which is secured to the wall with fold away shelf brackets.

~ by Peter

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