A beautifully balanced Ikea desk top setup

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A big thank you to the Reddit user: Matttwearsahat for providing us with this beautiful setup.

We really love this setup because of the simplicity involved with building an IKEA desk top with the IKEA Alexs into something that is usable and simple. We go into detail on how you can put together an IKEA desk top setup with the use of a few simple items on another one of our articles. IKEA setups aren’t cheap but we break down the budget that’s needed to get you going with the option to upgrade later.

Below we answer some of the key questions:

  1. What makes the IKEA desk top stand out?
  2. What are some details about the IKEA desk top used in the setup?
  3. How does it fare in the long term?
  4. What’s the maintenance process like?

Let’s take a look at what’s involved in this IKEA desk top setup.

TabletopIKEA Karlby
Tabletop StandIKEA Alex
PC CaseCorsair Carbide Series SPEC-DELTA
SpeakersRazer Nommo Chroma 2.0
ShelfIKEA Lack
MonitorDual Kogan 29″ Curved 21:9 Ultrawide
Monitor MountVIVO Single LCD Monitor Desk Mount
KeyboardDucky One 2 Mini
MouseLogitech G502
Headset StandRoccat Modulok Modular Headset Stand
HeadsetSteelseries Arctis Pro Wireless

What makes this desk top stand out?

With scattered greenery and splashes of natural wood grain, this simple and modern setup is a perfect blend of technology and nature. The owner of this desk setup seems to have applied some wax or polish to his IKEA desk top to really help it shine and protect the surface from possible water damage.

We also take a look at some of the plants he used to pair with the dark color to literally bring his setup to life.

Plants used in the setup:

What are some details about the IKEA desk top used in the setup?

The IKEA Karbly used in this setup would be the 98 inches desk top in Walnut. The approximate cost in USD is $249. It weighs 87lbs and it’s definitely not something you can move by yourself. It’s 1.5 inches thick, with a thick walnut veneer on top. This basically means that it’s not 100% all walnut but just a thick layer of it on the top and bottom surfaces.

How does the IKEA desk top fair in the long term?

Well, I’ve been using mine for almost 4 years but what really matters is whether or not you spill water onto it and whether you treat it with the IKEA STOCKARYD wood treatment oil. That oil helps with blocking the pores of the wood and make the wood water resistent. If you buy this desktop you would certainingly want to treat it with oil.

In addtion, if you’re mounting a heavy monitor or dual monitor to a table top. This IKEA desk top is perfect for it as it is super thick and sturdy. The only thing you have to beware of is not clamping on the desk too hard to leave a market from the mounting plates.

What’s the maintenance process like?

Well all you need is some IKEA Stockaryd oil and a sponge. It will prolong the life of the desk top and improve the look by adding a natural shine to it. Other than you really don’t need to do much.

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