DIY a Double-Duty Bookcase Desk

With a small budget and a bit of patience, you can create this easy, double-duty bookshelf desk.


Whether you want to add a fun workspace to your child’s room or your home office, this simple bookcase hack will give you a Pinterest-worthy double-duty desk.


Bookcase (old or new)
Table top
Table Legs
Paint or wallpaper for shelf
Paint for table legs


1. Customize Your Bookcase. Line the interior with paint or wallpaper that will remain in favour for more than one semester. Cheat: This Billy Bjasta bookcase from Ikea already has a pretty postmodern pattern. It’s limited-edition, but you may be able to find one on eBay or through another online seller.

2. Add a Desktop. Measure the interior of the bookcase, subtracting 1/2″ allowance on the back and sides. Cut an appropriately sized surface. Cheat: Trim a small kitchen table to size or purchase a trimmed-to-size piece of wood at Home Depot.

3. Fasten the Legs. Paint table legs found at a hardware store or IKEA. Secure by gluing first and then mounting an L-bracket on the interior of each leg and desktop corner. Drill screw holes through the sides and back of the bookshelf to assemble the unit. Cheat: Find cute vintage—already painted—table legs at a thrift shop.

4. Make it Safe. Secure the bookcase to the wall with an anti-tip bracket.


One response to “DIY a Double-Duty Bookcase Desk”

  1. I’ve been wanting to get one of my bookshelves wallpapered like this. Where did you get your wall paper? I love it!