Another problematic area was the nook on the way to the bathroom, a postage-stamp space (less than 28 square feet) complicated by offset doorways on opposing sides. My solution was to tuck a floor-to-ceiling desk unit into the uninterrupted area. First, I anchored six 8-foot vertical 1-inch-by-2-inch studs, which I covered with brown pegboard finished with water-based polyurethane, for a burnished-leather look. The desktop and six shelves cut to order from a 8-foot-by-4-foot piece of 3/4-inch furniture-grade birch plywood, are suspended on metal brackets attached to the underlying studs. By floating the structure off the walls, I rested its weight on the floor rather than risking damage to the old plaster.