How To Build A Floating Desk
With a good internet connection, you can run your office, attend online classes or even work from home. If that’s your life, then you need a comfortable desk to improve you performance with compromising your space. We recommend that you install a floating desk.
A floating desk is a simple type of desk that occupies small and awkward spaces in the house. As the name suggests, the table is attached to the wall and has no stands. It is a very flexible DIY desk where you get to determine everything including height, width and other specs that make a good desk. In this guide, we are providing you with tips on how to build a floating desk yourself.
These are 9 steps on how to build a floating desk.
The first thing you must take into consideration while planning to build a floating desk is having the right tools and materials. This is what you need:
Measuring tape, marking pencil, nails, spirit level, wood, screws, and drill. You also require paint brush, paint, notepad, pen, and a clean rag.
Step 1: Making a Sketch
When building a floating desk, the first thing should be sketching the desk you want. Scale and design a style that you intend for your desk. The sketch should appear on a notepad as a drawing. The main purpose of developing a sketch is to guide you in determining the type and quantity of materials for constructing the desk. You must indicate the measurements on the diagram so that you can buy enough materials to complete the project.
Step 2: Creating the Internal frame
With the correct measurements on the sketch, you can now start with the building the desk’s top. That should be easy since all you need to is to cut wood using the measurement. Start with the internal frames. For strength and solidity of the desk, 2×4 wood pieces are best for the frame. Cut two long pieces (back and front) and three shorter ones to join them. in addition, use nails to join the five pieces to create a frame and nor screws.
Step 3: Creating the Top
With the frame ready, you can start creating the top of the desk. You need 1×4 pieces of wood for this board. That should also be easy since you have all the measurements that you need on the sketch. Arrange the wood pieces properly so that you can see if there is any difference in grain between them. Then use biscuit joiners and clump them to create an intact top. Give it time for the glue to work and then use a hand plane to even out differences in heights between the wood pieces.
Step 4: Paint the Top
With the top complete, now you can think about painting your favourite colour. That is pretty easy to do. We recommend that you paint at least three layers. With that, you will not have a problem with the colour peeling off. It essential to get quality paint for wood use.
Step 5: Cut a piece of 1/8’’ plywood
Before you get out of the workshop, cut a piece of 1/8” plywood of the same size as the frame. You will need this piece beneath the table for a flat and smooth surface.
Step 6: Installing the Desk – Mark the Height
Now you have everything you need to start installing a floating desk on the wall. Start by marking the height of the table. If you have improved tools such as laser level, you can set it to help you main the accurate height. Make several marks on the wall using the level.
Step 7: Installing the Desk – Install the Frame on the Walls
Using the marks you made on the wall, line the top of the frame and drive long screws through to the wall. That’s what will keep the table firm. To test whether it is solidly firm strength of the desk, sit on the frame after driving screws.
Step 8: Installing the Desk – Place the desk’s Top on the Frame
With the internal frame in place, you can now place the top on it. If you need to trim its edges, do so to make sure it fits accurately. Secure it with screws through the frame. So far, you have the floating desk almost complete.
Step 9: Installing the Desk – Attach the Plywood sheet
Attach the plywood sheet underneath with screws and your floating desk is complete. Now you can bring all your stuff including laptops and start using the desk. The final floating desk should look like this.
Building a floating desk is pretty easy, and it’s something that you can do yourself. However, if you don’t have good work skills, hire a professional to do the job for you.