Hi, it's Amy from Hertoolbelt back with another build plan. Today's project is a simple wall desk. It is a great option if you need to add an office area to a small space or create a homework station for the kids. The inspiration for this project comes from this beautiful office nook found on Better Homes and Gardens.
(Note: the picture is the inspiration for this build plan, not the actual build.)
How to Build a Simple DIY Wall Desk
- 3/4″ x 16″ x 48″ glued edge panel or 2′ x 4′ plywood
- 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ x 8′ board (1 x 4)
- 3/4″ x 1 1 /2″ x 8′ board (1 x 2)
- 1 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ x 8′ board (2 x 6) or 2 shelf brackets
- wood glue
- 1″ screws
- 2 1/2″ screws
- 1 1/2″ screws
- 1 1/2″ nails or 1 1/4″ screws
- Approximate wood cost: $29
You can easily customize the wall desk dimensions for your space and needs. I chose to make the main desk piece 16″ deep and 40″ long.
Cut the 3/4″ plywood or panel to 16″ x 40″ (or your dimensions). Cut the 1×2 and 1×4 to the same length as your desk piece.
On the ends of the 1×4, mark over 3 1/2″ on the top of the board. Use a bucket or a round object and trace a curve between the bottom corner and the top 3 1/2″ mark. Use a jig saw, scroll saw or band saw to make the cut. Repeat for the other end.
Pre-drill holes approx every 4″ or so along the back edge (3/8″ in from the back) of the desk board to attach the rounded wall board. Use wood glue and 1 1/2″ min screws to attach the desk board to the wall board. (If attaching the front trim with pocket screws drill the holes now.) Offset the front trim about 1/4″ up to create a little lip to keep things from rolling off the desk. Use wood glue and 1 1/2″ min nails to attach the front trim to the desk board (or use pocket holes from underneath). Once all of the glue has dried, remove excess glue and sand the desk smooth.
I wasn't able to find shelf brackets similar to the BHG inspiration desk, however you can DIY your own or purchase shelf brackets.
To DIY curved shelf brackets, print out the following patterns (make sure the printer is on 100%, not ‘fit to page') Bracket 1 and Bracket 2. Line up the patterns, tape together and cut out. Trace the patterns onto the wood you want to use, such as a 2×6. Cut out the brackets using a band saw, scroll saw or jig saw and sand them smooth. If you want chunky brackets, you'll need to glue brackets together to get them to the width you desire. In the sketch, the curved brackets are 3″ wide so you would need to glue 2 brackets together made from 2×6 material.
If you don't want to DIY brackets there are quite a few shelf bracket options out there:
- Simple brackets – cheap
- Heavy duty bracket
- Elegant bracket
- DIY Vintage inspired corbels – another DIY option
Locate the studs in the wall where you plan to install the desk. Determine what desk height you want, an average height for a regular chair is about 29″, for a bar stool you'll want the desk at about 36″. Pre-drill holes through the desk wall board such that it will attach to the wall studs. Level the desk and secure the desk to the wall with 2 1/2″ minimum screws. Attach the brackets to the wall and desk to support the desk.
Remove any excess glue, apply wood filler to holes, cracks and blemishes and allow to dry. Sand the desk until smooth finishing with 120-150 grit sand paper, always finish sanding in the direction of the grain. Stain or paint the desk and allow to dry.
Enjoy your new desk!
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