Our Ikea School Desks

I get a ton of questions on our school room, and so I thought I would do an update on our Ikea setup.


So to answer your questions…

  • YES, we still love our desks!
  • YES, they’re still white! (They clean very easily with some water, Windex, or for certain marker spots I used Clorox Cleaner)
  • YES, my kids have survived the swivel chairs!

I also get a LOT of questions on how our desks are set up so I thought I’d show you more detailed pictures of the setup. I moved the drawers out to the ends this year so there was room for the chairs to push all the way in. In order to do that, I had to get a piece of board to help make the desk tops more steady.

I found a piece of 4×8 peg board at my local home depot ($8) and had the nice man there cut it in half for me. (I’ll show you what I did with the rest of it later ;o)

I put the board on top of the drawer units to help stabilize the desk tops. I think it would work better if I’d had one that was 5’x’ 5’ but you work with what you have.

EDITED: To prevent slipping, I have since purchased a set of 4 flat metal brackets. I used them to screw the two desktops together so they don’t move apart. I also added a rubber rug mat (the kind to keep small area rugs from sliding around) in between the peg board and the desktops. Works like a charm!



My school room is about 11′ x 14′, the total size of the desk is about 5′x5′.

What are the specifics?


Here’s a close-up of the drawers and chairs for you. I turned them all in a pin-wheel pattern so that one set of drawers is facing each student. I’m strongly considering getting a glass top cut for this to protect all my whiteness, but that’ll have to come later as budget allows. I am also thinking of securing the desk tops to the drawer units with screws just to prevent slipping.

EDITED: I also added a rubber rug mat (the kind to keep small area rugs from sliding around) in between the peg board and the desktops. Works like a charm!



Here is the completed unit, the openings are now wide enough for the chair to slide all the way in.



And here it is completely put together:



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  1. tara morin says:

    Beautiful room – I only WISH I had a room dedicated to our school!!! OH and just to add, IF you do get a glass table top…..this is VERY cool because you can use dry erase markers ALL YOU WANT on it. We have glass on our kitchen table top (which also doubles as our school desk, lol) and we love it. We do our school on it, draw pictures, leave messages, etc!!!

  2. Love this! If we had a room dedicated to schooling, I would so do this 🙂

  3. IKEA is just an amazing place!! I think I might be lost without our Expedit shelves and some Swedish meatballs every now and then. 😉

  4. What a marvelous idea for a great multi-person work station! As a temporary solution for slipping, you could put pieces of that rubberized drawer liner between the counter top and the pegboard and even between the pegboard and the drawer top. I have used the rubber stuff to help hold a counter top in place over a couple of desks and also between modular cube type shelves and it really helps keep things in place.

  5. I love it! I’d love to see a close up of your shelves, too. Are those from Ikea as well?

  6. Instead of screws, you could use the heavy duty Velcro. That way if you ever need to move it all it will be easy to take apart.

  7. Beautiful room! I love the idea of using IKEA storage in any way possible. Your desk is unique, attractive, and versatile all at the same time.

  8. awesome! i love your desks! 🙂 I really really wish we had an ikea here in nebraska!

  9. Christine Nadolny says:

    I just discovered the workbox system thru your site. Are you still using? Didnt see any boxes in new school rm. Maybe thats what the drawers are for or you camoflaged it.

  10. Jill is right about using the rubberized drawer liners. We used them between the changing pad and our dresser for our changing table. Works great!

  11. Wonderful room and thanks so much for the desk set up info!
    I’m buying the same desks and was crossing my fingers and hoping the pinwheel would work!

    How much space is there for the chair? Do you think a regular-sized JULES chair would push all the way in? The Juniors are only up to rated 110lbs and just in case I borrow the homeschool room for a scrapbooking party I’d like to be able to invite an average sized adult to sit down!

  12. I love your school room, and I think that we are going to use the same arrangement in our room! How do the kids do on the side of the desk where the seam is (does it interfere with their ability to write)? Also, where did you get your white caddy for the middle of the desk area? I LOVE it!

  13. would you know how much the total space is needed for the chairs and roling out of chairs room? is it more like 6 x 6 or bigger do you think? we have an odd shaped room with a big bumpout in the way that im not sure it will fit and was gonna put masking tape on our floor for the total area, but wanted to know what you think the total space is and i may be pushing it up against our windows since we only have 2 kiddos and that way there would be room for us to shove one part up agains the windows…please let me know…thanks so much

  14. Lynn Ashburn says:

    Hi Erica!

    I just want you to know what an inspiration you are! Thank you for sharing all your amazing ideas.
    Can I ask if the brackets you put on the table tops are underneath? Did they have to be drilled through the table? Also, those table tops are not available anymore. What do you think about this option? is the size relatively comparable?
    Thank you again!
    I need all the organizational inspiration I can get!

  15. Hello Erica!

    Where did you get the rubber rug mat and what size was it?


