34 IKEA ALEX Drawers Desk Setup Ideas (Reviews from Real People)

34 IKEA ALEX Drawers Desk Setup Ideas (Reviews from Real People)

People who have tried out different ALEX unit desk setup layouts share their pros and cons.

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Ever wondered why IKEA ALEX drawers are so popular?

We spoke with many WFH creators worldwide, and here are the top five reasons why they chose those IKEA storage units for their home offices.

  1. ALEX drawers are space-saving. With their simple, thoughtful design and generous depth of 58 cm (23 in), the drawers provide ample storage and simplify cable management.
  2. ALEX units are well-built and easy to assemble. The instructions are easy to follow, and the drawers can tolerate minor assembly flaws and remain sturdy.
  3. ALEX drawers are versatile. They come in various sizes and colours. You can either use them on their own or as desk add-on units.
  4. ALEX drawers are affordable. According to the users’ reviews, they offer the optimal value-to-price ratio for budget home offices.
  5. ALEX units are good for the planet. The particle board for this product is made of sawmill leftovers and scrap wood. That way, IKEA makes use of whole trees and not only the trunks.
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You’ll find 34 desk setups featuring ALEX drawers below, along with direct quotes from home office owners about the pros and cons of their choices.

ALEX Drawers + IKEA Kitchen Countertop Desk Setup

Desk size: 186×62 cm (73×24″)

“The desk is an IKEA kitchen countertop, and it’s 186×62 cm. I chose it because it’d be harder to wear and easier to clean than a normal desktop!

I chose the ALEX drawers because they’re really well-built and offer some great space. Plus, I wouldn’t have to worry about desk legs!

ALEX Drawers + IKEA Kitchen Countertop Desk Setup
— By p-stkr, Instagram

They’re also at a good sitting height for me as I’m 6′4, so everything just kind of worked out well! I installed some riser legs on top of each drawer that I sat the desktop on to give it a bit more height and a nicer look.

I also chose the ALEX drawers because they have a good amount of storage for both work and hobby, so I can dedicate one side to work and the other to paints etc.

Overall, it cost me about £140 ($166) for the two drawers and £35 ($41,50) for the counter. The other bits and pieces came to about £20 ($24), but I had most of them already!”

IKEA ALEX Long Desk Setup

Desk size: 200×60 cm (78,75×23,63″)

“I wanted something to match the size of my window. I recently moved and suddenly had a massive window space with a lip at an awkwardly low height.

I wanted to bring attention away from that and pull it up to my computer, which I have much more control over. I also wanted to have desk space for both of my 32″ curved monitors and my D&D books.

It gives me space to work and have fun.

There weren’t any other options I considered other than ALEX. It’s used very often online, and I think that’s because it’s both aesthetically pleasing AND functional.

The drawer space on both sides is great for organising things like notebooks, cables, and other things like tabletop mins or trading cards.

IKEA ALEX Long Desk Setup
— By X4N4Rein

The desk was (after-tax) about $300, but if you were to include the monitors + my desktop, you’re looking at nearly $3K.

That said, I think any large monitor with any sort of RGB, controllable keyboard/mouse and a fun theme in mind can make this desk look great.”

Triple Monitor Black ALEX Drawers Desk Setup

Desk size: 183×56×4,5 cm (72×22×1,75″)

“The desk itself was an old Ethan Allen harvest table I cut and refinished.

As for the ALEX drawers, I had first considered doing a floating desk design, but with the minimalist look, I would lose a lot of storage.

Triple Monitor Black ALEX Drawers Desk Setup
— By Thatoneguy_420

And so, where I work, my office had ALEX drawers when I started, and I liked how deep they were and how much they could store.

I did consider a slightly cheaper option on Amazon, but the dimensions were so vastly different I just went with the ALEX drawers.

For the desktop and two ALEX drawers, I spent $300. $100 each for the drawer and $100 for the Ethan Allen harvest table. All the refinishing supplies I already had.”

