How I Made a Floating Desk

How I Made a Floating Desk
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Welcome to my floating desk Project!

This project was inexpensive and the build time was only about 3 hours.

This project is also perfect for converting a small closet into a usable work space.

I hope you enjoy!

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Original photo from Londage at Home

This was a fun project, and I love how it turned out! My house is still builder basic in a lot of ways and I’m slowly trying to change that.


I started out with a large alcove off my dining room. This space may have been intended for a bar area but I went for a floating desk. The space is very wide, just under 7’, so I went over kill on the supports.

If you’re attempting a similar project you are likely not to need as much redundant support as I’ve done here.

First, I built the frame.

I used 2x 4s, 2 x 2s and 2 inch deck screws.

The backboard is a 2” x 4” and runs the length of the back wall of my alcove and the outer side boards, also 2” x 4”s will run flush with the side walls of the alcove.

The interior support is 2” x 2”s to cut down on overall weight and you’ll se in the photo I staggered them to spread out the support and the make connecting them easier. Be sure you are making 90 degree cuts or your boards will sit crooked when you try to attach them. I tried to keep them far enough away from my backboard to allow for room for my drill gun, so that when I was ready to attach it to the wall I wasn’t in my own way. If you also use 2” x 2”s remember when attaching to pick a side that will be your “top” surface of the frame and attach all of your 2” x 2” boards flush to that surface since they are narrower than your 2” x 4”s. Using my Dewalt circular saw and electric drill, this part of the project came together fairly quickly.

Now that my internal frame is assembled, it’s ready to be attached to the wall.

I wanted the height of my desk surface to be 32”. That’s about 2” higher than the average desk height. My reasoning was that the front panel of my desk is a 1” x 4”, dropping the underside of my desk 3 ½”, this is a beautiful chunky look but you still need to comfortable sit with your legs under the desk to use it properly and comfortable. If I’d left my desk surface at 30” this would have put the underside of my desk at 26 ½” and when I compared that to my chair seat I knew it wouldn’t work. Therefore, a 32” surface height and a 28 1/2” under desk height was a perfect compromise between functionality and aesthetics.

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