Why make an instructable on this?
I got the idea after seeing Wall units by Elfa at The Container Store, but Elfa is very expensive and out of my budget.
Also, Ron Hazelton has a similar wall unit DIY project, but requires lots of work and custom jig making.
Hopefully this will help others in looking for desk alternatives to furniture.
Step 1: Get Your Materials
But a 4x8 sheet of melamine plywood and have it cut down as follows:
(1) 20" x 5' piece
(2) 12" x 5" pieces
1st 2 cuts free + 2 cuts x .50 = $1
Total Cost = $28.76
- Buy the double slot closet maid wall mounts 48" (part #107716). Closet maid makes 3 kinds: 1 for garage (dark gray), 1 for closets (white) and 1 economy style. I chose the economy style. It is just as solid as the others.
- Buy (3) 18.5" brackets (part #239969) for the desk and (6) 11" brackets (part #107941) for the shelves.
- Buy (5) pieces of 1x2x6 select pine
Total cost = $61.42
You may need to buy (4) wall toggle bolts for the middle wall mount.
This is the wall where the shelf will be installed.
Step 2: Set Up Miter Saw for 45 Degree Cuts
Step 3: Add Wood Support and Fence to Miter Table
This way, you won't have to change the saw angle each time. Set once at beginning and use for all your cuts. I had my 45 degree set up on the left side. Just make sure your pencil lines on the wood are correctly positioned.
Step 4: Measure and Make Cuts
Step 5: Glue and Nail Wood On
Note: I made sure to use a wet sponge to get all the glue off the melamine and wood edge before hardening. It would be tough to clean up later and you may damage the melamine.
Step 6: Finish Up by Planing, Sanding and Routing Edges
Step 7: Install Wall Mounts, Apply Finish
Space the shelves and desk for any equal overhang on each side. Drive screws to secure the brackets to bottoms of shelves and desktop.
I applied 3 coats of Minwax Polycrylic waterbased urethane finish to wood. If you want an amber finish, go with an oil based finish. I used water based to cut down on the smell as it was too cold in my garage to finish the wood out there. I had to do inside.
That's it. Good luck if you plan to make this. It worked out great and provides and nice solution that does not involve adding furniture to a small room. Reasonable in cost and not much equipment needed to make. The adjustment feature is great too.