ALEX Units Battlestation

Desk size: 186×64×82 cm (73×25×32″)

“Desk dimensions are 186 cm wide, 64 cm deep, and 82 cm from the floor.

The ALEX drawers were chosen because the flat top/bottom makes it easy to keep things level without buying legs.

ALEX Units Battlestation
— By pragmatic84

Also, having both the desktop and drawers shipped from the same place just made things easier to track.

It’s been years since I bought it, but if we’re just talking about the desk/drawers, I think it was about £200-300 ($238-356).

The whole setup has got to be more than £6-7K ($7,1-8,3K).”

Budget ALEX Drawers Home Office Setup

Desk size: 188×65 cm (74×25,6″)

“The dimensions of my desk are 74×25 5/8″.

What made me consider the ALEX drawers was the simplicity of their look and their sturdiness. Plus, I made a visit to my local IKEA store and found both of them on sale!

Budget ALEX Drawers Home Office Setup
— By straycats22

The desk is quite economical, I’d say. Without considering the computer, screen or other electronics present in the pic, I spent around $300.”

Game Room Setup with Grey ALEX Drawers

“I knew I wanted grey ALEX drawers since I’ve been a long-time Reddit user.

But grey isn’t available in Australia. IKEA only offers white and blue in ALEX drawers, so I went to the second-hand market. Facebook marketplace and Gumtree for months looking for two perfect grey ALEX drawers.

I bought a new home during COVID-19, and the game room setup was a top priority and also functional since I’m studying to be an electrician.

Game Room Setup with Grey ALEX Drawers
— By --GeorgeCostanza

I spent a month researching my PC specs. My brother and I build a new pc with a new tabletop (IKEA Karlby).

I spent around $4K on my computer and monitor. $250 for a KARLBY benchtop and roughly $100 per ALEX drawer on the second-hand market.”

ALEX Units Desk Setup with GERTON Desktop and CAPITA risers

Desk size: 75×155 cm (29,5×61″)

“Hi, I’m Toby. My desk is an IKEA GERTON with CAPITA risers. The desk is 29,5×61″ and 1,5 inches thick.

I saw many people online using the ALEX drawers. They were a reasonable price and seemed to work well.

ALEX Units Desk Setup with GERTON Desktop and CAPITA risers
— By Toby [don't tag reddit]

I didn’t really consider any other options. The total was around $400 CAD for the desk.

This is a list of all my specs and peripherals. The keyboard has HyperX Pudding keycaps and a Huanuo Dual Monitor Gas Spring Mount.”

IKEA ALEX Shared Desk Setup

Desk size: 150×75 cm (60×29,5″)

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“So the righthand desk in my current setup, the “work” side is a LINNMON tabletop in the 150×75 cm size, which is now discontinued, I think.

It was a touch too deep for the ALEX drawers, so I added a pair of Adils legs at the rear to prevent any tipping backwards, as most of the weight on the desk is to the rear.

IKEA ALEX Shared Desk Setup
— By KingEpicPants

That setup also has the ALEX storage unit and add-on unit, which I think have both been discontinued.

This is a shame as the storage unit is pretty handy for tucking away a small home lab setup with a network switch, NAS and extra hard drive for Plex content.

That setup started when I was working from home pre-pandemic in London, then had to also share my home office with my partner once the pandemic hit.

Afterwards, we ended up moving out to Cambridge, so we could have a home office each, allowing me to have the two desk setup now.

The lefthand desk is an Anfallare 140×65 with ALEX drawers and is used mostly for a gaming setup. Ideally, I would have had the storage unit cupboard instead of drawers, but sadly discontinued.

The add-on unit was a £20 ($24) one-off amazon to stack my PS2, PS4 and a NowTV box.”

Left desk £147 ($169)
Right desk £165 ($190)

RGB IKEA Gaming Setup with ALEX drawers

Desk size: 188×61 cm (74×24″)

“Desk dimensions are 74×24; it’s the IKEA EKBACKEN.

I recently started working from home and needed something more streamlined and minimal but functional.

