Our DIY Kitchen Desk & Homework Station

Learn how we created this DIY built in kitchen desk and new homework station in our kitchen

With 4 kids in school this year our family needed a central spot for homework.  Last year I would send the older boys to their rooms where each boy had a desk we made for them.  However, it didn’t seem like much homework was getting done and everyone always wound up in the kitchen anyway :).  So Jason and I made a plan to create a desk and homework station in the kitchen.  We decided we needed to add a kitchen desk for a computer the kids could do homework on and we could keep an eye on.

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Below is a picture of what this spot in our kitchen looked like soon after we moved in.

Before eat in kitchen area - DIY cork board

We also added 2 bookcases on either side of our sliding glass doors for extra storage and to hold arts & craft and homework supplies.  There were hanging doors in this spot before but they were too big to close and we almost never used them.  The bookcases we added are almost identical to the bookcases we created in our son’s room.  You can see that DIY post here.

Stop bby to see how we added a DIY built in kitchen desk and built in bookcases to add a new homework station to our kitchen

The bookcases do a fantastic job of adding extra storage to the kitchen without taking up too much floor space.

DIY built in bookcase around kitchen sliding glass doors

We still have our DIY cork board to hang all our kids artwork, homework, and school papers.  I love that this corkboard keeps our fridge clutter free.  I still want to add a wood frame around it but that’s a project for another day!

Homework station in the kitchen and DIY cork board for hanging all our kids artwork

With all the homework we have planned for the kitchen we decided to take out the leaf of our oval table to make it round.

New kitchen work space with round kitchen table

We hope to have most dinners in our dining room now.  Even though the table is a bit smaller we still have enough room to share a meal and do work together.

Kitchen built in bookcase around the sldiing doors and round kitchen table

As you can see I have plenty of room to work on my blog posts here as well :).

Round kitchen table work space with blue ball jar and pink hydrangeas

You can almost always find me working in here since I spend most of my day in the kitchen doing laundry, making dinner and washing lots of dirty dishes!

Built in kitchen desk DIY and built in bookcase

I love having a dedicated place to work now with my new kitchen desk :).  The bonus of an extra computer in the room is that I now have a screen to catch up on my shows while I am making dinner!  Here is the link to the monitor we purchased,  ViewSonic VX2452MH 24-Inch LED-Lit LCD Monitor, Full HD 1080p, 2ms, 50M:1 DCR, Game Mode, HDMI/DVI/VGA, VESA We chose to add the monitor to the wall with a swivel arm so we could see it while sitting at the table as well as at the kitchen sink, VideoSecu Articulating Arm Wall Mount for 15 to 27-Inch Panel ML12B, Black  I also purchased a wireless keyword and mouse for our new kitchen desk computer station, Logitech MK270 Wireless Keyboard/Mouse Combo, Logitech Wireless Mouse USB (Black)We created this desk to match the entryway table we added to our foyer last year.

Learn how we created this DIY kitchen desk to add some extra workspace for our kitchen

To read the DIY post on how we created our entryway table you can see that here.

Stop by to see how we created this awesome DIY built in desk and bookcases to make a much more functional homework and work space for our family

We added a matching Pottery Barn rug under our table as well.  I found it on Ebay for 1/2 the price.  It really grounds the space and I am sure it will help our hardwood floors to feel a little cozier in the winter since there is a dirt crawl space under our kitchen eat in area.  (this room was originally the back porch to our old farmhouse)

kitchen desk with beam ceiling and hardwood floors

With all the changes we made to our new kitchen desk and homework station we made a few more changes to the kitchen too!

farmhouse kitchen with beam ceilings

I finally painted the walls Sherwin Williams Kestral White in a matte.  One thing we learned about old homes and plaster walls is that glossy paint shows every imperfection and matte or flat paint goes a long way to hide that.

Farmhouse kitchen in SW kestral white with pottery barn runner and pine cabinets and beam ceiling

Jason helped me take down one big upper cabinet to the right of the sink.  Removing that cabinet helps open up our kitchen and gives some much needed counter space.  The kitchen is brighter now too with that cabinet no longer blocking the light.

Farmhouse kitchen with built in bookcases around sliding glass doors, bay window, round white table

Jason and I both said that it’s amazing how these changes help us to like our kitchen so much more now!  I hope this post about our new kitchen desk and built in bookcases gives you some ideas for your kitchen or homework space. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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    1. Thank you so much Marty! We are all enjoying the extra storage space but I am definitely crossing my fingers a lot of homework will be happening here this fall!!!

  1. This is grand! Our children have long been out of the house, but I can see exactly why you’ve done the work to bring them all into the kitchen and work at the table! Love your desk with the screen too!

    Brava and well done – enjoy! MMR

    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comment Margaret! It made a lot of sense to add our homework zone into the kitchen since we were all in here anyway :).

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