Make A Built-In Home Office
Having a dedicated home office can be invaluable for getting the bills paid and your tax done, but if you’re not using it all the time it can be a real space killer. A great way to have an office when you need it that can vanish when you don’t is to convert a built-in wardrobe by adding wall cabinets, a desktop and drawers all made from plywood.
DIY: $600 (Have it done for $1800)
SKILL: 4 (Advanced)
Time: 3 days
There’s no complicated joinery, with the wall cabinets and drawers secured together using screws.
We used a tablesaw to cut the plywood, but you could easily use a circular saw and straightedge guide.
Speed up construction by using a crown stapler to attach the shelf backs and drawer bases, and a nailer for the trim, or simply secure by hand with a hammer and nails.
Measure up the space
Start by measuring the distance between the side walls, subtract 40mm from the measurement and divide the remainder by the number of cabinets.
This will leave a 20mm space between the cabinets and the walls at each end that is covered with the face frame.
We needed three 700mm-wide cabinets built 1200mm tall. You’ll also have to decide how wide to make the drawers.
The key is to construct the frame and mount the runners before building the drawers, then measure between the runners and build the drawers to fit.
Simple construction, fantastic features
Shelves can be built to reach to the ceiling to maximise the available space, and provide ample room for organising books, magazine holders and storage baskets.
The desktop provides a place to work as well as a home for office essentials such as a computer, printer, and modem. Streamline the space by making provision for power cords.
Drawers are simple to build and hang beneath the desktop at a depth that best suits the space. Include a stationery tray in one drawer to keep small items and pens in order.