How to Build Corner Home Office Desks

Everyone family wants their own home office desk and building in  a corner is often the best use of space. If you are one that is thinking about it, remember that one of the best “space savers” is corner home office desks. They don’t take up much space and if you choose the right size and utilize the corner you can get more usable space that you originally might have thought. Another advantage of home office desks is that they are fairly inexpensive to make. You can make your own office desk at home even if you have only one day to spare.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Pre manufactured laminate counter top corner piece
  • 2 - 2 by 2 by 8 inch pieces of wood
  • 2 - 2 to 3 drawer filing cabinets 32 inches high (must be same height)
  • Skill saw
  • Square
  • Pencil
  • Level
  • 2 1/2 inch wood screws
  • Screw gun
  • Wood filler/wood putty
  • Sandpaper
  • Trim
  • Paint

Step 1 - Where to Put the Desk

Decide where you want the desk (take into consideration where you have your outlets and try and build around that). Check for heating vents and doors that might interfere with using the space. Once you have decided take a few measurements so you can decide on what size desk you need. Measure the depth of your filing cabinets and make sure they will fit under the counter top (normally 24 inches deep)

Step 2 - How Much Room Do you Need?

How much room do you need on top of your corner desk? Add up space for things like: 1 or 2 computers, monitors, a lamp, printer or a scanner or both, file storage, room for writing and laptops. You might also need space for modems, connectors and other peripherals. The Filing cabinets will be underneath the desktop on either end but there still might be room for storage underneath. Make sure to leave plenty of leg room and circulation for electronics. Buy a laminated counter top piece that best suits your needs, if it is too long on one side you can cut it down with a skill saw or Jigsaw. Tape the cut like to prevent chipping the laminate. Allow at least 4 feet on each side from the corner if you plan on using a monitor.

Step 3 - Installing the Supports

Place the filing cabinets in each end of the desk. Make sure you can open the drawers. Start in the corner and measure up 32 inches (the same measurement as your filing cabinets) and use the level to transfer the marks on each wall. Pre-drill and screw cleats into wall studs. Cleats are pieces of 2 by 2 inch supports screwed to the wall that hold up the back edge. Install cleats the the entire length of the desk on both walls, they should be level with the filing cabinets and butt up against them. Place the corner counter top with back edge on the cleats and sides on filing cabinets. Pre-drill several holes thru counter top and screw into wooden cleats to keep in place. Sometimes the rounded front corner of the countertops will block the top drawer of the filing cabinet form opening, in that case, move the cleats up on the wall to adjust for it and add blocks on the top of the filing cabinets to compensate.