After getting some inspiration from this desk online, I decided to try to replicate the process myself. The original desk at that site uses a 1 foot deep model, which I find to be far too narrow for the kind of work that I do (writing, graphic design, some occasional audio work, etc.), so I went with a desk that is 16" deep. This allows me sufficient room have my computer monitor, keyboard, and plenty of space to rest my wrists. The desk itself is 4 feet wide, which gives me a significant amount more space for extra things that I could never have while working before (see photo of my old desk, if you dare), such as a graphics pad, books, beverages, and other ordinary items that a desk should logically be able to have on it.
Suffice to say I was about fed up. I also live in a relatively small cabin in Fairbanks, AK, so utilizing my minimal amount of space as best as I can was a must. Thus, the floating option. In my opinion, the wall mounted desk makes this room appear more open despite the fact that this new desk is significantly larger than the old one. I also have a lot of random stuff that I use with my computer that was sort of piled up around the old desk and on top of my computer tower, so the fact that this desk has a sizable amount of storage space is a plus as well.
TL;DR: I needed a new desk because my old one was tiny. Also a self-deprecating detour to discuss my slobish habits of leaving things on the floor.
Moving on to more important things: The construction itself is incredibly basic. You need the following components.
- (2) 4' long x 16" piece of wood (I used oak) - thickness can vary. You could also rip down a piece of plywood to keep this on the cheap.
- (2) 16" lengths of 2x6 for side pieces.
- (2 or 3) L-brackets, 10" variety.
- Stain (I used it to get a consistent coloring between the 2x6 and the desktop wood)
- Drill with a couple of drill bits
- (4) 1/4" screws
- (12) 2" screws
- Stud-finder (applicable for some, but as you can tell my whole wall is a stud)