Built-in Desk Ideas

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Built-in desks combine form and function seamlessly, providing useful workspaces while also keeping your space clear of external clutter. They also have a more classic, tailored look to them than freestanding desks often have. And, if you want a desk that you can tuck away during non-work hours, a bit of planning can allow you to do that as well. 

This is one of those projects that can be a quick, simple retrofit of an existing space or a complete installation and upgrade. No matter what your needs and budget are, there’s likely a built-in desk idea that will work perfectly for you. 

Types Of Built-In Office Desks for Your Home Office  

From compact, streamlined workspaces tucked into closets to large library walls and everything in between, there are many types of built-in desks for home offices. 

The Closet Built-In Desk 

If you have a closet in a spare room that isn’t being used, that’s a great place to create a built-in office. Affectionately referred to as a “cloffice,” this space-saving work area can be a very budget-friendly option since you can make a built-in desk in a closet using nothing more than mounting brackets, lumber, and maybe a shelf or two. Add task lighting, and you have a compact workspace that you can easily hide away at the end of the workday just by closing the closet door. 

Built-In Kitchen Desk 

The kitchen is often the hub of the home. It makes a lot of sense to have a built-in desk there, especially if you need to be available to keep an eye on kids or just enjoy working there.  

The simplest way to make a kitchen office is to claim a section of the counter space, buy a chair or stool that’s the right height, and get to work. But you can also go as far as removing cabinets and adjusting the countertop height to get a comfortable little workspace in your kitchen. 

Built-In Corner Desk 

A built-in corner desk is a great space-saving option that allows you to use the sometimes-wasted space in the corner of a room. You can make a built-in corner desk yourself with standard lumber and basic construction skills, or you can find prefabricated cabinets that are meant to be used in corners and build a desk using that as a base.  

Built-In Bookshelves with Desk  

If you have an area of your room that’s crying out for lots of bookshelves, consider making them built-in bookshelves and incorporating a wider “shelf” or two that can double as built-in desks. This gives the entire space a pulled-together look and provides plenty of storage space for office supplies, books, and anything else you need.  

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Find Local Help for Your Built-in Desk Project 

Whether you have a dedicated office space in your home or need to add more functionality to an existing room, a built-in desk might be just the solution you’re looking for. They’re versatile, attractive, and can be modified to meet your needs perfectly. It can be a fun DIY project for many homeowners, but if the process seems like it might be too much for you to handle on your own, take advantage of the Neighborly Done Right Promise by calling your local Mr. Handyman. You can also submit a request online for our custom built-in desk services