DIY Floating Desk for Kids

Learn how to build a space-saving DIY Floating Desk for small spaces with enough storage to use and in just a few easy steps with this tutorial.

When space is a big inconvenience, anything floating is a blessing, right? In my case, the lack of space is an understatement.

We are currently living in a small town in Spain called Elche. You could say is a traditional Spanish town, narrow streets, short buildings one next to the other and believe me when I say most apartments are SMALL. 

DIY Floating Desk for Kids

How to build a Floating Desk for Kids

In many ways I love it because there’s not much to clean LOL. I do the whole cleaning in a morning or so and the tidying it up takes me about 20 mins veery day.

What I don’t love about it is that rooms are so small that it’s hard to have everything you need. For example, a simple dresser won’t fit in my bedroom, a normal bed, a dresser, and a desk can not fit in my girl’s bedroom so I’ve had to be very creative when it comes to decorate and make each room livable.

I wanted my girl to have her own desk in her bedroom so she has peace and quiet to study, read and even play.

DIY Floating Desk for Kids Play

The space is quite small and no pre-made desk would fit in any available space in her room so I decided to make it myself.

The first thing I realized is that in order to not sacrifice more space than it needed, I had to remove the desk’s legs. It had to be floating.

That’s when a floating desk seemed the perfect option. I started from there and planned the desk first.

She would need shelves to store her supplies and stuff and I didn’t want to make lot’s of holes on the wall so I decided to create the shelves on the desk.

Below you can see the plan I created for my girl’s floating desk. It’s simple but functional.

DIY Floating Desk Plans
DIY Floating Desk for Kids

With all the measures decided I went to the closest hardware store and got my wood pieces cut. I used pinewood.

Confession time, it took me 3 years to publish this post LOL. I built this desk 3 years ago and my girl has been using ever since so I can definitely say it works perfectly and it’s safe for kids (not that she’s allowed to stand on it!).

DIY Floating Desk for Kids organized

Kid’s Floating Desk Tutorial

As any plan measures are relative to your needs and your metrics. Where I live we work with cm and mm so that’s what I’m giving here. You would need to adjust to your particular needs.

Also, I wanted to be clear that I’m not a carpenter whatsoever. I just figure out ways to make things by myself and only share when it works for me and I think it might work for others. So, in my opinion, if I can make this, I’m sure anyone can no matter the skill level or available space.

Supplies:

Pinewood

  • 1X – 250mm X 780mm X 18mm
  • 3X – 250mm X 650mm X 18mm
  • 3X – 250mm X 200mm X 18mm
  • 1X – 250mm X 526mm X 18mm
  • 1X – 250mm X 650mm X 18mm
  • 1X – 800mm X 600mm X 18mm or 25mm

Plywood

  • 1X – 552mm X 226mm X 5mm
  • 1X – 770mm X 226mm X 5mm

Pegboard

  • 1X – 552mm X 450mm
  • Wood screws
  • Wood glue
  • White latex paint or white varnish.
  • Transparent sealant varnish.
  • Sandpaper
  • Paintbrushes
  • Shelf Brackets (I got ones that hold 70kg – 140pounds)

Tools:

  • Drill/screwdriver
  • Kreg Jig for pocket holes
  • Sanding tool
  • Protective plastic and masking tape.

Step by Step:

Firstly, sand your pieces to smooth them and avoid splinters. I specially sand edges. Then clean your pieces well.

I decided to have vertical pieces painted in white and horizontal pieces painted in transparent varnish. This is totally optional. You can case it all in your favorite color or paint in different colors.

Since the dest was created for a little girl, I used a very heavy duty varnish. It’s actually a varnish for wood-flooring around pools. So, I guess liquid wouldn’t be a problem. The white varnish was also water resistant.

Protect the surface you are going to work on. I was working on my loving room’s floor (marble and carpet) so I protected it with plastic and masking tape.

Start painting your pieces as instructed in the packages. I applied 3 coats on each piece leaving them to dry at least 2 hours in between.

The owner of the desk did her part on the job very well. The best helper ever!!!

My girl painting the Floating Desk

QUICK TIP: You don’t need to wash your brushes between coats so they don’t dry or hardened. Just put them into a zip-lock bag and close it very well. The brushes stay wet even overnight if it’s well sealed.