Last year we created a two-person desk in our home office. Any desks we could find were only for one person and expensive, and we like doing things together. We managed to build a sturdy desk right into the wall of our basement’s office and the materials cost us under $100. I had put up a video preview of it that received over eight thousand views before I had to re-create my channel. Here’s the video (re-uploaded):
So I am finally getting around to showing how we did this! If you don’t have both people to work on this desk, I HIGHLY suggest getting quite a few good clamps to keep everything in place while you’re working the drill. Note: This was done before I had a decent camera, so the pictures are slightly grainy cell phone pictures.
We put 2x4s all the way across the 10 ft wall at 29 1/2 inches up from the floor. (standard desk height, so that chairs will fit properly.) Then we placed 2x2s a foot below them. We put 2x2s on the side walls and again at every foot mark down the desk. This was the frame in the video and it’s extremely sturdy. Mr. Determined occasionally has to put some of his weight on the desk to open a panel in the ceiling above it and it holds him.
On the front of those we attached 2x2s to create the top rectangle “frame”. Then we added support 2x2s at a 45 degree angle. These 2x2s were cut so that they only came halfway down the frame so we had plenty of leg room without bumping into them. We anchored these into the bottom section of the frame and the wall with 3 inch screws. The top section of these diagnal pieces are anchored into the frame with 2 inch screws.
We got a large sheet of plywood and cut it to fit the desk space. We sanded it, stained it, and put 3 coats of poly on it to seal it. (See the trip into the garage in the video). At the same time we cut enough quarter round trim to make a border around the back and sides of the desk (optional). We picked up a piece of decorative leaf trim for the front. These were stained and sealed at the same time to keep the color matched. Note: The leaf trim was a much lighter wood than the plywood and as such, it soaked up the stain much heavier than the plywood. We reduced the time before wiping off the stain to make sure we had a great match.
We used wood glue to attach the plywood to the frame, the quarter round on top of it, and the leaf trim to the front. A big stash of my old dungeons and dragons books served as great weights across the top of the desk to press it down and make sure the wood glue held. We also used very small nails and a tack hammer to reinforce the trim on the front. It hides the frame and makes the desk look fancy.
Making It A Computer-Friendly Desk
we put 2 inch holes near each of our stations with a grommet in it for the wires. That allows us to have both computers under the desk and four monitors on the top without a lot of loose wires. The shape of the frame also gives a lot of places to affix wrapped wires to in order to keep them off of the floor.
This same method would be great for making a long desk for multiple kids to work at together or shorter for a single child to have their own beautiful (and sturdy) built in desk. I’d love to know what you think!