I considered the ALEX drawers because I had seen setups using them before and loved the look.

RGB IKEA Gaming Setup with ALEX drawers
— By wonder1892, Instagram, Twitter

The setup, meaning the tabletop, drawers and risers, cost me roughly close to $400.

I love it. I’ve upgraded from a clunky L-shaped hutch desk. This setup allows me more space, making it more relaxing to sit.

I just upgraded on father’s day, so I think I’ll have this set up for a while.”

Flexible Bedroom ALEX Units Desk Setup

“I went with one stack of ALEX drawers simply because of the flexibility they provide with different setups and styles.

They are very modern looking, so they go well with any blend of fashion/style in our “art” of PC building.

I considered building my own base stand, but I was afraid that my design for a table base would be less sturdy. (I have a habit of slamming my desk with my hand whenever I lose in Apex or Rust).

Flexible Bedroom ALEX Units Desk Setup
— By bluebull107, Instagram

As for the cost of my total build, I’ve probably invested around $5K into it.

It is not worth that now, but I tend to always keep the newest hardware in my system, so I pay a premium as part of the “early adopters fee.”

IKEA Workstation for a Software Engineer

Desk size: 200×60 cm (79×24″)

IKEA LINNMON (200×60 cm) with IKEA ALEX drawers. IKEA BESTA elements for the side (3×60×42 cm).

I choose the ALEX drawers because I have a lot of stuff to store. For example, I have one drawer full of cables and chargers or another one filled with important documents.

I didn’t want to go with such a long desk, but I needed the space for all the three monitors and the PC on the table. That’s the reason why I choose such a long desk.

I bought the side elements because I wanted a dedicated area for console gaming and watching TV.

IKEA Workstation for a Software Engineer
— By DenoStations, Instagram

I might switch the desk in the future. Maybe I will go for a standing desk and replace the monitor with a super ultra-wide monitor (it’s good to be able to change positions since I work as a software engineer, it’s good for my back and my neck).

The main goal of the setup was to create a beautiful ambience; I wanted to display the things I love so that I could see them every day.

My setup was built over a longer period. I added new things to it week after week and also changed it a lot!

If I had to estimate the value, I would say it was about 10-15K Swiss Francs ($10,1-$15,3K).”

L-shaped Desk Setup with a Corner ALEX Unit

Desk size: 183 cm (72″) and 244 cm (96″)

“My dimensions are two different sizes. One is the smaller KARLBY tabletop at 72″, and the longer one is 96″.

The ALEX drawers are popular online, and I noticed they were very functional, offering a lot of storage space.

L-shaped Desk Setup with a Corner ALEX Unit
— By Fabulous_SassyPeanut

I believe the cost was about 700 Canadian dollars ($535).”

IKEA KARLBY Battlestation with ALEX Units

Desk size: 188×65 cm (74×25,6″)

“The IKEA KARLBY countertop I have is 74″ in length and 25 5/8″ in width. The total height should be around 29″.

I wanted to go with the ALEX drawers originally because I needed lots of desk storage, and they looked good with about any countertop/butcher block top.

They also only cost about $90 apiece. I considered a standing desk at first, but they are far too expensive, and I debated whether or not I would actually use the standing feature at all.

— By LordNix82ndTAG

It’s also really easy to cable manage behind the ALEX drawers.

The desk setup was only around $370. $180 for the ALEX drawers and $190 for the KARLBY countertop. If you include the PC, monitor, and peripherals, probably around $4,5-5K.”

Extended IKEA Desk Setup with Three ALEX drawers

Desk size: 188 cm and 249 cm (74″ and 98″)

“It’s about 8×8″. It’s two countertops from IKEA (EKBACKEN), the 74 and 98-inch ones.

I started with one desk. Decided I wanted to L it to bring my gaming set up into the office. I already had a single ALEX when I started from an old apartment, so it made sense.

Also, just cost-wise, it was easy as I could choose to use legs or the ALEX, depending on how many I wanted.

