Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Fold Out Craft Desk

If there was one thing I knew I wanted in my new craft room, it was a high workbench where I could comfortable work standing up. However, I also knew it wasn't something I would be using every day and I really didn't want to sacrifice a huge amount of space.

So I decided to try my hand at building a fold out desk.

I already had the wood for the desk top out in the garage which was 120cm x 90cm so I bought some wood for the legs and the fold out bit and cut them to size.


First I made the swing out leg, it needs to be as wide as the table top.


I added two legs to the board that is mounted to the wall for extra stability


Then with hinges I attached the the swing out leg to the leg that sits against the wall.


Then with another two hinges I attached the table top to the board that attaches to the wall.


Using L brackets I attached the board and the legs to the wall.

Swing out the leg and lift the top when you need a desk


And swing it back in against the wall when you want your floor space back


This took all of about 4 hours to make, and that's from me, all by myself, who really doesn't know anything much about woodworking. It's sturdy and stable.

DIY Delight or Disaster? DELIGHT!!!! This is now the best thing I have ever done. I love that the kids can come in here and play on the floor if I am knitting or working on the computer, but when they're not around and I want to craft, up it goes it a couple of seconds. DELIGHT, DELIGHT, DELIGHT! Also it cost me less than $30 to make, how awesome is that!!!! Also did you notice the carpet, god bless my neighbour, the carpet layer, he gave me some carpet he had taken up at a job he was doing, slightly too small to lay in this room but pretty much covers the floor, looks nice and is soft and warm for the kids to play on.





Thanks for reading,

Mel xo Linking here
Beyond The Picket Fence

31 comments:

  1. Very nice, Mel ! Love it and it is such a space saver when not in use :-)

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  2. That is so INNOVATIVE, and COOL, Mel! Can you imagine what something like that would cost to buy in a store? You are right about it being the best you've ever come up with!!!! I'm so proud and excited for you!!! And you need to submit this to all the diy sites out there! Way too creative!!!!

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  3. Absolutely genius! I love it. I know you will get a lot of use out of it.

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  4. Way to go Mel! You did an amazing job on it. It looks great! Pinned!

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  5. Want to come to my place and build me one? What a brilliant idea, Mel!!!

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  6. Look at those skills!!! Definitely a delight.

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  7. Now that is brilliant. I am SO impressed. What a great use of space, too. You are almost making me want to go to my garage and try and build something :). I'm loving the pictures too! Gorgeous all around.

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  8. Amy's right, those are great pics! I'm pretty much in awe that you did this all by yourself. What's wrong with me; that I think myself incapable of picking up a saw or drill or hammer?! Did you learn from videos or what? Now I want to dig out the (pink) tool kit my husband bought me 5 years ago. It's never been opened! Seriously, it looks gorgeous in there. I have a tiny space so I can appreciate how handy your table must be.

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  9. I'm totally impressed with your carpentry skills! I'm pinning this one to see if I can do it in my craft room. It's a small room and difficult to move around a big table. This would be a great answer to the problem!

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  10. Yay clever Mel! What an innovative and practical idea, and brill that you made it all by yourself. Very impressed (and a little jealous lol!)

    hugs xx

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  11. Wow! This is awesome! Great idea and fantastic job Mel! Love Love!

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  12. You are very clever and skillful Mel, well done!

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  13. That is just amazing Mel! Fabulous idea, and it looks great!

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  14. I am definitely pinning this Mel. I need a cutting table in my small office/sewing room and something like this would be perfect. I'm visiting from the Wake Up Wednesday party and both links that I pressed were yours - ha! I'm your newest follower :)
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

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  15. That's amazing, Mel that you made it by yourself, in 4 hours for $30!!! I'm so impressed and inspired. That is cool that you can put it up or down pending child in proximity, lol

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  16. Looks great. A great idea well executed. Good job.

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  17. So AWESOME, Mel Such a smart use of space - genius!

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  18. Fantastic Mel and so proud that you did this all on your own!!!

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  19. Delight definitely! You go Mel!

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  20. I think your table is genius! Is your blog supposed to be talking to me? I have a video popping up and I'm like hey...how did they know I'm here??

    -andi

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  21. I don't even know where I would begin to make this on my own. GREAT JOB!

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  22. You just found my new birthday present request! I would love for you to share your project on my Meet Up Monday Blog Party!
    http://jennymaire.blogspot.com/

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  23. Great idea! & Great Job!! :)

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  24. That's awesome!! Can you come build one for my sewing room? :-). Maybe if I show my husband this he will build one. I'm handy with tools but there's nothing like men at work. Lol

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  25. This is such a great idea!!! Perfect for kids going back to school. Love it!
    Happy Tuesday!
    Dee
    www.thecsiproject.com

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  26. I love it! I've been on the hunt for a really great sewing & craft table for awhile now, so I'll be sure to keep this in mind! Thanks for the great post!

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  27. Thanks for sharing with us at Teach Me Tuesday. You are very much appreciated! We hope to see you back again this week. Starts tonight @ 8pm CST.
    http://3glol.net/2014/08/04/teach-tuesday-15/
    Have an awesome rest of your week!!

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  28. We just wanted to let you know that we featured this post at this weeks link party. I love this idea. I need to do one.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

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  29. That is exactly what I need and my husband will be finding this in his email. I LOVE THIS. I love that is can be adapted to any other room. I am buying storage for my craft room now and this will be the perfect finishing piece to make my craft room work out perfect.

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Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment, between housework and 5 kids, this is the only thing I get out of bed for ;)

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