If you’ve been following along, you know that I recently renovated my parents’ unfinished basement with my dad. And, although I’m super happy with the way it turned out, the little nook in the back corner of the basement has been driving me insane. Living small means I am really good at turning wasted square footage into usable space, and that’s exactly what I did! I created a basement office space by building a DIY Floating Desk with Hidden Storage in that small nook. Even cooler, I partnered with my friends at DAP Products to show you how it was done. Ready to get started?
How To Build A Floating Desk With Hidden Storage
Want to see this build in action? Check it out on my YouTube channel!
That back corner with the baskets was the nook in question…
And this is what it is now!
So. Much. Better.
I really wanted this piece to look like a solid piece of wood when closed, but still have usable space, and I totally feel like I accomplished that!
Here’s how I made it happen!
What I Used:
(8) 1 x 4 x 6’ Boards
(1) 1 x 8 x 6’ Board
(2) 2 x 6 x 8’ Boards
DAP Carpenter’s Glue
DAP Wood Putty
3” Structural Construction Screws
(3) Full Overlay Hinges
1 ½” Wood Screws
1 ¼” Brad Nails
Walnut Danish Oil
- I started by gluing my 1 x 4” boards together to make two panels (4 boards for the top panel and 4 for the bottom panel) to fit my space. If you are talking this project, make sure to double check the measurements of your space before starting. My desk ended up being 14″ deep and 50″ long.
To do this, I used DAP Carpenter’s Glue and a ton of parallel clamps. I applied even pressure throughout the entire glue-up and also added a few stiles across the tops and bottoms of the panels to keep them flat.
2. While the panels dried, it was time to measure and cut the pieces for my frame. I chose 2 x 6 boards for this to leave enough space inside the desk for ample storage. I cut these using a circular saw and a speed square.
3. Next, I attached the frame boards to the wall using structural construction screws and drilled these screws into the studs in the wall. This was probably overkill, but I wanted to be safe!
4. Once the outer frames were attached, it was time to attach the middle supports. I cut these from the 2 x 6” boards with a circular saw and then attached them to the supports using pocket hole joinery and DAP Carpenter’s Glue (if you want to make a floating shelf with hidden storage – you can use 2 x 4” boards instead).
5. Once the frame was in place, it was time to continue working on the panels. After removing them from the glue up, I brought them to my miter saw and trimmed them to their final width.
6. I then sanded them from 80 grit to 220 grit and finished them off with Danish oil (I stained both sides of the bottom panel and left the top side of the top panel unfinished – I’ll be staining that once it’s installed).
7. Once the panels dried, I attached the top panel to the frames using brad nails.
8. To make the panel look like a built-in, I then filled the nail holes using DAP Plastic Wood X wood filler.
9. Next, I sanded the panel and the wood filler down and stained it. I also made sure to stain the brackets as well (a big part of me wish I did this before installing them, but lesson learned).
10. Next, I cut my 1×8 front panel to width and installed the cabinet door hinges on my bottom panel and cabinet door. I did this using a cabinet hinge jig and it made my life so easy.
11. Once the cabinet door was in place, I attached the door and the panel to the bottom of the shelf brackets.
12. At this point, the door wasn’t cut to final size just yet, so I made my marks, cut the door panel to size, sanded and stained, and then installed it back on the desk.
After that, it was time to move on in!
I am not only so excited that the boring nook now has a purpose, but also so stoked to have another place to work when I’m done in my workshop!
Can we talk about this hidden storage!?
I seriously could not be happier with this little office space! As if I wasn’t a workaholic before…
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Can’t wait to keep brainstorming some new projects in my little nook. Until then, friends… happy DIY’ing!
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