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[IKEA] Karlby Countertop & Alex drawers - North York Ikea

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seeparks wrote:
Jan 11th, 2019 1:44 pm
I currently have two 47” Linnmon tabletops connected together with legs on the sides and an Alex in the middle.

I’m interested to swap out the tabletops with a 98” countertop.

Could I just screw the 4 existing $5 dollar Ikea legs into the sides of the 98” countertops like the Karlby and put the Alex in the center?

I want one long desk with two separate sitting areas.
I didn't screw legs into mine. It's currently sitting on 3 ALEX module.
I did screw in 2 cable management racks underneath and the wood seemed dense enough to screw into. I'm pretty sure it would work without any hassle to just screw your table legs into there.
I would still recommend to verify with what other KARLBY desk user have. There's a ton of them on the battlestations subreddit https://www.reddit.com/r/battlestations ... trict_sr=1
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Is there a L-shape design possible with this setup?
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tokinup wrote:
Jan 11th, 2019 3:56 pm
could i arrange this in a L shape with 2 6-foot counterops
and 2 drawers. How would i install legs to connect
the two sides? Would the legs just screw in?

Thank you
miscbrah1 wrote:
Jan 11th, 2019 4:18 pm
Is there a L-shape design possible with this setup?
The installation guide says to support to counter every 3 feet (You could do 3.5 to 4 feet without issue I'm sure).
If you put a backlegs to support in the middle, I would suggest to put them where the heavier objects would be (your monitor most likely)
Having an ALEX drawer unit on each side and some backlegs on the back would look nice.
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I have been thinking this as well here is my concept idea - the black boxes are alex drawers and circles are legs, the white are flat brackets to join the karby countertops

I am not sure if this would be suffice to hold it together?
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Azian, which countertop do you have?
Is it the same beech one? Thanks
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Wife and I went with the longer Karlby top (98" walnut), along with 2 dark grey Alex drawers. Perfect for side by side. Got my computer on my side, and tons of space for her projects on her side. I added two legs (Adils, $5 each from Ikea) for extra support in the back. In case anyone is wondering, the table is so heavy, there is no chance of them moving/slipping off the drawers.

This has to be my favorite ikea project in the house! Highly recommended! :)
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tokinup wrote:
Jan 11th, 2019 5:31 pm
Azian, which countertop do you have?
Is it the same beech one? Thanks
i bought mine from kjiji,

i can't tell if its the beech or oak...i assumed it was the oak but they look the same in the picture.
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Does anyone know how long this sale is on for?
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Solsearchin1 wrote:
Jan 12th, 2019 1:05 am
Does anyone know how long this sale is on for?
Called and they told me the alex drawers are on until the end of the month
FreddDaSilva wrote:
Jan 11th, 2019 6:07 pm
Wife and I went with the longer Karlby top (98" walnut), along with 2 dark grey Alex drawers. Perfect for side by side. Got my computer on my side, and tons of space for her projects on her side. I added two legs (Adils, $5 each from Ikea) for extra support in the back. In case anyone is wondering, the table is so heavy, there is no chance of them moving/slipping off the drawers.

This has to be my favorite ikea project in the house! Highly recommended! :)
Was the walnut Karlby also on sale?
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Perfect, thanks dude.
malaujai wrote:
Jan 12th, 2019 1:52 am
Called and they told me the alex drawers are on until the end of the month



Was the walnut Karlby also on sale?
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bassae wrote:
Jan 11th, 2019 5:14 pm
I have been thinking this as well here is my concept idea - the black boxes are alex drawers and circles are legs, the white are flat brackets to join the karby countertops

I am not sure if this would be suffice to hold it together?
I wouldn't trust the brackets to hold as the top is particle board.
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malaujai wrote:
Jan 12th, 2019 1:52 am
Called and they told me the alex drawers are on until the end of the month
Was the walnut Karlby also on sale?
I bought and put this together in October.
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Here’s my setup in case anyone wanted another pic for reference. Great price for the set.
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