Our kiddos begged and pleaded for a computer on Christmas. Santa is such a sucker sometimes. After the excitement of the new computer calmed down a little, I had to figure out where to put said computer. I wanted it out in the open (so I could monitor) but not take up too much space and not be a magnet for clutter. If you’re trying to solve the small-space, clean, accessible option for your home computer hopefully this post will help you build your own computer desk too.
I recently a finished a desk for the boys’ bedroom and wanted to spin off a little from that design. I still needed a solid wood top, but this time around I didn’t want drawers so the kids couldn’t leave junk or clutter. Also a desk big enough for two kids to sit side by side but small enough in depth and length to tuck in against the stairwell in the kitchen.
The tabletop (plan coming soon) was made out of 2″ poplar wood during my beloved woodworking class and then supported with these hairpin legs from Amazon, but from the scratch and dent section so they were only $42, yet still shipped prime. Genius. The whole project took about three hours and now I have a solid wood desk in just the right size for exactly $60. It tucks right in, kinda matches (nothing’s really walnut) and it’s super sturdy so kids can’t kill it if they try… it’s like Christmas all over again!
Raw poplar wood, where it all began:
Making the tabletop:
Poplar is stained dark walnut to tie in a little with it’s big brother table in the same room:
Attaching the hairpin legs just took a few minutes. The screws didn’t come with the legs so I scavenged from my tool box.
Look for the plans that are coming soon so you build your own computer desk!