How to Build an Easy DIY Desk for Kids

You can build this simple, wall-mounted DIY desk for kids in less than an hour!

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Time

A few hours

Complexity

Beginner

Cost

$20-50

Introduction

To get started with this DIY kids desk, all you need is an empty wall. Follow these simple steps to build a wall-mounted desk in your child's room, the home office or even an empty corner in the living room. It's so easy, you'll have it done before you can say "time to do your homework!" The end result is a clean, modern work space your child will love.

Tools Required

  • Carpenter’s pencil
  • Clean cloths
  • Electric sander
  • Level
  • Paint brush
  • Power drill
  • Protective gloves
  • Stud finder
  • Tape measure

Materials Required

  • 180-grit sandpaper
  • 19-1/2-in. metal shelf brackets (2)
  • 2 ft. x 3 ft. x 3/4-in precut board (1)
  • 2-in. wood screws (6)
  • 5/8-in. wood screws (6)
  • 80-grit sandpaper
  • Wood conditioner
  • Wood stain

Setting up a place to study is one of the biggest parts of preparing for back to school. A designated homework spot will help you corral school supplies and keep school technology clean and charged.

Note: All do-it-yourself activities involve a degree of risk. Skills, materials, tools, and site conditions vary widely. Although we have made reasonable efforts to ensure accuracy, the reader remains responsible for the selection and use of tools, materials, and methods. Always obey local codes and laws, follow manufacturers’ operating instructions, and observe safety precautions.

Project step-by-step (8)

Step 1

Locate the Studs

  • Use stud finder to locate the two wall studs where the desk brackets will be attached;
  • Mark the stud locations with a pencil.
Erica Young

Step 2

Mark the Desk Height

  • Measure the height of the desk at the two marked stud locations and mark with a pencil;
    • Pro tip: For a young child, the desk height should be between 22 and 26 inches.
      • Two school-age children will be using this particular desk, and we wanted room for them to grow, so we set it at 30 inches high.
  • Aim for about eight to 12 inches between the seat of their chair and the bottom of the desktop.
Erica Young