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Furnishing Your Home Office With Ikea

A couple years ago, I decided to move all of my work gear out of the office downtown, and I freaked out when I saw the insane prices for home office furniture; that was, at least, until I walked into my local Ikea in Centennial, CO. 

I have to admit, I was an Ikea hold-out for years. As someone who prefers solid, well-built hardwood furniture I just could not wrap my head around their modular, some-assembly-required aesthetic. 

I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the office furniture I found at Ikea, although I did opt for some of their more high-end options. 

If you are designing a home office space with Ikea, start with one of their most popular desks like the Lillasen or Micke. Bigger projects will require a stronger desk like the Bekant or Idasen. Then outfit the rest of your space with one of Ikea’s desk chairs, a storage unit, and other accessories. 

Read on for highlights about each of Ikea’s most popular home office options, and to see the pieces I chose for my own well-appointed home office

The Most Popular Ikea Desks

Ikea is known for their sleek, no-nonsense designs and unwavering functionality, and their popular home office desks showcase that spirit. 

Their three most popular styles, in no particular order, are by far the Lillasen, the Micke, and the Linnmon. 

#1 Lillasen Desk 

IKEA Lillåsen Desk, Bamboo
  • Bamboo is a durable, renewable and sustainable material.
  • Can be Placed anywhere in the room because the Back is finished.
  • Drawer stops prevent the drawers from being pulled out too far.
  • The drawer is designed for letter size papers.
  • Wipe clean with a damp cloth.

The Lillasen desk is quintessential Ikea and has a ton of features to love: minimalist lines, the ideal amount of storage, and a small footprint that fits perfectly in a small apartment or bedroom office. 

The biggest complaint most buyers have with the Lillasen is the difficulty in assembling, but once it’s put together it will become a timeless addition to your office space. 

Many people who buy the Lillasen are looking for a versatile desk that can handle a light workload, then perform  double-duty as a vanity or a gaming station.  

#2 Micke Desk 

IKEA MICKE Desk, White
  • It's easy to keep cords and cables out of sight but close at hand with the cable outlet at the back.
  • Size: 41 3/8x19 5/8 "
  • Wipe clean using a damp cloth and a mild cleaner. Wipe dry with a clean cloth.
  • Can be placed anywhere in the room because the back is finished.
  • Drawer stops prevent the drawers from being pulled out too far

The Micke line of desks are possibly more popular than the Lillasen, if only due to the fact that they are available in more variations

Besides crisp, symmetrical lines that fit into any decor, all of the Micke desks feature an innovative cable management system at the rear of the unit to help hide the unsightly bundles of monitor, keyboard, and mouse wires. 

Consider purchasing one of the stylish matching add-on units to really dial in your storage. 

#3 Linnmon Desk 

IKEA Linnmon Desk with Adils Multi Purpose 47 1/4x23 5/8 Table, Top and White Legs
  • Adjustable feet allow you to level the table on uneven floors.
  • Screws for attaching the legs to the table top are included.

While the Linnmon desk doesn’t win awards for its looks, it is one of the most popular Ikea desks because of its functionality and modular design. 

The Linnmon lineup can be customized with a variety of different-sized tabletops and extra legs to extend your work surface, or even to wrap around corners. 

The Linnmons are also lightweight and use less raw materials, making them Ikea’s most environmentally friendly desk option. 

The Strongest Ikea Desks

The most frequent complaints about smaller Ikea desks are their tendency to sag under too much weight or their lack of space for large tasks. If you need a sturdy desk that can hold computer equipment and still have room to take notes, opt for one of Ikea’s larger commercial-grade desks like the Bekant, Idasen, or Trotten.  

#1 Bekant Desk 

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The Bekant is as sturdy as they come, with a durable melamine surface that is easy to clean. 

If you have a large monitor and a keyboard, or possibly a desk phone, consider buying the L-shaped corner model. It has an elongated edge that will help manage all of your equipment.

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Coleshome 66" L Shaped Gaming Desk, Corner Computer Desk, Sturdy Home Office Computer Table, Writing Desk, Larger Gaming Desk Workstation, Black
  • L-Shaped Corner Desk: The gaming computer desk fits nicely in a corner and maximizes your home office workspace perfectly. Allows you to take the advantage of your room corner as the best spot for work. The L desk is also a good choice to make it as your gaming workstation.
  • Large Size & Ample Space: 66.1"(L) x 47"(W) x 19"(D) x 28.5"(H). Large space for an l shaped computer desk, great choice for home office activity, gaming and writing work. Desk Height: 28.5". Plenty of legrooms for rest and for storage. This l shaped desk is equipped with CPU stand, which can be fixed on the left or right side according to working scene.
  • High Stability & Super Sturdy: The legs of the L-shaped computer desk have two diagonal braces to ensure the stability, with an iron hook to hang your headphone. The strong steel frame ensures the maximum durability and stability, and can hold up to 220 lbs. Steel legs and adjustable leg pads keep the L shape table stable on uneven floors.
  • Easy to Assemble & Large Desk Panel: A detailed instruction manual and a screwdriver are provided. The desktop of the computer desk l shaped is made of MDF (Wooden Medium Density Fiberboard), which is waterproof and anti-scratch, very easy to clean.
  • Note: For a smooth assembly process, we suggest you keep a lite tightness for all the screws during assembly, after the whole corner gaming desk is assembled, firmly tighten all the screws. If you have any problem regarding our product, please contact us, our customer service team is happy to serve you.

