DIY Wall Desk

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DIY Wall Desk
A wall desk in your home is a welcome piece of furniture. (Businesswoman At Desk image by Monika 3 Steps Ahead from

A necessary piece of furniture is a desk in your home. You and other family members can use a desk for paying bills, homework, reading, writing and computer stations. You can make a permanent desk for your home, one that will be attached to the wall. A wall desk doesn't take up floor space and there are no legs. And wall desks can be put in any room in your house.

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Things you need

  • Plywood
  • Edge trim, 1/2 inch
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Wall brackets (metal or 1x2-inch wood sticks)
  • Lip trim
  • Paint
  • Screw driver
  • Long screws
  • Stud locator
  • Paint
  • Brush

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    Buy the plywood and have it cut to the size of desk you wish to mount to a wall. Get the trim for the edges of the desk. Buy 1x2-inch wood sticks for the brackets or long metal brackets to put the wood desk on. Choose flat metal backets, or slanted brackets if you want for your wall desk to have a slant. Locate the studs in your wall. Determine what height you want the wall desk to be and mark the wall.

    DIY Wall Desk
    Desk in a bedroom (Beautiful room for work in a modern apartment image by terex from
  2. 2

    Screw the metal or wood brackets to the wall, into the studs. Put the piece of plywood on top of the brackets. Attach the desktop to the brackets by screwing the brackets to the plywood underneath.The brackets will hold the wall desk up.

  3. 3

    Put your edging trim on around the plywood desk with a hammer and tiny nails. This will finish the edges so they will be rounded. If you mounted the desk at a slant, nail a lip trim across the bottom of your desktop to hold items on the desk, like pencils.Your desk is now ready to paint any colour you wish. Paint it the colour of the wall and it will just blend in with the surroundings. Place a stool under the desk and you are ready to use your new wall desk. Place your laptop on the new desk and it can be your computer work station.

Tips and warnings

  • Have the boards and plywood cut at the building supply centre so you won't have to use a saw.
  • Use an electric screwdriver to make the job simpler.
  • Be careful nailing so you won't mash a finger.

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