Make your own Built-in Floating Desk | Space Saving Solution

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Inside: Build a space saving floating desk that mounts to the wall! Perfect as a computer desk and to fit in a small nook or closet. 

This nook in our upstairs hallway always felt like wasted space. Until one day, I realized it could be turned into the perfect little office area! The challenge, however, was the space wasn’t a normal dimension and I couldn’t fit a regular sized desk in there. Enter the Built-in Floating Desk. It was the perfect space saving solution.

Note: Since this build, I have migrated my office to the main floor sunroom because my business expanded and my office space needed to as well! We now have plans to move me into an even bigger space in the new basement renovated area. 

Nevertheless, this floating desk was genius and really helped out in this space while we used it.

This build is really simple and it can be adapted to almost any size space. I know a lot of people build desks like this right into small closets to save on floor space if they have a room that doubles as an office and guest room. 

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Make your own Built-in Floating Desk | Space Saving Solution

Build a space saving floating desk that mounts to the wall! Perfect as a computer desk and to fit in a small nook or closet.


  • 1x2 wood to act as braces
  • 1/2" plywood cut to fit your space
  • 1/2" plywood cut to face your desk (optional)
  • No More Nails
  • Wall screws to mount braces
  • Wood stain in colour of choice
  • Finishing nails
  • Drill with bits


  1. Measure your space and build your braces. Use a level and a stud finder to make sure you screw the braces in straight, even and into wall studs. These will support the weight of your desk.Measuring for a built in floating desk
  2. Cut and sand down your plywood top to fit. You can usually have this done for you at the big box hardware store. Make sure it fits snugly and hits your braces on all sides (left and right and in the back if you have a back brace too - we didn't have that, we just had one on each side). Attach built in floating desk
  3. Before nailing in your top, you'l want to support it along the front with a secondary brace. This will give it more stability and also give you a way to face the desk with a waterfall piece to hide the screws and braces. (The pics will make more sense). No more nails on built in desk Do this with No More Nails.
  4. Attach your desk top with brad nails to the braces.
  5. If you want to stain it, you can do that now and seal it with poly-urethane if desired. Add front to floating desk
  6. To add the front apron piece, simply measure and use No More Nails and/or screws to attach it to the brace pieces. This will be a false front to your floating desk that will make it appear like a chunkier piece of wood. It's not necessary and is purely for the look. Small hallway office built in desk
I originally left mine natural wood for a while and then decided to stain it later on. The nice thing is that if you only secure it with brad nails, you can easily pop the top off to paint it or stain it later. DIY Office nook built inYou can’t do this if you put it together with No More Nails – so that’s just something to keep in mind. Turn nook into office floating desk

I decked out this corner with additional wall shelves for storage, some cute cafe drapes and a cane-back chair (which has since gone to the donation bin in the sky, but it was great while we had it!) 

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