Awesome 6 Foot Long Built in Desk with Bookshelves (Easy DIY)

We added a built in desk to our son's bedroom using two scrap boards we found in our garage.

Sharing all the tips & tricks for how to make a 6 foot long DIY built in desk against the wall with bookshelves, a light & a corkboard wall above it with instructions & pictures.

Easy DIY Built in Desk with Bookshelves

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Sharing all the tips & tricks for how to make a 6 foot long DIY built in desk against the wall with bookshelves, a light & a corkboard wall above it with instructions & pictures. #builtindesk #farmhouse #diyprojects

I am excited to share the built in desk we added to our son’s bedroom. 

We gutted his bedroom and have been slowly putting it back together. 

Instructions for How to Make a DIY Desk Against a Wall

The Bedroom Wall Before

To start the built in desk we had to first close off the second doorway into the room. 

The was no reason to have a doorway into the next bedroom so we closed it off because we need the wall space.

Bennett's Room - part 1 - The Plan / built in desk

Building the DIY Built in Desk & the Reclaimed Wood We Chose

To build the desk we used some wood from the old portion of our house that had been removed with room/door alterations.  

I just the love the character and texture the old wood brings.  

For the desk top we used 2 – 2x10s which Jason screwed together using his Kreg Jig (Kreg R3 Jr. Pocket Hole Jig System). 

The reclaimed boards were almost 6 feet long so perfect for a desk!

DIY - built in desk- Boys bedroom

We used some old original 2x4s that were removed when we changed Bennett’s doorway.  

We screwed these right to the wall and cut some smaller angled boards for some decoration.

DIY - built in desk- Boys bedroom

We used already primed pieces of wood from Home Depot for the built in shelves above the desk.

DIY - built in desk- Boys bedroom

Building the Bookshelves Above the DIY Built in Desk

We decided to paint the shelves white to brighten up the room with the Benjamin Moore Hale navy paint as the background and to match the built in shelves that were already here.

DIY - Come check out the built in desk we added to our son's bedroom
DIY - Come check out the built in desk we added to our son's bedroom

We added a library light (Canarm ICW299A01ORB10 Taylor 1-Bulb Wall Mount Track Light, Oil Rubbed Bronze) to the top of the shelves to brighten up the work space.

DIY - Come check out the built in desk we added to our son's bedroom

DIY Cork board Above the DIY Built in Desk

We added a cork board to the back of the desk so Ben could have a spot to hang pictures and artwork.

(see the DIY Cork Board Instructions HERE)

DIY - Come check out the built in desk we added to our son's bedroom

Amazon sells rolls of cork that we’ve used for various projects.  

These work great for DIY large cork boards (Manton Natural Cork Roll 4′ x 3′ x 3/8″ – Thicker tacking surface).  

DIY - built in desk- Boys bedroom

Vintage Library Chair for the DIY Built in Desk

I found the library chair on Craigslist for $40.

DIY - Come check out the built in desk we added to our son's bedroom

Bennett really wanted to have a chair that spins and wheeled around the room. 

This chair does spin I put my foot down on the wheels… ūüôā

DIY - Come check out the built in desk we added to our son's bedroom

If you want to start from the beginning of what we have been up to in this DIY boys bedroom….

see how we changed his doorway HERE

Added a Bead Board Ceiling HERE

His finished navy boys bedroom HERE

I hope this inspires you & gives you lots of DIY desk ideas to make for your home!

Be sure to check out all my DIY desk ideas below!

by Tara Lehman

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Comments

  1. Very practical and pretty Tara. I like that you painted it white, it goes nicesly with your infamous Navy walls! I’m sure Bennett must be so happy to have a little space of his own, even if you don’t let him roll around. ūüėČ

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by to see Ben’s built in desk Mary! Ha, Yes, we definitely needed white to break up those navy walls:). He does really enjoy his new space whether he gets to roll around or not:). I hope you are having a great week and take care, Tara

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by to see Ben’s built in desk Kristi! Yes, he’s pretty proud of his mug. He wanted to keep it with the kitchen mug collection but I was able to talk him into making it a pencil holder:). I hope you are having a great week. take care, Tara

  2. I could read your blog all day. The way you & your husband DIY is exactly how my brain works so your site gives endless supply of ideas. Thank you for publishing such great content!

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