I have this little nook in my sun room that has been wasted space since we moved in 2 years ago. I thought it would be the perfect space to put a little homework desk for my daughters! A floating desk seemed ideal (aka easier) to build, AND it would take up less space. I really wanted to keep things simple and CLEAN because it’s right off the main living space.
After posting the end result on my personal Facebook page, people kept telling me how impressed they were, but they must not know how EASY it is to do, so I thought I would share!
- Table Saw and/or Miter Saw – unless you can convince the Lowe’s employees to do precision cuts! (Some will, some won’t.)
- Power Drill (I use the Dewalt Impact Drill)
- Brad Nailer (I use the Ryobi Cordless and LOVE IT!)
- Wood Glue
- Wood Stain (I used a water-based stain, Saman in “whole wheat”)
- Poly Finish (I use Minwax Polycrylic Finish)
- Leveling Device
- Stud Finder
- 4″ Wood Screws
- (2) 2″x3″x8′ – Cut (2) 5 foot pieces, and (5) 13″ pieces
- (1) 1″x4″x8′ – Cut (1) 5.75 foot piece and (1) 16″ piece
- (1) 1″x16″x5′
- (1) 1/4″x16″x5′ plywood
**The desk I made was roughly 5 feet wide and 16 inches deep. You may need to adjust the wood cuts to fit your space!**
I started with the 2″x3″s, and assembled the inside structure. It definitely helps having an extra set of hands (and both your thumbs!) to assemble the pieces. My 6 year old was NOT the best helper!
After I cut the wood for the outer part of the desk, I went ahead and stained and sealed everything while I was outside. (I ended up having to touch up a couple places when I finished putting it all together inside, but I am notorious for being messy, so it saved my neat-freak husband some stress, and me some unnecessary cleaning!)
I brought everything inside — it felt pretty uhhhhmazing after working out in that sweet southern “fall” weather! — and began by using my stud finder to mark all the studs. Then I started attaching the inner structure to the studs, and approximately 24″ off the ground. I planned on using 18″ stools, and this was the perfect height! Use the leveler while screwing into the studs to make sure it’s perfectly straight!
Next, I attached the 1/4″ plywood piece to the bottom side of the inner structure with my super handy nail gun. (This was a gift to myself at the beginning of this forevvvver long deployment!)
Then, I attached the 1″x16″ piece on top with the nail gun as well.
Next, I attached the 1″x4″s along the outside. Not too shabby, right?!
The last part was obviously the most fun… SHOPPING! The metal stools were perfect for the space, and I love that they are so easy to clean! I scoured Hobby Lobby for functional, but stylish decor to finish off the space. I have included links for everything below, but please feel free to ask any additional questions! I hope this inspires you to take on a project of your own!
- Framed Chalkboard Calendar (Hobby Lobby)
- Metal “H” (Hobby Lobby)
- Hanging Bar (Hobby Lobby)
- Hanging Containers (Hobby Lobby)
- Metal Wire Wall Basket (Hobby Lobby)
- 18″ Metal Stools (Amazon)
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