How to Build A DIY Floating Desk For Under $150

DIY Timber Wall Floating Desk for Under $150

Finally, I’m here with my first post on home renovation and its about how to build a DIY floating desk and how we managed to whip it up in just under an hour AND at a budget of $150. It’s so easy to make that even an absolute beginner will love this project. The two main materials you need to build and install this floating desk are a benchtop panel and brackets that don’t always come in the name of floating desk brackets as you can use the same ones even for putting together any wood panels or cabinets onto the wall.

If you’re in Australia, you can find everything you need to install the floating desk at Bunnings.

With the current global pandemic, most of us are spending hours in our home office so naturally we want it to be a positive space to focus and work. I’m all about open spaces and not the one to be cooped up working away alone in a little room, so our new home office is set up in a nook of a large lounge room that has the tv and a dining area. You can now totally say I may have a bit of a FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) that I like to always be a part of the family entertainment.

Also Read: How To Renovate A House On A Budget

You guys, before I continue though I wanted to mention that I have been dreading my first home renovation post since the end of 2018 – since the time we bought a house and immediately started our home renovation. I have written plenty of posts in between but I haven’t published them yet. There was always this anxiety about things to look perfect before I take photos or show them to people.

Let’s face it, it’s never going to be perfect, trends are going to be changing, things are going to be moved around quite a bit and so on. So this time I didn’t want to wait for a perfect space to share this post on how we installed a DIY floating desk in our home office.

DIY Timber Wall Floating Desk for Under $150

It is so easy to build your own wall mounted desk that you don’t even have to go looking out for a feature table that suits your taste. It’s surprising how some pieces of timber can do magic to a house. We are not professional builders or renovators but we learnt on the go so if we can, so can you. I’m going to show how to build a DIY floating desk without stressing too much.

DIY Floating Desk Home Office

Research On the Look

First I did some research on the actual cost of a desk this long. I checked out some home websites like Ikea and the look and feel I’d like. Ikea doesn’t have floating desks but one of my favorite hacks I have seen is the combination of drawers placed below this DIY floating desk, that makes it look like one big solid unit.

people I just wanted a pretty simple desk that looked classy and minimalist and nothing bulky as it was going to be a part of the lounge room and it had to work seamlessly with the rest of the furniture and a large 90s fireplace with exposed brick. I also didn’t want it to have legs or drawers to avoid the bulk feeling. At this stage, I also measured the width and height I wanted the floating desk to sit at.

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Wood And Floating Desk Accessories Shopping

After a bit of online search on the Bunnings website, we noted down 3 different choices before going to the store. The cheapest is raw wood which I also really liked. You can varnish it to the color you prefer! We did this for our Fireplace mantel wood top and recessed shelves. For varnish you can just use the deck stain if you already have it and apply thin layers until you get the preferred color. For this floating desk we just went with a stained wood to save up on time.

The dimensions we were looking at were 2100 mm and 600 mm width. To save up on time we got it cut by Bunnings. If you don’t have the tools, you could do the same.

The wood cost us about $120. To attach the timber onto the wall, we got 3 white floating desk brackets called Flexi Storage that cost about $4.60 each. You can even find these in aluminium. You probably want heavy duty floating desk brackets as the wood panel can be heavy and also considering the additional load of desktops and laptops. We also got a 60mm black cable duct to close the hole that we’d be drilling in to let the cables pass by.

Setting Up Your DIY Timber Floating Desk

Now it’s all about installing the timber to your wall.

Find the Stud

Firstly, use a stud finder to find where the studs are. These stud finder device locates the framing studs behind the drywall. The cheapest stud finder is about $26. It’s a safe gadget to have as a toolkit if you plan on drilling holes for art frames or hanging new shelves. Nailing them onto the studs gives the floating desk a great support to hold on to.

Once you find the studs, prep the area by measuring and marking the points for the 3 brackets. You may want to measure your preferred height at this stage. We put one bracket on the far left, one on the centre and the 3rd one on the far right. A spirit level will help you level all the brackets on the same line.

DIY Floating Desk Home Office

Hot Tip: If you really want to hide the vertical bracket behind the wall, you could cut your wall surface along the lines of the stud and vertically along the bracket and attach the brackets to the wall with screws. Once this is done, fill the vertical section of the bracket with a filler using a scraper. Then either apply a tape over for extra strength or sand them back. I didn’t mind seeing the white brackets so we did not do this.

Building the Floating Desk

Stud finder and drilling a round hole for cables to pass through which will then be closed by a black cable duct

We drilled a round hole in the centre of the timber to let the desktop cables pass through. I have a phobia for cables dangling around the house and the husband has the habit of using up all the switchboards in every room (even unused rooms) so cables are all over the place. For instance, there is an alarm system using up the switchboards in one of the rooms, then there is the Google Mini in the kitchen, guest rooms, and master bedrooms so seriously imagine the amount of cables I see everyday. Oh and by the way we don’t actually use any of these. They are all just plugged in for show and bought and fixed in an heat of the moment.

Drilling a hole on the timber is completely optional. If you have only one desktop or one laptop, you most certainly wouldn’t need one. I had 2 desktops and 2 laptops that were going on the desk plus all extras.

Hot Tip: Cables aren’t pretty so I put them all in a cable management box (see main image) from Ikea. They are all sitting inside the box nice and compact.

Place the Timber on the Bracket

Finally, we placed the timber above the brackets and drilled in the screws to keep them snug and secure. You now have your own fancy looking DIY timber floating desk for your home office.

Hope this guide on how to build a DIY floating desk has helped you all!

diy floating desk

If you’ve any questions, drop your comments below or if you made these DIY floating desks, share your project with me by tagging #thetrippie or tag me at @the.trippie on Instagram. Follow us on instagram for more projects on how we renovate our 90 year old house.  Also subscribe to my email list for cool stuff sent direct to your inbox.

DIY Floating Desk For under $150

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  1. says: Annabelle Adams

    Hi there! Just wondering if you could explain why the two different kind of brackets were used? Thanks!!

    1. says: Shilpa Balakrishnan

      Hi Annabelle, no technical reason really. It was just a personal choice being I didn’t want all 3 brackets being same kind for the floating desk. You could use any brackets through out.

  2. says: Eddie Mora

    I love this project and I’m so glad I found a tutorial. Could you please tell me what size were the brackets you used? I’m trying to do this project for my bedroom makeover and I don’t want my desk to fall if I use the wrong brackets. The desk I’m building will be 1,500mm x 500mm

    1. says: Shilpa Balakrishnan

      Hi Eddie, if you check out your hardware store they might actually say how many kgs the brackets can handle. If you’re using a really heavy timber bench then you must definitely should consider 2-3 heavy duty brackets. We used a 150x150x20 mm brackets and it’s load capacity weight is upto 125 kgs.

      Hope it helped:)

  3. says: Marija

    I am planning for my desk – dimensions 4m x 0.6m. Could brackets handle that load or do I need metal supporting frame underneath?

  4. says: James

    Hi Shilpa, do you remember which type of wood you got from bunnings? Was it a special order or one of the kaboodle benchtops?

  5. says: James

    Do you remember which species of wood this is? The Bunnings website doesn’t seem to show them selling large pieces of hardwood like this.

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