Both of my boys have always been artistic. Christmas ‘21 my oldest got an art easel with real paints that he absolutely has loved. Flash forward to Christmas ‘22 and the only thing my youngest son could talk about was getting his own “art weasel” aka: an art easel. I thought maybe it was just something he wanted because his brother had one but I can honestly say that it has been his most used gift of all time. Needless to say, I deemed it necessary to give my boys space in their new room where they could do art projects, lego builds, and all things creative whenever their little hearts desired. Cue the DIY Floating desks I was able to build day. I’ve been working on their room for a few months and I am so happy to FINALLY be to this point.
I went back and forth on placement of the desks for about two weeks before I finally resorted back to my original plan and trusted myself and my initial vision. So lets dive on in to the DIY Floating Desks, shall we?
I originally wanted to use white oak, BUT couldn’t find what I needed and decided to use butcher block instead which I am elated about because it turned out to be what I’ll deem the better decision. I got one big piece that was 98”x25”x2”, so it gave me enough to build two desks out of the one piece.
Brackets (these are the ones I used and they came with the hardware to install)
Stain (if you are changing color)
First I measured how big I wanted each desk to be. I wanted them to come slightly into the window for the sake of the natural light as well as allowing the desks to be longer as opposed to stopping before the window (this was a huge dilemma in my brain).
Each desk is 47” long and 18” deep. I cut them down to size with my circular saw. I clamped them on to my work bench because they were so long, I didnt want them to slam down once they were cut and the clamps prevented that from happening.
After making sure it was nice and level, I drilled and screwed in the other 4 screws and ta-da! Brackets were hung.
I am so happy with how these DIY floating desks turned out and I cannot wait to see my boys utilizing them. Creating a space for them that I know they will love and use is my love language.
What questions do you have about this build? Drop them in the comments below. And if you haven’t seen the other projects in the room, you’ll want to check them out. And STAY TUNED as I get the chairs built and the art around the desks done. It’s going to be magical. Here is what I did to my daughters room. Can’t wait for the boys to be DONE too!