How to Make a Desk With Storage Cubbies
How to use stock materials and a cabinet to build a nifty workstation
If you lack a dedicated spot for paying bills and stashing loose stuff, a good desk is a must. And you can make one yourself with basic materials. To simplify construction, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva came up with a compact, drawer-free design. The desktop, made of plywood topped with acrylic sheeting, stands on turned legs. "Choose legs at least 29 inches tall for a comfortable working height," says Tom. To make the free-floating hutch, he simply used a small cabinet laid on its side and repurposed the door to create shelves. A cubby tucked under the desktop holds a basket for yet more storage. See how to make it yourself on the following pages. No guarantees, but it should make tackling paperwork more inviting.
Hutch: ClosetMaid 3-Shelf 12-inch Wood Laminate Storage cabinet.
Table legs: Waddell 29-inch-long by 2¼-inch-diameter country pine traditional wood table leg from HardwareAndTools.com.
Paint: Valspar's Cliveden Pasture.
Paint, lumber, and above-mentioned stock parts available at Lowes.