DIY a Double-Duty Bookcase Desk

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

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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.

MATERIALS:

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

DIRECTIONS:

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!

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