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Old Jun 28th, 08, 1:21 pm   #1
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can I use pragel countertops for desks?

We are designing what we call our "work room". It's part pantry, part office, part crafting area for the kids, part storage... whew! It's just over 11x11 feet. We'd like to use Akurum cabinets (base and wall) with pragel white counters. We'd also like to include two desk areas (my "office" and the kids' crafting space). I'd like to use the same counters (but dropped lower) so that it looks uniform. Is it possible to mount the counters on the desk legs that Ikea sells? How far apart can the desk legs be and still support the counters?

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Re: can I use pragel countertops for desks?

you can absolutely do it, but i would recommend running a cleat on the wall length in addition to the legs, just in case. pragel can be a little heavy. but you'll be fine.

one thing to consider for the office side is a blotter, that would give you a smooth surface for writing since the Pragel is textured.

fwiw , my office/craft room is mostly akurum and pragel

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Re: can I use pragel countertops for desks?

Thanks for replying!

Is a cleat something I buy through Ikea? Or at Home Depot or such?

How will I attach the legs to the counter? I'm not sure what the tops of the legs are like.

Do you have pictures of your craft/office space?

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Re: can I use pragel countertops for desks?

i haven't finished my craft space yet and it's serving as a storage room right now

my pragel is sitting on counters in there, fwiw .

a cleat is simply a piece of wood (like a 2x4) attached to the wall at the studs which the desk top would sit on for extra support. the legs come with attaching hardware, so that is how you'd attach them.

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Re: can I use pragel countertops for desks?

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my pragel is sitting on counters in there, fwiw.
Hmm... I'm lost. I thought Pragel ARE counters. Are your counters sitting on other counters? Is that what you mean?

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Re: can I use pragel countertops for desks?

sorry, i meant the counters are on top of cabinets vs legs like you're doing.

sorry about that... i think i needed caffeine

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Re: can I use pragel countertops for desks?

Ah - gotcha!

And sorry to be so dense, but bear with me a bit here:
Can I attach (screw?) desk legs (T-legs) to a piece of pragel countertop? Do I need some special attachment piece? If so, what would that be? I keep reading about how the legs attach directly to the frame of the desk, but I'm not sure what the frame is.

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the legs come with attaching hardware, you can screw them to any flat surface. you'll be fine.

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Re: can I use pragel countertops for desks?

Thank you!! This is so exciting!

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