Floating desks are a great way to add extra workspace to your home office. They also help prevent clutter by eliminating the need for bookshelves or other surfaces that could hold stacks of paperwork, file folders, and more.
A floating desk is not difficult to build, but you will want to make sure you have all of the right materials and tools before beginning construction. Read on Focal Upright’s guide below for more information about how to build a floating desk!
What is a floating desk?
A floating desk is a table attached to the wall, typically by brackets. This allows someone working at the desk maximum workspace without taking up too much floor space or cluttering their home office with bookcases that could hold stacks of paperwork and more.
Floating desks offer extra work surfaces in any room while still leaving ample floor space for other uses (like playing). They also help prevent clutter because they eliminate the need for bookshelves or other surfaces that would otherwise hold stacks of papers, file folders, and more.
How To Build a Floating Desk?
Materials and Tools you will need:
You’ll want to gather these materials before getting started: Materials include two pieces of wood measuring about four feet long each, one piece of wood measuring about two feet long, a drill with bits that fit your screws and anchors, some silicone or other sealant, a level (or tile), brackets to support the desk surface.
Building the frame
Start by cutting four pieces of board in lengths equal to the width you wish for the top of the floating desk. You’ll want this area sturdy so make sure they are all at least as wide as whatever boards you will be used as table surfaces. Next cut two more pieces to measure three inches shorter than those first four.
These will make up both sides of each end bracket and can help provide extra stability when anchoring it into place along a wall. Drill holes through these narrower strips then attach them to the top boards, one on each end.
Attaching the frame to the wall
You’ll want to make sure you mount your floating desk securely so it doesn’t wobble when typing or using a mouse. You can use brackets that screw into the wall and then through both pieces of wood for extra stability
After drilling holes in two strips of the board about three inches shorter than those first four (to create both ends of each bracket), attach them at either side of every piece on the frame – this will provide extra stability when anchoring it into place along a wall.
Take care not to drill too near any edges where screws may be visible as they could potentially scratch tables surfaces during usage later on if they are not covered over.
Attaching the desk surfaces (Front, Sides, Top, Bottom)
You’ll want to attach your desk surfaces first as they will be easier to drill through when attaching the frame
To attach a table surface securely in place you can use silicone or other sealants along with screws and anchors on one side of each board.
Be sure not to apply too much adhesive so that it might seep out from the edges where screws are placed leaving an uneven finish – instead, just let any excess dry before securing pieces together tightly once more.
After applying glue liberally onto one edge of boards then screwing them into place firmly, wipe away any remaining residue by using a cloth that is dampened in a little water.
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Tips for building a floating desk
-Cutting boards to size and then drilling through them can be easier with the help of an extra pair of hands, so find someone willing to hold things steady while you measure out each board and drill holes into it beforehand.
If there is no one around but you need assistance anyway, use masking tape as temporary markers until having the person’s aid available again (and just make sure not to let excess glue seep from edges where screws are placed).
-Before attaching any table surface surfaces onto brackets that have been drilled into place along the wall, cover all exposed metal bits on either side – this will avoid scratching or otherwise damaging office furniture during later usage.
-When attaching brackets to the wall, use silicone or other sealants for added stability. However, never apply too much adhesive as this might seep from edges where screws are placed – just let any excess dry before securing pieces together tightly once more and wiping away remaining residue with a damp cloth afterward.
FAQs about Floating Desk
What type of paint should I use?
You can stain, paint or leave as is. The most important thing here is finding out what finish you prefer because it’s going to determine whether you need primer/paint sealant on your frame pieces before putting everything back together again.
How do I anchor my furniture into the wall?
There are many different ways to secure your furniture in a place that depends on how much weight it will be holding down once assembled (i.e., bookshelves vs mattresses). The best option for your floating desk is to use wall anchors or toggle bolts.
Do I need a wood filler? If you have any gaps in the frame, joints where boards meet together that aren’t flush, holes from screws or nails then an epoxy paint such as Liquid Nails would be great!
Can I store items below my floating desk?
Yes – many people like to place bookshelves beneath their desks! You could also add drawers if you would prefer not to have things completely out in the open (or alternatively install shelving along walls).
Can I make my own hardwood frame for my new desk surface?
Absolutely! If you’re handy at all-around a workshop and have the tools to do so, you could even drill holes in it yourself for added stability.
Building a floating desk is not as challenging as it might seem at first glance – just make sure that any exposed metal bits on either side of brackets are covered up before attaching them into place along walls
And be sure always to store items below your new surface if desired (or alternatively install shelving). If you’re handy around a workshop and have the tools available this can help too!
Just take care never to apply too much adhesive when attaching table surfaces onto their brackets or else they’ll end up coming apart later on due to uneven pressure applied from screws placed tighter than necessary. And finally, don’t fret over building a floating desk – it’s not as challenging as you might first think!