Ikea Hack – Vittsjo Laptop Table

I was wandering through Ikea the other day, when I ended up in the office section. I didn’t need anything for the office (much less furniture!) but I browsed none the less. Out of nowhere, I spied this little table.

Ikea Vittsjo Laptop Table

Ikea Vittsjo Laptop Table

It’s part of the Vittsjo line. It’s a small table meant to sit over the sofa so you can work on your laptop. It’s new (so new in fact that I couldn’t find it online). I saw it and instantly thought it would be great as a side table in our living room (with a new top, I hate glass topped tables).

In fact I had pinned this pin a few weeks ago with the intent to make a side table out of copper piping & wood top.



The little Vittsjo Laptop table was a smashing good deal at only $19.99. I promptly texted it to El Granto to get his thumbs up before buying.

Ikea Vittsjo $19.99

Ikea Vittsjo $19.99

After I got it home, I set to assembling everything except the glass top. I decided I wanted to replace the glass with some wood (like from my West Elm Inspiration).  I measured how big I wanted the top to be (I decided I liked the look of the wood siting on the frame, rather than inset like the glass was.) After I measured things up, we walked to HD and picked up a cheap $6 pine shelf board. I came home, cut pieces to size and attached them together using our Kreg jig and screws.

Top made with Kreg Jig

Top made with Kreg Jig

We finished the top with a coat of wood conditioner, two coats of chocolate stain, and three coats of furniture wax. We attached it with a few screws to the table using the tabs that once held the glass. We drilled holes in each of the tabs, then using small screws screwed through the tabs into the bottom of the wood top.

This is what we had after $26 and a couple hours work.

Table Complete

Table Complete

Table Complete

Table Complete

*Two days after we completed the table, I picked up a copy of the April issue of Style at Home and saw this article on similar side tables. At $26 ours comes in waaaay under the cost of all the tables in the article. Yay for style on a budget!

Style at Home Article on similar tables. April 2013 issue

Style at Home Article on similar tables. April 2013 issue



Table Frame – Ikea Vittsejo Laptop Table – Ikea
Wood – Pine Shelf board – Home Depot
Varathane stain in Chocolate – Home Depot
Varathane wood conditioner – Home Depot
Minwax Paste Finishing Wax – Home Depot
Kreg Screws – Lee Valley Tools

Tools Used:

Miter Saw
Kreg Jig

Difficulty Level (on a scale of 1-5):

one out of five

Total Cost: $26

13 Responses

  1. Sharon

    I love the color. What stain did you use?

  2. Christian

    What is the width and the length measurement of the wood please?


  3. Chau

    This looks awesome. What were the dimensions of the piece of wood?

  4. Hey I just wanted to say the table looks awesome! Just wondering though, what did you need the Kreg Jig/Screws for?



    • Hi Andrew,
      I used three pieces of pine for the table top (you could use one piece of plywood). I used the Kreg to attach the tabletop pieces together. It could have been done with glue + clamps, dowels or biscuits, bit I like the speed of the Kreg!

  5. erica

    This table hack is amazing, thank you for the instructions! i’m definitely doing this

  6. callie

    Just found you through ikea hackers, this table turned out beautifully! Could you tell me the total height of the finished piece please? Thanks.

    • Hi Callie,
      Thanks for the kind words! The finished height is 26 1/4″ (we used 3/4″ thick wood)

      • callie

        Great. Thanks for the info!

  7. robyn

    I just found your blog via rambling renovators and I love it! this is such a great project- thanks for the inspiration!

    • Thanks for the kind words Robyn, and we’re happy to have you as a new visitor!

  8. Well done! I love a good Ikea hack! Especially when they turn out as nice as this one. :-)

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