Friday, November 7, 2014

Craft Closet: Built-In Desk

It's been a while since we have made any improvements inside our home. Ever since we gave our home office a makeover, I have been wanting to also create a craft closet in that room. Lucky for me, I have a handy husband who was more than willing to build me said craft closet as a Christmas gift!

I've been scanning Pinterest and he's been "researching" the best way to put everything all together.

I feel like I should preface this by saying that I know nothing about building cool things, such as desks. I'm a crafter through and through, but don't ask me to use a saw, or a kreg jig... that's Adam's job. So, while I was doing homework all weekend, Adam was busy making me a built-in desk for a craft closet. Here's what he did:

First, he measured the closet to ensure a perfect fit. I didn't want anything slipping through gaps between the closet walls and the desk, so he cut everything to fit exactly. The closet measured 60 inches wide, 26 inches deep, and 50 inches tall (from the floor to the top opening of the closet). 

He purchased white Melamine wood (that I requested) and used a 60 tooth blade to cut the wood smoothly. The desk ended up being 20 inches tall and 23.75 inches deep. He allowed 24 inches in the middle for me to put a chair, and then placed shelves on both sides of the desk, about 16.5 inches wide. I haven't quite decided how many shelves on want on each side, it will all depend on the baskets I find to put on the shelves. Currently, the shelf is smack dab in the middle, about 15 inches off the ground. 

Once all the wood was cut, he used a kreg jig to make pocket holes to hide all of the screws. 
To put it all together, he anchored the exterior panels to the wall and into a stud. He then placed the shelf and the inside shelf walls. The last step was to add the top part of the desk.

And as simple as that, my craft closet has a work space! Easy for me to say, since I didn't do any of the work.

I love the way it's coming along so far. Now I just need to decide what to do with the rest of it. A peg board, a bulletin board, shelves? The possibilities are endless!

I guess you'll just have to check back soon to see what I decide! Any suggestions?

Happy Friday!


  1. Such a great idea for a space for a craft desk! Love it!!

  2. This is such a clever idea, it would be great for crafts. Thanks for participating in Merry Mondays Linky Party!!

  3. That looks like it will be a great place to work on stuff. I can't wait to see it all come together.

  4. It looks amazing girl! I love the idea of having the desk in the closet like this. And I am right there with you when it comes to power tools or anything related to that. I love crafting but I can barely wield a drill safely to just hang a picture.

  5. Love the built in desk! What a great idea! Can't wait to see what you do with it. I think some pegboard and/or bulletin board would be awesome!

  6. Thanks so much for sharing at the Twirl & Take a Bow Party. I love the idea of a craft closet! Can't wait to see the finished project.
    Have a great week,
    House on the Way

  7. Great idea! Thanks for sharing with us at Your Designs This Time!

    Emily & Erin