Sometimes finding the perfect desk can be more challenging than expected. You would think it would be easy with so many choices out there. But, of course, I couldn’t find exactly what we needed.
My son attends this amazing and unique charter school where he is only onsite every other day and is home with assignments to complete on the other days. As he works from home frequently, we thought he deserved a desk suited just for his needs. We had several criteria…ample work space for the computer and book work, close to our internet connection, storage for the printer, etc. and, here’s the kicker, high enough that he could stand without hurting his back. If any of you have kids who are “standers”, you know what I mean. He never sits to do his school work (not even sure why there is a stool there, it just ends up across the room). Based on our criteria, even modular desks would not work.
To make this desk, we purchased unfinished stock cabinets from Home Depot. To make them look a bit more “built-in”, I added pine planks to the sides and a 1×4 across the bottom with some Liquid Nails and a nail gun. Then the cabinets were painted (unprimed so the knots show through).
Fortunately the door was the length we needed. The original color was a light blue so I added a coat of tinted glaze and it turned out great. Left the hinges on just because I love hinges and a little extra hardware never hurts:) The door is screwed onto the cabinets from the inside to hide the screws.
In order to create a flat workspace, we added a piece of glass to the top. This glass is a heat resistant version to prevent cracking when the computer heats up. Just ask for it at your glass place. It is a bit more expensive, but totally worth it (I have had tops break in the past because of hot computers).
Here are some more pictures and one “in process” pic. Have fun creating your desk. You will love the results.
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