My Favorite Way to Create a Desk

Are you in need of a desk, a writing table or just a surface to place your computer on?  I have some great ideas for creating the perfect work surface.

Back in the 80’s, I came up with a built-in book shelf design using pre-made lower kitchen cabinets for storage and lots of book shelves that extended to the ceiling.  I topped the cabinets with wood and extended that wood to bridge two lower cabinets and created a built- in desk.   Here is an old photo of that project.

Decades later, I did something similar using two dressers that I connected with a piece of glass.  This made a great writing table.  Strips of wood were screwed to the sides of the dressers and the glass table top was slid in.  I loved the clean, light look and glass is so easy to take care of.  

In my San Diego home office, I have done the same thing only this time I used a narrower piece of glass and I fit it between a niche opening.  This niche was likely meant to slide in a book shelf or armoire, but it turned out to be the perfect space for me to insert a glass shelf to set my computer on.  I avoided having to see the unsightly cords because the back of the monitor is against the wall.  For this project I bought brackets from IKEA and screwed them into the back, side and center back wall.  The glass simply sits on top of the brackets.  The glass I ordered is 1/2″ thick and 55″ x 19″.  The custom cut glass was $85.00.  Be sure to ask the glass cutter to polish the outside edge.

I ‘m sure you can get creative using this idea.  If you have a vintage door or an old iron fence or headboard, you can use that as a writing surface.  Just have a piece of glass cut to  to lay on top of it.  One suggestion is removing sliding doors from a closet and creating a desk inside.   You could even keep the doors on and simply close them if you wanted to conceal  your work area.  Take a look at these images from Pinterest and feel inspired.

https://www.google.com/search?q=desk+inside+closet&tbm=isch&source=univ&client=firefox-b-1-d&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjOks2_mr3hAhXJw1QKHY-dBa8QsAR6BAgHEAE&biw=2560&bih=1241

Your office or work space can be beautiful and functional.  Make it inviting so you enjoy sitting down to work.  Of course I would love to read about your ideas so drop me a line!