With school just a few weeks away, we have been busy getting the kids rooms ready for the homework soon to come! Which meant 2 new DIY desks for their bedrooms. These DIY boys built in desks are cheap, simple to make & don’t take away from precious floor space. The best part is that we completed both of them in just a few hours!
2 Boys Built in Desks
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If you have been following along for a while you know that this isn’t our first rodeo when it comes to building desks for our kids 🙂
Our youngest, Tucker had finally outgrown his red desk (see that desk here) & needed a bigger one. Ryan, our 10th grader had broken the lid off of his secretary desk so many times we had gotten to the point where it didn’t make anymore sense to keep fixing it.
We decided to make both boys built in desks so we wouldn’t take away from precious floor space.
To make the built in desk in Tucker’s room, Jason first cut a base out of 2 by 4’s for the finished wood to go on top. He screwed the 4 boards together & screwed them into joists in the wall.
We decided on white oak for the desks because we like the light color of the wood and oak is VERY durable. The white oak boards we bought in Holmes County, OH where my in-laws live. We have found that wood is sooo much cheaper there since furniture building is so popular in the Amish community.
Jason put the oak boards together using his Kreg jig & cut them to fit perfectly over the top & front of the 2 by 4 base. He sanded them down with his orbital sander making sure the wood was really smooth & the front corners were not too sharp.
We sprayed the desk boards with a flat polyurethane spray. It is much easier to use & dries faster than traditional poly does.
Once the oak boards were dry, Jason nailed them to the 2 by 4 base with his finish nailer.
Tucker’s finished desk is 32 inches wide, 18 inches deep & 31 inches high.
We decided to add the new built in desk between his bookcase & built in dresser. I think it is nice that he can look at his window while doing his homework.
We also added a wall mounted desk light to make his desk brighter.
Ryan’s desk is almost the same as Tucker’s except we angled the corner next to his bookcase to make it easier to get in.
We found Ryan this padded desk chair for sale at Pottery Barn last year. (The other boys are asking for the same one now 🙂
In Ryan’s old desk, I painted the old flip down part white & Jason added a few more oak boards to give it a more finished look.
Ryan’s finished desk is 36 inches wide, 17 inches deep & 31 inches high.
Ryan has already been making good use of his desk as he has been scrambling to get his summer homework done. It’s hard to believe he only has 3 more years of high school to go. The kids are growing up WAY TOO FAST!!!