DIY desk and floating shelves for a study nook

Over a year ago we had a family room and new kitchen built at the back of our house. In my mind I thought, “ok we’re basically having a new room built- we’ll lay some new floorboards in there, a nice new kitchen paint those walls and I’ll buy some nice furniture”.

In reality- you don’t just lay new floor coverings in the new room because it makes the rest of the house look old and dated, you have to continue it through the rest of the house if you want it to look any good.

And the same goes for the walls. You paint the walls in your new room and slowly you start to see all the imperfections in the walls in the older part of your house so you paint the whole house.

Then you put new down lights in you new room and they are so much more modern than the plain old ceiling lights that you have in the rest of your house so you update a few more.

Then you find little sections of your house that don’t look right anymore because you’ve added new walls and new spaces…

So I found myself with this funny little alcove where we had put a new wall in to block off what use to be the kitchen (the new wall and door is to the left of the problem space). We didn’t need another linen closet because the old kitchen was about to become the new laundry  with wall to ceiling cupboards.

So I put my sometimes DIY hubby to work and asked him to make me a desk with three shelves and this is what he came up with:

This is the odd space that we needed to fill.



renderedcontent-aa9dd3c0-5c6d-46df-81d3-a5164647a9ea-1   These shelves and the desk table were made skirting boards left over from our renovation, and pieces of pine from the hardware store.

He made the shelves then screwed them directly to the wall.

You could place another piece of pine under each shelf once they are attached, either the same thickness or thinner, to hide the underside of the shelves.

This was a very cheap alternative to purchasing floating shelves.

The top of the desk measures 72cm from the floor; the top of the lowest shelf is 70cm from the desk; and the top shelf is approximately 30cm down from the ceiling. If i could change anything i would probably bring all the shelves down 10cm since i find the top shelf difficult to reach.

The height of our ceilings are 2.4m.

There will be a switch installed on the wall underneath the desk and a small hole drilled into the desk at the back left hand corner to feed the laptop cord and a desk lamp cord through.







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