You can make an inexpensive desk and shelving unit in just one day.
This set of wooden shelves, which incorporates a desk, was created for Sweet Guy’s room this past Saturday.
It is said that “necessity is the mother of all invention”. This is absolutely true in this case. I had grown weary of finding textbooks and other schoolwork paraphernalia strewn across various rooms in our house. To be fair Sweet Guy did not have a designated area for his studies but that was about to change.
After looking at Pinterest for inspiration, with a bit of input from the student, it was decided that a combination of black metal shelving tracks and brackets would hold simple wooden shelves. This look is decidedly rustic and somewhat industrial, which is perfect for a boy’s room.
Supply list for look as shown:
Two 1” x 12” x 8’ wood panels (for top shelves)
** long shelf measures 64” L after cut, medium shelf measures 42 1/2” L after cut, two short shelves measure 31 1/2” L after cut **
Nine 11.75” steel shelf brackets (to hold top shelves)
Three 70” steel wall mounted shelving bars, double track
One 1” x 16” x 8’ wood panel (for desk and printer shelf)
** desk measures 64” L after cut, printer shelf measures 30” L after cut **
Five 14.86” steel shelf brackets (to hold desk and printer shelf)
Screws for installation
Power drill, circular saw, level, stud finder, router and hand sander.
You can also have your home improvement store cut your shelving/desk pieces to size to eliminate the need for some of the tools used.
Decide where you would like your wall mounted tracks.
It is best if the wall mounted tracks are screwed into wall studs for maximum support of the shelves and their contents. A stud finder can give you an accurate location.
After determining where the metal tracking is to be installed simply use a drill to insert a screw into the wall to secure the tracking. We applied the screws at the top, then bottom, then center.
Repeat the process for each tracking used. It is recommended you use a level to insure a straight placement.
The brackets, which hold the shelves, simply slide into the tracking.
I am pretty proud to say that I myself cut each of the wood panels down to the size needed. This was my first time using a circular saw. I made sure to measure twice before each cut to insure no mistakes were made.
You can simply use the shelves after cutting them to size. We opted to round the edges making them a bit safer.
This is done by running the edge of the wood along a router. Different router bits create various edge finishes.
To smooth the wood finish and insure there are no splinters a quick pass of the hand sander was applied.
You can also use sandpaper alone.
Then comes the best part ~ styling the shelves!
As always I look for meaningful objects within our own home to display first. Then I fill in with treasures found at estate sales, thrift and discount stores.
Third Shelf: vintage globe, vintage collection of “The Junior Classics” that belonged to my mother, Karen, and a vintage metal clown bank that belonged to Mr. Decor’s mother. (The two pieces are shown unscrewed.)
Fourth Shelf: vintage globe, various vintage children’s hardbacks topped with vintage “Tootsie Toy” metal mini cars.
The total for this project was $132.64. Far less than similar units we had priced.
Sweet Guy loves his new desk and shelving and I love not having schoolbooks strewn all over the house.
What have you created lately?
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