Not every room has space for a full-size desk, but as computers and tablets shrink in size, there's no need for big and clunky furniture. Give yourself a bit of workspace without taking up too much room with our compact floating shelf desk. This DIY project is sleek and functional with a smooth top and a compartment for your laptop. Make one this weekend, and then use it to plan out how you will tackle future DIY projects!
Note: Our desk measures 44 inches long, 12 inches deep, and 5 inches tall. The design features a center divider that adds stability and forms two compartments. Shelf brackets (Style Selections, 11.69×8 inches, $7; lowes.com) support the unit.
Hang your desk at a comfortable hight—27 to 46 inches from the floor is best, depending on the height of your stool.
Cut MDF to desired sizes. For a snug fit, make recessed rabbet cuts along the edges of the pieces as noted. Cut a channel for the divider in the center of top and bottom pieces.
Join sides and center divider to base using glue and nails. Install back wall, followed by the top.
Optional: Cut a small hole in the desk bottom for cords and electronic wires to fit through.
Sand, prime, and paint. Install brackets into wall studs. Place desktop on brackets, and screw into place.