Introduction: DIY Fold Down Wall Desk
Circular Saw/Table Saw
Drill & Driver
Doweling Jig (Optional)
Pocket Hole Jig
Brad or Pin Nailer
Sander & Sandpaper
Iron (For Edgebanding)
(2) 1 x 6 x 8′ Boards
(1) 1 x 2 x 6′ Board
(1) ¾″ X 3′ Square Dowel
(1) 4 x 4′ Sheet ¾” Birch Plywood
¼” Dowels (Optional)
Wood Screws & 1 ¼” Pocket Hole Screws
Birch Edge Banding
(3) Full Overlay Hinges
(1) Pair Gas Struts
Please check out my printable PDF plans for the exact dimensions I used for my build!
Step 1: Create the Desk Frame
Create your desk frame by attaching your 1 x 6 side pieces to the top and bottom desk pieces. I used dowel joinery, but feel free to use whatever joinery works for you!
Step 2: Add Divider & Shelf
Once the frame has been made, add your divider and shelf pieces using pocket holes and/or nails and glue.
Step 3: Make Pegboard Frame
Build the frame for the pegboard using 1 x 2 boards. Make sure to build it back far enough to fit your hinges. At this point it's also safe to sand & paint your frame!
Step 4: Add Back Supports
Add supports to the back of cabinet using back shelf panel and support panel with pocket holes. This is how you will attach the desk to the wall by drilling screws through these pieces into studs later. Make sure to pre-paint them before attaching (I used chalkboard paint)!
Step 5: Prep & Fit Front Panel
Cut and attach front panel and add edge banding to the plywood edges.
Step 6: Create Artwork
At this point you can customize this panel with any artwork you’d like! I created mine using painter’s tape and different shades of latex paint (you can check out this process in my YouTube video)!
Step 7: Attach Front Panel
Attach front panel to desk with hinges & add pistons. You can also add the decorative 3/4″ square dowels to the bottom shelf. Make sure they are far back enough for hinges and pistons to fit.
Step 8: Hang Desk
Hang the desk on the wall before attaching the pegboard. It’s super important you install the desk into as many studs as possible.
Step 9: Attach Pegboard
Cut and attach pegboard to desk.
Step 10: Get to Work!
That's it! I chose to hang my desk at arm chair level to pair it with a cute, modern accent chair that I could pull over from the other side of the room!
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