Hideaway Homework Desks

Hideaway Homework Desks

These hideaway desks provide functional storage that can be stowed away for more space!


5 col

Difficulty
Intermediate

Materials
(4) Pieces of pre-cut wood (for the box measured at 1” x 8” x 24” and 1” x 8” x 30”)
Wood glue
Spacers
Pre-cut wood (for center shelf measured at 1” x 8” x 28 ½”)
Pencil
18-gauge nail gun with 1½” nails
Peg board (for the back)
Safety glasses
White spray paint
Solid wood (for front cover that is 30” x 25½”)
Piano hinge
Measuring tape
(2) Wooden legs
(2) Strap hinges with screws
Phillips head screws
Drill with pre drill bit

Hanging Materials
18” French cleat hanging set
Small box ¾” wood screws
Small box 1½” drywall screws
Small box 1” self-tapping drywall anchors
Drill with a Phillips head bit
Pencil
Stud finder

Instructions

1. Assemble the wood box by applying wood glue to the edges of the 1” x 8” x 24” and 1” x 8” x 30” pieces. Use the nail gun to attach. Wipe off excess glue with a dry rag

2. Insert spacers at the bottom of the box interior. These will temporarily hold the middle shelf in place in the next step

3. Slide the shelf into the box directly on top of the spacers. Draw a line in pencil along the outside of the box that follows where the bottom of the shelf and top of the spacer intersect. This will serve as a guide for nailing the shelf into the box

4. Use the nail gun to nail along the penciled outline

5. Attach the pegboard to the back of the box along the wood shelf using the nail gun

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6. Next, put on the safety goggles and cover the box, legs, and wood for the table in spray paint. Set it aside to dry for 1 hour

7. Attach the solid 30” x 25½” precut wood for front cover to the shelving unit by screwing in piano hinges to the back, using the drill and Phillips head screws

8. Next, measure 1 inch down and 2 in in from the bottom front corners. This will be where the legs will go on the unit. There will only be 2 legs for this desk because it will be attached to the wall

9. Align the metal strap hinges to the legs and secure in place with Phillips Head screws. Be sure to place the metal strap hinges in a location where the legs will close flush when the desk is in “hideaway” position

HANGING THE DESKS

10. Center an 18” French cleat flush with the top of the back of the desk with the screw holes on top. Secure in place using a drill with a Phillips head bit and ¾” wood screws through each hole

11. Place a second 18” French cleat against the wall with the screw holes on the bottom and at the height you want the top of the desk to hang. Make sure there is enough space for the bottom of the desk for the legs to sit level on the floor. Check with a 12” level that the French cleat is straight. Mark through all the screw holes onto the wall with a pencil and set the French cleat to one side. Check with a stud finder to see if any of the pencil marks are over a wall stud. If so, mark an X through it to identify it. No wall anchor is needed where there is a wall stud

12. Self-tapping 1” drywall anchors will be used to help bare the weight of the desk. Using a drill with a Phillips head bit, drill 1” dry wall anchors through every other pencil mark, not all of them. This is because the holes are close together and the wall anchors through every hole would be too close and weaken the wall. Hold the French cleat back up to the wall and secure it in place using a drill with a Phillips head bit and 1½” drywall screws through every screw hole with an anchor behind it. For the screw hole over the wall stud, use a 1½” wood screw. Leave all remaining screw holes empty

13. Lift the desk up and slide it down onto the wall so the French cleats meet and lock, holding the bookcase in place

14. Repeat hanging steps 10-13 for the remaining 2 desks

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