It also makes it easy to build onto a desk. I can be fairly certain they won’t drastically change in design in the near future.

I got each of my ALEX units about six to eight months apart as I was building up desks in different spaces. I started as my printer stand, then I had a single desk with two units, and then I got a third to support the L.

All in on my office (estimates)
Desk $500
Mount for laptop $140
Xbox and TV $800
Chair $1,8K
Decorations $500

Simple and Sturdy IKEA KARLBY & ALEX Desk Setup

Desk size: 188×3,8 cm (74×1,5″)

“My KARLBY walnut veneer countertop is 74×1 1/2″ (188×3,8 cm).

I think my setup is pretty standard, but cool if you like it! I mainly needed more space/storage, and I reckon ALEX drawers are really great for it.

Simple and Sturdy IKEA KARLBY & ALEX Desk Setup
— By Phillakai

I was also considering a stand-up desk but wanted something really sturdy to hold my 34″ & 27″!

Everything in there would be around 6K CAD ($4,6K).”

Minimal Desk Setup with One ALEX Unit on the Right

Desk size: 140×60 cm (55×24″)

“With my setup, I wanted to go for a minimal yet still colourful and fun setup.

So I am only using one monitor but have lots of other colours and accessories around my setup. My favourite of which is the shelf showing off some of my custom keyboards.

Minimal Desk Setup with One ALEX Unit on the Right
— By Bennyyboiii

I chose the ALEX drawers for their pure availability and ease. I knew they’d work well with my desktop and that id be able to get them easily.

Everything for my setup cost something around £1,5K ($1,8K) maybe, including the PC.”

White Symmetrical IKEA ALEX Desk Setup

Desk size: 188×83 cm (74×33″)

“My desk is about 83 cm tall and 188 cm wide.

I chose the ALEX drawers for the look of symmetry. Plus, it gives lots of storage for the stuff I chuck in there.

I was thinking of getting one of those “cabinet” units from IKEA for one side, but I figured that two ALEX drawers would look better.

White Symmetric IKEA ALEX Desk Setup
— By ivan_shiuu

In total, I spent about 330 CAD ($250) for the entire desk. Fortunately, my uncle works at IKEA, so I was able to pay at a discounted rate.

Without it, maybe around 360 to 370 dollars ($275-280).”

Custom-designed Corner Desk Setup with Two ALEX units

“Height of my desk comes out to 30,5 inches (it would be 29 inches without the metal furniture stands). I ended up getting two of the IKEA KARLBY countertops so I could create the corner desk.

Length 74″
Depth 25,6″
Thickness 1,5″

However, I cut the long one down to 68 inches, as any longer would be too close to my door when it's fully opened. With the other desk top depth as my side desk, it brings the total length to roughly 93,5 inches.

The side desk top was cut down to 48 inches to stop just before my window sill.

I chose the IKEA ALEX drawers because I liked the contrast the white provided, but also because they were a proven and well-liked setup by other people.

I also do some remote work, and it was nice having the option to get the ALEX drawers with the File cabinet drawer at the bottom.

Custom-designed Corner Desk Setup with Two ALEX units
— By DanLillibridge

The total cost was just under $700 (only because I had to purchase two KARLBY countertops for my corner setup). It would be right at $500 if I went with one.

I went with VOVOV Furniture Cabinet Metal Legs to add a little bit more to the look.

And to give the desk a semi-floating look for the corner, I went with two of these shelf brackets from Lowes.”

Dual Monitor Desk Setup with an ALEX Monitor Stand

Desk size: 180×60×75 cm (70×24×30″)

“My desk is 60 cm deep, 180 cm wide, and 75 cm high.

I’ve browsed the internet for inspirations for a desk and came across various IKEA build desks and setups that were both affordable and looked good.

I gathered the components and built my first version out of an ALEX cabinet with five drawers, a VIKA ANNEFORS (no longer available at IKEA) for my PC Case, and a 2-metre wide LINNMON tabletop in black.

