DIY: Closet Nook Desk

It has been a whirlwind couple of weeks around these parts. From moving to weddings to work to business travel and grad school, there just doesn't seem to be enough days in the week and hours in the day.

Although I love my new apartment, there was one thing that I was missing, a designated desk space. While I typically don't use a desk, there's something that feels right about sitting down at a desk and getting to work (my bed and couch just wasn't cutting it anymore). But what I was lacking in my new apartment was room for a desk. What's a girl to do? Create a desk space, that's what!

Luckily, I have a walk-in closet that I am able to fit all my clothes in but I have a little extra closet in my bedroom. I thought to myself "I bet I could turn this into a desk" and then the weekend adventure began.

I bribed my brother to help me with some pizza and we got to work. It was actually a lot simpler than I thought and I had a lot of things needed already.

First: // I started with going to my local JoAnn's and purchased 4 large wooden crates and 2 cans of spray paint (boy was I wrong on my estimate on how much spray paint I would need!). Next stop? Home Depot.  I then went on over to the Home Depot and got a piece of plywood cut to the dimensions I needed for the desk top. Tip:// Make sure to measure it about one inch smaller than the inside of your closet, it makes it easier to fit it inside (and won't scratch the walls).

(Pictured above: Hung curtains (left) and my brother spray painting the crates and plywood (right).

Second: // Spray paint, everything! (I ended up having to run to Wal-mart to purchase extra cans of spray paint, 3 more to be exact!) Once everything is dry and the color you want, it's time to get assembling!

Third: // Assembly. This part is the easiest! Simply arrange your crates stacked on top of each other (two on each side) and place your board on top! Wahlah! You have created your desk! Depending on if you have enough storage in your desk area you can turn your creates facing outwards or inwards to add extra storage beneath your desk.

(Pictured above: Assembling the desk and figuring out what I should do with the crates, I ended up having the top crates "open" to allow for extra storage.) 

Tips:// To add some romance and charm to my desk area, I added a curtain. This also helps to "hide" my desk area when I'm done with work. Mentally it helps to separate work from sleep. To have electricity in my desk area, I ran an extension cord and hid it behind the crates. I left a little space between the back wall and the plywood, so cords could easily slide behind, keeping the desk space clutter free.

The finished project? Here it is! 

I am SO trilled on how it turned out. I love it and I love the elements I was able to incorporate to make it a working desk space.

(Pictured above: Some desk accents that I think really ties it all together!)

Materials List: //

  • 4 wooden crates 
  • Spray paint in your desired color (I would say 5 cans)
  • a piece of plywood, cut to your desk dimensions 
  • Chair
  • Desk accessories

Have you turned your closet into a desk? Have any questions? Feel free to let me know!

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