  16. Is their a similar table top that they still sell since the one you use ikea no longer sells?

  17. Hi everyone, YES! IKEA has put out a new one called the Linmon Table Top:

  18. Thank you so much for this post! I love everything about your classroom, from your organization to the child-friendliness of it all. Thank you for such a well-written and detailed post. You have helped me so much! God bless you 🙂

  19. Hello! I Love your school desk set up as I have four kids as well and that would work way better for me than what I have now, however, when I went to the Ikea web page and type in Vika Amon table tops, it does not show up, and your link just brings us to the main table top page, I belive they must not be selling these any longer???? I was wondering, if they dont have these any longer, what else would you suggest to replace this item? Thank you for any info 🙂

  20. Jennifer says:

    I love, love, love your homeschool room! I would love to know how much space there is for the swivel chair in your desk. I am looking to replicate your desk but use a couple of adult JULES chairs, which are a bit wider. I would love to know the width of the opening, if you don’t mind sharing.

  21. Thank you so, so much for sharing all your amazing tips and information! I love your videos, pictures, and great posts!

    Question- When looking at the ikea website, the only shelving units I find similar to yours are these:

    They are not the Expedit unit doesn’t look anything like your shelves. have they also discontinued those? I can’t seem to find any that are 5+ cubes high. =/ Any ideas?

    Thanks again for sharing!

  22. What did you do with the other half of the pegboard? Mine is in the garage for now!

    • Hi Kelly, we put ours up in the garage and used it to hang brooms, shovels, etc from! We have pegboard all over our garage walls :o)

  23. Hi! This is our second year to homeschool, and I am desperately trying to make a homeschool room for my two girls. I love your ikea table put together, but I only have two so I was wondering if I could pick your brain on how to make it for two…if that’s even possible! When I was clicking on the link to go to the ikea site, I was a little overwhelmed on where to even begin! Thanks! Cayla

    • Hi Cayla,
      For just two kiddos I’d probably use the table legs so there is room for two at one table. They also make a longer table top you might want to look into.

  24. Can you please tell me where you bought your pencil art caddy thing on your school table?I’ve been looking forever and haven’t found the right one. Yours is perfec t.Where did you get it please?

  25. Your desk setup is BRILLIANT and beautiful! Erica, I’m really curious how the seam from the tabletops meeting works for you. I’m seriously considering doing this and it looks like the seam is not in the exact middle of the work area – are you still using it this way and does it work well for your children?
    Thank you so much for sharing your secrets!!
    (Also, a lot of people sell the Expedit 5×5 on Craigslist, we just got a white one!)

    • Hi Kristin,
      There is a seam in the middle for two of the kids, the other two have solid work areas. But they’re bolted together with a bracket underneath so the seam doesn’t seem to affect them much. And yes it works great! Good tip on the expedit!

  26. JoshandKelly says:

    This is so awesome!! We just finished setting up the table in our new dedicated school room. My kids can’t wait to start school. Can you send me a picture of the brackets you used? I need the brackets and peg board to make it “perfect”. Such a great idea!!! Josh

  27. Elizabeth says:

    I love your desk/table! I see your room at this time was 11′ by 14′. With the table being 5 foot wide and having the kallax shelves in there too, what was the width of the walkway (empty) areas around the table?

    I am trying to see if this setup will work for us but our room is 10.5 at the narrowest.

  28. Hi Erica!

    Thanks again for sharing so much on your blog! It’s such a blessing!

    We just moved and I am putting together a new school room. I am guessing with the 2 tabletops put together there has to be a “crack” where 2 people sit at the desk, right? Is it a problem at all? I have one “perfectionist” that I could see getting really frustrated if the table was messing her up! Lol. Thank you 🙂

  29. I LOVE your desk idea! How wide is each of the desk openings for the chairs? I’m trying to figure out if the Ikea Jules Junior chair is the only one that is narrow enough to be push in all the way. I was looking online for the measurements and it looks like the setup you have leaves about an 18 inch opening for each of the seats so only the Jules chairs would fit. I haven’t been out to Ikea yet. Would those Jules swivels be ok for bigger kids/teenagers? Thanks for your blog. It’s inspiring!

    • If you set it up like I have with the drawer units below the desk tops, then there is 22.5″ of space for the chair. I have the Jr. chairs, not sure if the adult chairs will fit or not.

  30. Cindy Gornto says:

    Erica, when we put the peg board under the table tops, the tops wobble like crazy. Can you shed some light on why that is?

    • Is your peg board big enough to cover the majority of the backside of my boards. I also used 3 flag brackets to attach the two table tops together.

  31. I am trying to find these exact tables at Ikea but when I click the link it does not give those exact tables. I tried looking it up by measurements but it says they do not exists. Has the name to the table tops changed? If so what is the new name of the table tops?

  32. Is it ok that I copied your desks almost exactly? :). Even down to the chairs. Except now they have limnon table tops with hardware to combine two together that we are going to try & use. And I’m included in the 4 sides (I have 3 kiddos), so my Alex drawer is a drop file one and with a different chair. :). You are an inspiration!

  33. Amy Barnes says:

    Does the seam in the tabletops bother the kids who are sitting there? Thinking of purchasing this today but not sure how that works

  34. I was loting for the visa table tops and all i see is something called Linnmon. Is this the same thing? And just to clarify for the actual desks you just use the storage units and table top with peg board underneath right?

    • Yes, they just changed the names. And yes, the table tops are put together as indicated in the post, and set on top of peg board just for more stability. The drawer units are holding the entire thing up.

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