The drawers are nice for storing various components, like my notebooks, spare batteries for my hardware and various cables I might need.

Later I added an ALEX monitor stand, as my original monitors weren’t height adjustable and added a few additional drawers to the setup.

I had to replace the table top at some point as the weight of my microphone clamp and monitor arm were too heavy for the material. I replaced it with a solid wood kitchen counter from the DIY store.

Other additions were a Philips Hue light strip on the back and two Hue lightbars that follow the display of my monitor during movies or games but are usually a solid colour when I’m working.

The desk itself must have cost around €195 (LINNMON: €45, ALEX drawers: €80, VIKA: €30, ALEX Add-on: €40).”

Triple Screen Home Workstation with ALEX Drawers in Black

Desk size: 186×63,5 cm (98×25,6″)

“It’s 186×63,5 cm (98×25 5/8″). Height reaches 74 cm.

I loved this idea the first time I saw it. Mixing drawers and a simple countertop to make a desk? Genius. It offers exactly what I expect from my desk/workstation.

It’s heavy and stable with enough plain space on the desk and a lot of storage area. I like the flexibility and that you can get almost any countertop type or size you want, adjusting it to your needs.

I liked that all the parts could be bought separately and replaced if I wanted to.

At first, I wanted to get a 246 cm wide desk supporting it from sagging by an L-shaped rail from the bottom.

I’m not too fond of the additional leg-in-the-middle idea because I’d constantly hit it with my legs, and it destroys the whole image.

Additional rail requires putting a countertop on the furniture legs, though.
Unfortunately, I ended up with only a 186 cm long desk.

The problem that quickly arose was the placement of the PC case. Sacrificing a lot of valuable surface space for a huge PC case was not an option.

For me, the 186×63,5 cm desk is too small to keep a PC right next to speakers and other stuff.

Putting a PC on the floor was not an option too. Dust would quickly execute all its insides. Putting the PC on its shelf was the only solution, and it would be pretty bad if I hadn’t had such a chance.

The amount of storage is a big thing.

I’ve always hated making a desk’s surface a storage area.

It kills productivity and mood and stresses me out, especially when I can’t find something I think I saw a moment ago. With drawers, I get a lot of storage for all the stuff I need within arm’s reach.

Documents, accessories, notes, or any equipment I find handy I can store there. There’s a con, too, though.

It takes strong will and discipline not to store snacks there. Double-edged sword.

I like its solidity and stability. I’ve always hated those desks that you screw together, and they would always insolently creak even after gentle touch.

In addition, the countertop’s material and thickness allow you to install any mount you want, whether it’s for monitors, microphones, or lighting.

What I love about this setup is cosiness. Wireless silent keyboard. Wireless silence mouse. No cables on board. Wooded elements, plants, and a clean workspace make any work go smoother.”

Desk setup items and prices breakdown
— By These-Flan-9679

Ultrawide Screen Desk Setup with Moveable ALEX legs

Desk size: 180×60 cm (71×24″)

“I chose the Alex drawers because of how versatile they are. I bolted my bench top to the units and mounted wheels under for easy moveability.

I did consider other options like a studio desk, but for the price and practicality, the IKEA combo is a winner every time!

Ultrawide Screen Desk Setup with Moveable ALEX legs
— By Chiefmateoms, Instagram

The price of the desk itself was probably $400-500, and the complete setup is probably $7-8K.”

Whole IKEA Desk Setup for a Small Space

Desk size: 120×60 cm (47×24″)

“The desktop is LAGKAPTEN 120×60 cm.

I have a pretty small space to work with, so I needed to find a storage solution that wouldn’t take up too much space, which is why I got the ALEX drawers.

Same reason for the desk size. I can’t have anything larger than that, or else it wouldn’t fit, but I also wanted some depth to keep the monitor not too close.

Whole IKEA Desk Setup for a Small Space
— By Burak887

The whole IKEA setup, LAGKAPTEN, SIGNUM rack, ALEX drawer, and ADILS legs, cost me about £90 ($106).

