Simple Wall Mounted Desk Tutorial
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Having a good workspace is extremely important to me. As a kid I loved having my own desk in school. Even then I wanted to organize everything and have all my supplies in their place. Perhaps I am a bit OCD but I find that when I am orderly I am also effective. If there is anything that can drive me bonkers it is having to search for things while I am doing a project. Honestly, so much time is wasted when you are disorganized. Well this momma has been wasting time as she needed a new space to create. But as you know if you have been reading along I am getting ready to move. So I did not want to go out and buy a new piece of furniture to organize my craft room/office. Because of this my wall mounted desk idea was born.
What do you do when you have an ugly table but need two desks for your craft room? You get out a saw and chop it in half! Well that’s what I do at least. I really really like using my power tools and sometimes I get an idea and I can’t be stopped! These wall mounted desks were one of my crazy ideas I got in my head and luckily they are everything I dreamed and more. Since I got this ugly boring table for free from someone’s trash I knew I was going to do something awesome with it. BUT… it sat in my garage for about 2 years. Yeah… bad. Finally I got around to using this table and I am so thinking it was worth storing. Please tell me I am not the only one saving junk to make into something else?
Step By Step Wall Mounted Desk:
- Find a poor orphaned table in someone’s garbage, at a thrift store, or your favorite place to find forgotten objects. You may or may not store it for 2 years, totally optional. It doesn’t get better with time.
- Sand the tops and legs with an 80 grit sandpaper. An orbital sander is sooo much easier to use but if you don’t have one this can be done by hand. Once you have buffed off any top coat you should finish sand with a 100 grit sandpaper. This just smooths it out really finely. I highly suggest if you like doing projects to invest in an orbital sander. One of my first and favorite tools!
- Wipe with a mixture of 12 oz water and 1 tablespoon alcohol. Wear gloves to protect your hands. This just cleans off any remaining dusts or oils on the surface of your project.
4. NOW the funnest part! Cut that sucker in half! You could do this widthwise or lengthwise. Depending on your needs. If you do it length wise it would be a great sofa or entry table option. You will need a measuring tape for this. Find your center line on both sides and mark. Then draw a straight line with a level or a piece of 2×4 if you are like me. Then you can cut this either on a table saw OR if you are brave you can use a circle saw. Wear protective eyewear and watch your fingers cause they don’t grow back.
- 5. Once you have two pieces you need to make your wall grabber piece cause at this point you only have a 2 legged table. Not an effective desk. According to my Mom that piece is called a cleat. Basically, it’s a piece of 2×2 wood that you cut to the width of your cut side of your table and screw into the sides to create a cleat. This cleat will be what you attach to the studs in your wall.
6. You should now have two, two legged tabletops with a cleat in the back of each one. Next you are going to find the studs in the wall you want to attach your desks to. Get a good stud finder and it will change your life. I am not even going to make any dorky stud finder jokes but I am certainly thinking them in my mind.
7. Mark out your studs and adjust the placement of your desks accordingly. you will want to hit two studs to really make the tables solid.I like to predrill my holes before I drill into the wall. So I made two pre drills into my cleats where the studs are marked out on the wall. Using a power drill and 3.5 inch screws drill into your cleat and studs attaching the desk to the wall. You will be amazed as you do this how quickly your table becomes stable again. Also you may want someone to hold the desk as you drill into the wall. AND use a level to make sure it’s… well level.
8. Finally finish your table anyway you want. I used ReThunk Junk Paint’s Weathered Grey Staintop and Linen White paint to finish mine. Definitely find some high quality furniture specific paint and a durable top coat as desks get a lot of mouse traffic and wear and tear.
Enjoy your new workspace!
If you have any questions or thoughts please put them below in the comments! I am happy to help! Now that I have finished this I think I am going to build a bookshelf to go in between the two desks. Because I need more storage and because they are such an easy project. And people keep buying these crappy particle board shelves. Blech. Stay tuned to see what I do in the Fearlessly Creative Mammas’ headquarters next! Thanks for reading along…