Diy Kids Desk

I’ve had this idea on my mind since my family moved to Nashville 5 months ago. I started homeschooling this school year, and while it would be nice to have a “homeschool room” we don’t. So, instead of having the kids sit at the kitchen table, I thought it would be nice to make them each a desk that would fit nicely under their loft style beds.

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This small kids desk is easy to make and space saving too! The L shape makes it easy to tuck this desk into any corner of a room!

*If you are planning to try this project, checkout my tips at the end of this post for a few things I would’ve done differently (if I’d known beforehand).

To make this kids desk you’ll need:

  • 2 pieces of wood (2 x 12 x 24 inches)

  • 3 pieces of wood (2 x 2 x 24 inches)

  • 2 steel mending plates (12 inches)

  • 1 inch wood screws

  • 2 1/2 inch pocket hole screws

  • tools - screwdriver, pocket hole jig, sander

  • paint

  1. Connect the 2 pieces of 2 x 12 with the mending plates creating an L shape (90 degree angle). Be sure the edges line up well and use a clamp to secure the pieces together while pre-drilling holes for the 1 inch screws.

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2. Drill the pocket holes in each of the 2x2 pieces and attach to the bottom side of the L shaped desktop using pocket hole screws. I attached one leg at the center of each outside edge.

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That’s all there is to building this simple kids desk! The height of this desk is just under 26 inches (which is good for 8 to 12 year old’s). Now you can decide how to finish it. There are so many options, i.e. raw wood, stained wood, painted (with the hundreds of paint options out there). I decided to use spray paint. I guess you could say I took the easy way out!

I applied 2 coats of white primer before adding about 3 coats of a matte gray color by Rustoleum. It looks white, but it is a very light shade of gray. I then decided to add some details to cover up a few imperfections.

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I added a metal like stud trim, that I found at Hobby Lobby on clearance, to cover up the rough outer edges. I also stenciled a design along the seam where the two tabletop pieces connect (it’s hard to see in the picture) to camouflage the seam where the wood filler cracked. I also decided to add a gold detail to the bottom of each leg to tie it all together.

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* TIPS

I learned quite a few things (after-the-fact) that I would do differently If I made this desk again! Here are my tips:

  1. Opt for pocket holes instead of the mending plates for a tighter joint.

  2. If you want to have a smooth seamless top, try paintable/stainable caulk instead of wood filler, the mending plates make it so the joint shifts slightly. Caulk is generally a little flexible.

  3. If you decide to use spray paint, follow the directions exactly! Dry times are very important and it is best to use a few light coats rather than fewer heavy ones. I had some paint bubbling after applying a heavier second clear coat. It’s not too noticeable from afar after sanding it down, but I could’ve avoided it by being a little more patient!

  4. Another tip for painting raw wood is to cover the raw edges with wood filler for a smooth edge.

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Anyway, my girls love their new desks and that’s all that matters to me! Are you a homeschool parent, and if so do your kids have their own desk?

 

Save this project for later!

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