However, my whole setup is much more. It’s probably slightly above £2K ($2,4).”

Basic ALEX Drawer Desk Setup with a Central Leg

Desk size: 200×62 cm (75,75×23,6″)

“The dimensions of the desk are 78 3/4×23 5/8″.

I considered the ALEX drawers mainly because a friend of mine has the same kind, and I really fell in love with them.

So I decided to get some of my own for my setup.

— By ADTR9320, Twitter

The LAGKAPTEN table top cost me $80, the ALEX drawers cost me $90 each, and the OLOV centre leg cost me $15.

So overall, it cost me a total of $275 before taxes!

Also, I did look at other options than the ALEX drawers, but I found myself coming back to it, so that’s eventually what I went with!”

Neutral Home Workstation Featuring White ALEX Units and Rubberwood Desktop

Desk size: 203×66 cm (80×26″)

“The desk is 80×26″. The top is a solid rubberwood butcher block custom cut by my husband, David.

We decided on the ALEX drawers fairly quickly because the office also serves as a craft room. We already had the matching IKEA drawer units and a tall BILLY shelf unit with a glass door, which houses a lot of yarn for my knitting hobby.

I also work from home some days, so I wanted a setup that was comfortable to game and work in. I game quite a lot, too, so dark curtains and a serious gaming PC were must-haves.

The three-tier wall shelf was a quick buy from Home Depot, and several painstaking days of spray painting the shelves white, as they originally had a faux wood look.

For artwork, I could not think of anything more meaningful to me than some fabulous photos of our 11-year-old Yorkie, Oz.

And, of course, he’s always more than happy to be the centre of attention.

Altogether, everything except the computer and peripherals cost about $1,7K. The computer, monitors, monitor arms, etc., were about $6K.

David and I built the PC together. He actually did most of the work, and I did most of the shopping :).”

IKEA Gaming Battlestation with Hidden Cables

Desk size: 183×57 cm (72×22,5″)

“The desk area is an IKEA KARLBY countertop, and it measures 72 by 22,5 inches.

I chose this setup because of how flexible the setup can be and the good availability and affordability of the IKEA products.

The ALEX drawers having a lot of drawer space is great, and their size makes them really easy to hide wires for cable management.

The low price also lets me feel comfortable drilling holes in the backside to run cables through for my headphones and gaming peripherals, so the desktop stays uncluttered.

IKEA Gaming Battlestation with Hidden Cables
— By -JEJ-, Twitter, Gaming site

The dimensions also happened to work well in the nook I set it up in; the two half walls are actually two KALLAX units I backed with particle board and attached soundproofing panels and 3D back panels to.

Not including hardware peripherals and the office chair, I believe the desk setup cost me around 1,3 CAD ($1K) in total, though the details are fuzzy.

Approximately 400 ($300) for the IKEA desk, 400 ($300) for the two KALLAX units, 350 ($270) for the custom back panelling, and the remaining 150 ($115) on cables, cable trays, and other cable management solutions.”

UPLIFT Standing Desk Setup with ALEX Drawers

Desk size: 188×63,5 cm (74×25″)

EKBACKEN countertop 74×25″
Desk height 27″

Prior to my upgrade, I was using a black L desk that I found on Amazon for like 140 bucks. It did its job for a few solid years but eventually started to show its age a bit.

I did some research online and pretty quickly came to the conclusion that an IKEA setup would be the best option for me in terms of price, quality, and aesthetics.

It also seemed like a safe play due to it being such a widely recommended choice these days.

I did look at some other options, including the UPLIFT standing desks, but the size I was going for would have been a much higher price tag than I was willing to pay at the time. No regrets at all!

EKBACKEN countertop + ALEX drawer unit + three OLOV legs = $306,86. The total cost of setup: $7,1k (PC, desk, peripherals, MacBook, Steelcase Chair).”