A very similar desk, to this motorized standing desk that allows you to get up and stretch your legs while you work.

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FLEXISPOT EG1 Essential Standing Desk Height Adjustable Desk Electric Sit Stand Up Desk with Splice Board Home Office Desks 48 x 24 Inches Splice Board (Black Frame + Black Top)
  • Splice Desk Board & Ergonomic Workspace: The large work surface measuring 48"x 24" is environmentally sourced and provides ample space for a variety of monitor or laptop setups, plus room for ongoing projects and office supplies. Please allow a slight 0 to1-inch difference in desktop size due to manual measurement.
  • ELECTRIC HEIGHT ADJUSTABLE LIFT SYSTEM: The motor lift mechanism offers smoother height adjustments, from 28.6" to 48.2"(with 0.6" thickness of table top included), at a speed of 1"/second with low noise (under 50 dB) while running.
  • SOLID CONSTRUCTION: An industrial-grade steel frame combined with a solid desktop allows for a 132 lbs weight capacity to support your ideal workspace setup.
  • BUILT FOR WORK FROM HOME: The perfect standing desk to allow independent and remote workers to stay active, healthy, and productive while working from home. Precisely adjust your desk to your height and insert healthy movement into your day.
  • EASY OPERATION AND ASSEMBLY: A no-frills 2-button controller enables easy, intuitive operation that allows you to switch postures with a single tap of a button. Installation is just as simple; get up and running in under 40 minutes!

#2 Idasen Desk 

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Reminiscent of a drafting table, the Idasen really speaks to its Scandinavian designers’ roots. 

I’ve chosen to show the sit/stand model here. Although it costs nearly double of the base model, it can be raised to standing height in seconds with Ikea’s built-in phone app! 

The ability to easily transition between sitting and standing led me to choose the Idasen for my own office desk. 

#3 Trotten Desk 

ikea desk

Don’t let the simple lines fool you; the Trotten’s A-frame legs allow for a ton of leg room and can swallow up most office chairs. 

If you’re looking for more surface area, consider buying an additional unit and placing them back-to-back or side-by-side. The Trotten was designed to be placed in series without showing any seams. 

Added bonus: All of Ikea’s commercial-grade desks come with a 10-year warranty! 

The Best Ikea Accessories 

Seasoned shoppers know how difficult it is to walk out of Ikea with only one item, and if you’re shopping for your home office there is no reason to limit yourself. Once you have settled on the perfect desk, you will likely find a home for a Markus swivel chair, the Kallax bookshelf, and Skadis pegboard. 

#1 Markus Chair 

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The Markus chair is one of Ikea’s most popular office accessories, and for good reason. 

Its base is more stable than most rolling chairs, the mesh back allows for comfortable airflow, and the foam seat doesn’t bottom out. 

With many websites touting the Markus as their top choice for a budget office chair, I decided to roll with it as well. It’s not quite as comfortable as I’d hoped, but it is holding up great so far. 

#2 Kallax Bookshelf

IKEA Kallax 5 x 5 Bookshelf Storage Shelving Unit Bookcase WHITE NEW Rep Expedit
  • You can use the furniture as a room divider because it looks good from every angle.
  • Product dimensions Width: 71 5/8 " Depth: 15 3/8 " Height: 71 5/8 " Max load/shelf: 29 lb

At 5 feet tall and 5 feet wide, the Kallax bookshelf may be a bit imposing for smaller home office spaces. 

It just fit in my area, and I loved having the extra storage space right off the bat. It may seem boxy to some folks, but I lightened up the look by alternating textbooks with smaller decorative items in adjacent slots. 

#3 Skadis Pegboards

Ah, pegboards. I grew up fascinated by them in my granddad’s garage, and although they are abhorrent to diehard fashionistas, there is a reason the Skadis pegboards are a best seller for Ikea. 

After all, they fit into almost any workspace and provide a ton of storage and decor options in a compact package. What’s not to love? 

I am not sure if my perceptions have changed, or if Ikea has started churning out some better quality products. I have a feeling the answer is somewhere in the middle. 

Either way, Ikea does their best to be an environmentally friendly company, and they have a far better return policy than most assemble-at-home furniture manufacturers. 

Final Thoughts

If you’re getting serious about furnishing a new home office, or revamping your old space, I would encourage you to give Ikea another look. Just be sure to read reviews like this to find the best products before you walk in and get overwhelmed by their vast selection! 

If you enjoyed this quick look at Ikea’s home office products, be sure to check out some of our other home office product reviews!