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Posted 21 October 2013 - 15:35

I have an Ikea desk (http://www.ikea.com/...ducts/50251350/) with metal adjustable legs (can't find them anymore on Ikea) and I just bought this desk mount (http://www2.ncix.com...anufacture=SIIG)

 

After receiving the mount I found it to be quite heavy, plus adding 3x 13lbs to it, my question is can my desk handle that much weight. If I try, or hit the desk, it moves quite a bit, so I am worried about that and just the overall weight.

 

Anyone have this type of setup, or similar? 




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Posted 21 October 2013 - 15:45

It's probably because those sorts of table tops just have a mesh of card inside them to add strength, that's why they're so light. You'd probably be better getting a desk with a solid top to old that sort of weight.

 

I would imagine it's just about strong enough to take the weight but the whole surface will be very unbalanced.



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Posted 21 October 2013 - 15:46

I have an old Malm styled desk. just hallow pressed wood on top and sides.

 

I have this stand: http://www.amazon.co...tor mount stand

 

It actually broke the back part of my desk with the weight of 2x 23" screens. But I just put 2x4s on the top and bottom of desk, to expand the weight, Haven't had a problem since.



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Posted 21 October 2013 - 15:50

I have an Ikea desk (http://www.ikea.com/...ducts/50251350/) with metal adjustable legs (can't find them anymore on Ikea) and I just bought this desk mount (http://www2.ncix.com...anufacture=SIIG)

 

After receiving the mount I found it to be quite heavy, plus adding 3x 13lbs to it, my question is can my desk handle that much weight. If I try, or hit the desk, it moves quite a bit, so I am worried about that and just the overall weight.

 

Anyone have this type of setup, or similar? 

Which leg? most ikea legs can handle 100 lb+ each, that would make it 400 lb+ in total with distributed weight, i.e not everything in one spot. Now, knowing the legs can handle the weight, we move to the top. The top is stated to handle a max load of 110 lb. The mount is 18 lbs in shipping, unpacked is probably less, say 16 lb, not that much really. Then you add 39 lb of stuff, you are still well below 110.

 

You could try tightening the leg screws at the top. If its still annoying for you, you can drill at the top and bottom of the legs on the back of the desk (faces wall) two holes for screws, then you can buy two metal wires of the measured length (bottom left leg to top right leg) and attach them with the new screws in an X pattern. That would put more side to side resistance and reduce the wobble.



#5 Brian M.

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 15:55

Which leg? most ikea legs can handle 100 lb+ each, that would make it 400 lb+ in total with distributed weight, i.e not everything in one spot. Now, knowing the legs can handle the weight, we move to the top. The top is stated to handle a max load of 110 lb. The mount is 18 lbs in shipping, unpacked is probably less, say 16 lb, not that much really. Then you add 39 lb of stuff, you are still well below 110.

 

You could try tightening the leg screws at the top. If its still annoying for you, you can drill at the top and bottom of the legs on the back of the desk (faces wall) two holes for screws, then you can buy two metal wires of the measured length (bottom left leg to top right leg) and attach them with the new screws in an X pattern. That would put more side to side resistance and reduce the wobble.

 

The legs will take the weight, no problem. So would the table top, if the weight was evenly distributed. But it probably won't take the weight in a very specific spot. 

 

Those mounts are designed for solid wood. Not MDF filled with cardboard and batons.



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Posted 21 October 2013 - 16:26

Mine looks like this, but without the pull-out. http://www.ikea.com/...ducts/80214182/

 

The weight of the sides do not matter. It is the top that shattered. Those stands are clamping on a small surface area. I added the 2x4 wood to offset that. It hasn't bothered me since.



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Posted 22 October 2013 - 00:44

Thanks everyone.

Some very good points and ideas. Basically, I will have to give it a shot, see what happens. Then if it is an issue, I will try something like above to help, or end up getting a better quality desk :)

 

Though, you guys mostly have made me feel like it might be alright :)



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Posted 22 October 2013 - 12:24

Personally I'd use the solid wood table top rather than one filled with 'filler'.

However that being said it may withstand it or it may not, it depends on the strength of it how it would deal with the weight being focused to one point.



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Posted 22 October 2013 - 15:03

Yea, the issue is I don't really have money for a new desk right now, specially if it's not a cheap Ikea one lol



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 11:21

Yea, the issue is I don't really have money for a new desk right now, specially if it's not a cheap Ikea one lol

Mine was from IKEA & is solid wood, that said I dont see it on the site anymore but it wasn't exactly expensive, also you could go to a timber/lumber yard (not sure on the Canadian expression) and have them make you one for ~$30, which admittedly you'd them need to treat the wood but that'd suffice.