Before checking out the step-by-step video on building a space-saving desk with the secret compartment, let’s get a bit of insight into design, as well as the best materials and construction of your own personal desk.
First, many think all they need is a flat surface to prop the computer on, but this isn’t really the case. Don’t ignore comfort and ergonomics when selecting or building your desk. Especially today, people spend hours at their desk whether it is for office use or even entertainment purposes.
The majority of desk manufacturers design the top to be 30 inches high. This might be fine for the average person, but it definitely isn’t for everyone. So designing and constructing your own can make a difference between being comfortable or ending up with a backache.
Also make sure that you will have enough legroom underneath the top. Bend your arms at a 90 degree angle so that your hands are resting in a comfortable position on the desktop, whether you will be sitting or standing. Which brings up another point.
Many today are switching over to standing at their workstation/desk instead of sitting down. Or they have a top that can easily convert from sitting to standing and back again. There are many health benefits to standing, especially if you have a job sitting all day.
Making sure to measure your chair so it fits underneath the top is important. You don’t want to sit several feet away from the desk, and once it is built, if you go to push the chair under the top and it doesn’t fit, you won’t be a happy camper. Especially if you have to make modifications to your design after the fact.
Ensure that the monitors will not only fit, but also not be too far back because your top is too deep. On average the monitor is typically about arm length away.
When it comes to the type of wood for the top, there are many different options. Much of this is going to depend on the finish you would like to incorporate. MDF is a very popular material because it already is finished, has a smooth surface, and is a very popular look today. If you are going with wood a hardwood such as maple will give you a sturdy option. But just about any type of wood will work, such as oak or even southern yellow pine.
There are pros and cons to every type of layout, whether it is going to be a corner desk, U-shaped, L-shaped or traditional rectangle style. If at all possible, make it adaptable so if you have to move it to a different room in the home, you are able to. Space saving in a small home is optimal, but normally the size can become an issue because they are smaller.
Most already have a desk before they take on the task of building one, so look at what you like about it, and add in those features to your design. As much as this sounds like common sense, you will be surprised how many forget to build their favorite features into their own creations.
Below is the video that will help you to build your own desk and even has a secret compartment. Hopefully it will help you to execute your own woodworking project such as this.