Ikea Hack: MICKE desk lamp

Yesterday was Earth Day and what better way is there than to celebrate it with another recycle DIY, am I right? Not long ago we still had an IKEA MICKE desk in our apartment that we just recently sold to make room for a dining table. We live on 45 square meters in an apartment under the roof. Which makes it extra tiny due to the roof sloping! I’ll post an update on our new living room layout soon but first let’s get back to that MICKE office desk. Funny as it is I owned the exact same one in the same color combination in Wiesbaden which I sold when I moved in with Chris. But we still had the one at his place.

Ikea Micke Hack

We didn’t have any ceiling lamps yet so we needed a desk lamp for the MICKE to at least see something when it’s dark out. We totally like the style of the IKEA RANARP lamps so we got one as a desk lamp. We didn’t get the one with the foot but the one to screw at the wall for two reasons:

  1. We didn’t want to make a hole in the wall though since we knew that at some point we’re going to replace the MICKE desk.
  2. We wanted to repurpose the lamp once the desk was gone. So we opted for a different approach to attach the lamp.

The IKEA MICKE desk as a hole in it for all the cables to go through. But who says only cables can go through it?

We went into the woods and found a really pretty branch that was just thick enough to fit trough the MICKE desks hole. The branch was way too long though. We didn’t had a saw on hand and it was too thick to just break through by hand so we took the whole branch home with us. Luckily it fit in our car. Once we measured the length that we liked we sawn a piece off. Then all we did was attaching the IKEA RANARP lamp to the piece of branch et voilà we got ourself a bohemian style desk lamp!

The trick: The MICKE desk has a little board underneath the hole where cables and charging station can be placed. This is where the branch stood on so it didn’t just fell through.

We really like this organic looking Lamp DIY. Do you have any IKEA hacks?

Ikea Micke Hack



  1. liferealcrystal Apr 23rd, 2016 10:21 pm

    Love it!

  2. Cheryl Jun 7th, 2016 5:30 am

    Very organic – clever way to bring the outdoors in, especially as it gets colder here in NZ!

    • Chris Jun 7th, 2016 11:38 pm

      Thanks Cheryl! We love to use natural elements in our DIY’s. NZ is on our travel list. 🙂

  3. MrsPALS Mar 5th, 2017 6:50 pm

    Such a simple thing!!! I like it. I am going to see if I find something similar and make my own for the office!!! And I can even revamp an old ikea light I don’t use anymore


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