Editor’s note: What do you think of when you think of the new year? We speak for lots of you when we say: organization. That’s why we enlisted color + whimsy expert Rachel Smith of The Crafted Life to give us a little 2019 office inspiration. Get the scoop below!
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My boyfriend and I recently moved into a one bedroom apartment in Brooklyn and needed a solution to the problem of having two computers but no designated office space. We wanted desks to accommodate both of our work areas, but not overpower the size of our living room (it’s an open floor plan that leads into the kitchen). Essentially we wanted it to be functional and offer some storage for our small apartment, without looking clunky or disorganized since any guest that come over will see it. The solution: a mounted wall desk! Not only was this the best option for being both practical and cute, but it was also the most affordable (under $400) out of all the options researched. And a little bonus: you can make it in an afternoon! Here’s how:
- Drill + 5/16 drill bit
Tape measurer + level
6 Twin tracks (70” long)
Spray paint (optional)
Shelves in 12” x 24” + 12” x 48”
11.5” shelf brackets (varies on how many shelves you want; get 2 per shelf)
18.5″ shelf brackets (5 for the base)
93” x 24” x ¾” sheet of plywood*
Stain + brush / rag
*Original piece of plywood was 96” long but we had them cut it to size at Home Depot.
- 1. Start by sanding your piece of plywood. You’ll want to get it as smooth as possible. I made the mistake of not sanding enough previously and found that cleaning the surface was difficult, so don’t skip this step!
2. Once sanded, stain the wood. It helps to get a stain with polyurethane so that it’s sealed and you only have to do one coat.
3. In a well ventilated area, spray paint your brackets. I chose a variety of colors to incorporate a rainbow theme, but you’re welcome to use any palette that fits your space.
4. While everything is drying, mount your tracks on to the wall. Each track should be 21” from the floor and have 22” between them. Take your time to ensure everything is level; it helps to have a second person with you for this step. This is by far the most
tedious part of the desk because of the tracks are off, your shelves will be too. Don’t rush!
5. All that’s left to do is add your shelves! For the desk, I have mine in the 4th notch up from the bottom, but it’s a preference for what you like and for your chair. Move it around until you get your perfect setting! Place the remainder of the brackets on
the tracks, lay your shelf on top and style. While the desk is sturdy enough to hold a computer and more, it’s best not to overload the shelves with a ton of books or with super heavy items to be safe.