New Desk for My Room!
I’ve been wanting a new desk for my room for quite a while now. My horrible looking set-up for the past almost 2 years was as follows: 32-inch TV on a weak plastic table, next to it my desktop PC on one of those little folding tray-tables, and next to that my old computer-cart desk from 1998 with my laptop and/or monitor. Spread across all this I had random computer parts (old keybords, HDDs, video cards) and wondrously stacked piles of CDs and DVDs scattered around. Some high shelves above this held my home theater’s receiver and game consoles with all the wires dangling down to the TV and power outlets all messy-like.
So I finally got around to designing my desk on and went to Home Depot to get the necessary materials. When planning it, I also wanted it to be cheap to build so I designed it in such a way that the whole thing could be built out of a single 4×8 piece of 3/4″ wood panel. The desk would be held together by some L-brackets and reinforced from behind by a brace spanning the width of the desk; below is a picture of my design on paper. I wanted the desk to fit my monitor, the TV, and have shelves for all my consoles, PC, and the receiver.
The next day I started working on it with my father’s help, who has a lot of experience and is really good at this whole DIY bit (and has cool tools). After a day’s work we managed to get the whole structure built and stained the wood a darker color after a break to rest and eat. The only changes made to the design was the addition of a thin wooden panel in the left part of the desk for further reinforcement of the structure (less wobble). The next day we bought a can of varnish and applied it to give the desk a protective coat.
One more day passed, and today the varnish has dried and anxious to get my desk in my room already, I started to clean up the sprawling mess that composed my desk/tv area. About six hours later (Hah!), I finally had everything cleaned out and my new desk in place. I must say, wiring everything back up was excruciatingly tedious. Now that everything is set up though, I’m very happy and really enjoying my new spacious desk!