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ALEX & EKBACKEN Budget IKEA Desk Setup

Desk size: 188×61 cm (74×24″)

“The dimensions of my desk are 72×24 in, and it’s the EKBACKEN countertop.

The inspiration behind the ALEX drawers with the EKBACKEN combo was how good it looked aesthetically, to be completely honest.

ALEX & EKBACKEN Budget Desk Setup
— By kwohna

In combination with the risers, it added extra storage for an audio interface, for example.

I can’t say for sure how much I spent for the entire setup, but for the ALEX drawers with the EKBACKEN countertop, it cost around $250.”

L-Shaped Double Desk Setup with 4 ALEX Drawers

Desk size: 246 cm and 140 cm (97″ and 55″)

“The desk is made up of two SÄLJAN (White Matt) IKEA worktops. The longest side of the desk is the full length of 246 cm that you can buy from IKEA.

The short side was 186 cm in length, which I cut down to the length I needed it to, which was 140 cm.

The desk is 74 cm in height, and its depth out from the wall is 63 cm.

I went for the ALEX drawers as the height was right to mount the worktop on top of without needing to use risers. Also, the depth of the ALEX units was the closest to the depth of the SÄLJAN worktops.

Another reason the ALEX worked for me is that I wanted to have my computer inside a unit, so its dimensions could fit my large PC.

I just had to cut out the rear of it for cables, and I bought a pair of hinges and bolted together the drawer faces into a door and made one unit into a large compartment instead of drawers to house my PC.

I considered other drawers/units from IKEA, but the ALEX units hit all the marks for me, and the units that I kept the drawers in provided a lot of storage!

Another insight was I had to drill a good few holes in the SÄLJAN worktop to facilitate the tidy management of cables, and with that needed rubber grommets in those holes to keep it looking clean.

Finally, the corner part of the desk is supported by 2× OLOV legs.

The components of the desk itself, as well as the three lamps on it, cost me €595.

There were a few non-IKEA add-ons I had to get, such as the monitor arms, microphone mount and parts for the laptop docking basket (almost all Amazon), and these additional items came to roughly €200.”

Functional IKEA Desk Setup with ALEX storage for a Small Room

Desk size: 120×60 cm (47×24″)

“It’s a 120cm×60 cm LAGKAPTEN white oak finish desk.

ALEX drawers were used, as they are so deep and can fit so much stuff in them.

I live in a small apartment where my bedroom is also my office, so having it as part of the desk maximises storage space without having to put separate units.

I used an IKEA SIGNUM cable management trunk under the desk to hide wires and drilled an 80 mm grommet into the desktop to give me a hole to feed wires through.

Other things on the desk
Paul Smith Anglepoise Type 75 Mini
Sonos One
IKEA SIGFINN monitor riser
Apple MacBook Pro
Apple Studio Display
Classicbot figurines
IKEA Järvfjället in white

The desk, drawers and chair were under £300 ($355) altogether.”

ALEX Cabinets Desk Setup with Two Legs in the Middle

Desk size: 250×65,5 cm (98×25″)

“Dimensions are 98″ in length and 25″ in depth. The real hack here is that I’ve used IKEA kitchens KARLBY for the countertop.

I wanted to create a cosy yet large setup that could fit everything on it and still won’t be too crowded with a clean and spacious feel.

I got that with the walnut 2.5-metre KARLBY countertop. The ALEX drawers are amazing if you have a lot of things to store — at instant reach.

The drawers’ depth is outstanding and varies in size so that everything will fit in. The white ALEX drawers were also perfect for breaking the wooden colour for a clean and modern look.

I also used two legs to support the middle part of the table. Without it, the middle part would bend like a banana. It’s a heavy countertop.

You can use IKEA ADILS for the legs. (One leg in the middle is also good enough).

Countertop $259 + two ALEX drawers $220$ + legs $15. Costs $494 in total.”

