How to make a D.I.Y. timber floating wall desk

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How to make a D.I.Y. timber floating wall desk

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Project Overview

This floating, wall-mounted timber desk gives you work and storage space, without taking up any space on the floor. It’s easy to make and looks great with its minimalist styling and it’s easy to make. Continue to step-by-step instructions

Step by Step Instructions

1 Pre-cut the ply to size
2 Find and mark the studs
3 Attach the brackets
4 Putty over the brackets
5 Build the frame
6 Putty and sand
7 Paint and stain the desk
8 Attach the desk
9 Dress your desk
  • Step 1. Pre-cut the ply to size

    To make this project easier, you can have the ply panel pre-cut at your local Bunnings. For our cut list, we ripped the ply panel to get a 400mm width. Then this was cut in half into 2 x 1125mm x 400mm lengths for the top and bottom of the unit. We also had two lengths of 400mm cut from the 200mm x 2250mm offcut for the unit ends.
  • Step 2. Find and mark the studs

    Use the stud finder to find where the studs are on your wall which is where your unit will go. Measure and mark the height you want the floating desk to be along the stud. Use the level to draw a straight line across the wall to where the second bracket will be fixed
  • Step 3. Attach the brackets

    Use a pencil to trace around the brackets on the studs, making sure that they are level. Cut the plaster away with the utility knife where you’ve marked to expose the stud and then remove it. Attach the brackets to the studs with screws, once again making sure that they are level.
  • Step 4. Putty over the brackets

    To hide the brackets, fill over the entire bracket with a multi-purpose filler using a scraper. Strengthen it by placing fibreglass jointed tape over the top of the filler. Then apply more filler over the tape, let it dry and then sand it back.
     
     
  • Step 5. Build the frame

    Lay the bottom piece of 400mm x 1125mm on the workbench. Place a 200mm x 400mm at each end then attach with screws. Turn the frame over and slide the other 400mm x 1125mm between the ends and attach it with screws.
  • Step 6. Putty and sand

    For a great finish, use putty to fill in the screw holes and any gaps in the joins. Let the putty dry then sand it back.
  • Step 7. Paint and stain the desk

    It’s a good idea to paint the inside of the desk so that it stands out. Once the paint has dried, we applied a natural stain to the outside to protect the desk and bring out the texture of the timber. Let the stain dry.
  • Step 8. Attach the desk

    Now it’s time to attach the desk to the brackets. Lift the desk onto the brackets, making sure it’s centred and hard up against the wall. Use a 90-degree angled drill bit and 30mm chipboard screws to attach the desk to the brackets.
  • Step 9. Dress your desk

    Now that the floating desk is finished, it’s time to dress it up. Whether you use it as a personal workstation or as storage, it will look great in your home.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Countersink bit
  • Drill
  • Right-angled drill bit
  • Paint scraper
  • Spirit level
  • Stud finder
  • Tape measure
  • Utility knife

Materials

  • 2250mm x 600mm x 30mm plywood panel
  • 380mm x 40mm x 6mm brackets x2
  • 30mm chipboard screws
  • 65mm screws
  • Fibreglass jointed tape
  • Multi-purpose filler
  • Natural stain
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint
  • Wood stain
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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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