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How to build a corner desk unit

Updated on December 3, 2010

How to build a corner desk unit

Building a corner desk unit is the perfect way to add a creative and personal touch to your office. I will outline some steps that will help you to create a usable corner desk unit. So read the instructions first to figure out what materials you will need and then print these instructions out and have fun!

First you will need to decide on the overall dimensions and shape of your corner desk unit. Personally I figure out where there are outlets in the room and try to plan the desk around that. This will allow you to hide cables and keep things neat and tidy. Also plan out what will be on the desk and where, nowadays you have either dual or wide screen monitors, a lamp, wireless keyboard and mouse, iphone charger, all in one printer, books, the list is plenty but the rook is not planning out what you will use the desk for will save you some head aches once it’s done.

Quick building tip: draw out the floor plan first.

What you will need:

Some wood working plans for the desk

1 1/4" Screws

Wood Glue

Wood Filler


3" screws for attaching the back legs




Screw gun with countersink bit


Measuring Tape

Now since this will be a completely custom desk only you will know the dimensions of all the wood you will require. Keep in mind you will need a top and legs at the east, you can add shelves or cabinets as needed.

Some Nice workstations

Corner Computer Desk

Now since this will be a completely custom desk only you will know the dimensions of all the wood you will require. Keep in mind you will need a top and legs at the east, you can add shelves or cabinets as needed.

Make sure you work on a clean and level surface. Make sure you have safety glasses and be careful when cutting your wood Measure twice and cut once, review your plan before any cuts are made. To save time when you are ready pre-drill and countersink your screws.  And once you have fastened each board check the trueness (square) Make sure to fill any holes with wood filler and sand and finish as desired.

Some space saving design tips:

Mount a 12-outlet power strip under the desk, something that could be done with above corner desk unit. The result gets the cords off the floor and free from random kicking while keeping the plugs in reach

For you audiophiles keep your headphones out of the way by screwing a coat hook to the underside of the desk. Be sure to keep them out of the way of your knee area. So maybe add an inch or two to the top of your desk off to the side and screw it in there.


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      8 years ago

      Wow, these are some great ideas! I really need to do some rearranging and make more room to work.


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