Other accessories
Cable management Stageek
Lights Yeelight LED Light Strip 1S
Headphone stand Avantree
Speaker Sonos Move
Keyboard Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro
Mouse Razer Basilisk

— By Xtazush

Pre-loved IKEA ALEX Drawers Desk Setup

Desk size: 198×60 cm (78×24″)

Depth 24″
Height 28,5″
Width 78″

“A little about my setup. My goal when creating a bedroom system was to do it as cheaply as possible while still having it be functional, somewhat stylish and accommodate my biggest hobbies, gaming, music, and retro gaming.

Everything you see in my setup was purchased second-hand or given to me for free. I live far north in Canada, Yellowknife northwest territories, so we don’t actually have an IKEA.

This particular desk I scored second-hand on the marketplace for 200 Canadian ($150). The desk I had before, while fine, wasn’t wide enough to accommodate the Sony PVM CRT monitor for retro games.

The IKEA ALEX drawers desk was perfect for this since it has such a wide work surface.

Pre-loved IKEA ALEX Drawers Desk Setup
— By Chewbacca319

I had considered making my own desk, using prefabricated aluminium stands and a carry-way butcher block countertop slab, but that would have cost around double what I ended up getting the IKEA for.

The total cost was shy of CAD 900 ($680). If everything were purchased new, it would have cost CAD 9,3K ($7K).

All prices are in Canadian. So essentially, by buying second-hand, I was able to get everything for about 10% of its original cost :)”

IKEA Workstation with Two Screens and Custom Loop PC

Desk size: 180×80 cm (70,8×31,5″)

“It’s 80 cm deep and 180 cm wide.

The ALEX drawer fits all of my office supplies and other little things. I didn’t consider other options since it works so well.

IKEA Workstation with Two Screens and Custom Loop PC
— By worldofjoonas, Instagram

The whole setup, including the custom loop PC, cost me over €6K altogether.

Hard to say the exact sum, but it’s in the ballpark of €6-7K.”

Wooden ALEX Units Corner Desk Setup

Desk size: 120×60 cm (47×24″)

“The desk I bought is 120×60 cm, and I arranged it in an L formation.

The longer side is 178 cm (60 cm desk + 120 cm desk, -2 cm of connection), the shorter side is 156 cm (120 cm desk + 36 cm ALEX), and connected an ALEX to one of them.

The first desk is 74 cm high, and the second one is 70 cm high.

The reason why one of them is higher is that the higher one contains an ALEX as one of the supports, while the other has ALEX as an extension to provide more desk room.

IKEA Corner Desk Setup with ALEX drawers and LAGKAPTEN tabletop
— By Lil_Brimstone

I picked ALEX drawers because they perfectly combine with the LAGKAPTEN tabletop. They’re very deep and sturdy.

Plus, we use IKEA products at work, so I see IKEA products as sturdy and reliable. I haven’t seen any drawers better than ALEX in Polish shops.

The whole setup (as in, only the IKEA products included) cost me 1452zł, which is approximately $300, plus 120zł shipping, adding $25 to the total sum.

Oh, also, the reason why my setup is like this (as in, having lots of open space underneath) is that the PC I’ve built creates a ton of heat, so it needs lots of airflows.”

White Desk Setup Featuring ALEX Drawers

Desk size: 188×61 cm (74×25″)

“For the desk, I’m using two IKEA EKBACKEN countertops. They’re 74″ long and 25″ deep.

I use one for the main desk that the monitors and PC sit on, and then the other runs along the wall to the left. For the main one, I recently got a Flexispot E7 frame to convert it to a sit/stand desk, and I’m loving it!

In regards to inspiration, of course, the rise in the use of IKEA countertops and ALEX drawers caught my attention. But since my PC was all white, I decided, why not build a setup revolving around that?

White Desk Setup Featuring ALEX Drawers
— By Brockoli96, Instagram

I needed storage, so the ALEX drawers were a must-have, and I wanted a lot of desk space, so I opted for an L-shaped setup.

I did consider some of IKEA’s other countertop/desktop options, but none seemed to be built with the same quality in all white or had the right size I was looking for.

I wanted something that was durable and looked the part as well.”

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