Bedroom Renovation

Building a floating desk


The nooks and crannies in our houses are often an overlooked area. Not only is it very possible to maximise this idle space, but with a simple floating desk and a little home décor know-how, you can easily turn it into a stylish feature.

In general, a floating desk is constructed by securing a wood surface to a plywood base. This rests on a supporting E-frame and it’s all finished with a trim at the front.

What you’ll need:

Firstly, measure the nook to figure out how wide and deep the space is. Using these measurements, get the following materials:

  • Wood board/s for surface
  • Small trim piece, or lip
  • An E-frame (4 pieces of lumber)
  • Selleys Aquadhere Durabond
  • Selleys Liquid Nails
  • Wood panels and support pieces
  • A spirit level
  • Measuring tape
  • Stud finder
  • Soft marking pencil
  • Electric saw
  • Power drill
  • Mouse sander
  • Hammer and finishing nails
  • Assorted screws – some (at least) 12mm and 65mm screws
  • (Optional) Wood stain

It’s as easy as

1. Deciding where your shelf will go and marking the best placement with a spirit level
2. Preparing the area
3. Applying glue, nails or screws
4. Hanging the shelf
5. Making it strong


1. Assemble E-frame

Screw the three lumber “arms” to the fourth base piece. Assemble them in the shape of an “E” – one on each end and then the centre. For extra stability, glue with Selleys Aquadhere Durabond.

2. Make your mark

Use your stud finder to locate two areas where the desk can be supported – one at the side and one at the back. Mark it out with a pencil and spirit level.

3. Attach your supports

Place the E-frame against the wall and screw them in at the stud marks with screws that are at least 65mm in size. Fasten additional screws to the wall evenly along the frame.

4. Assemble your surface

Place the desk surface panel/s on top of a plywood base to create one surface panel. If the fit is good, glue it in place. Use 12mm screws in the back of the plywood. Sand the surface and edges down.

5. Install your desk

Place the desk surface on top of the E-frame and nail into place. Then secure the trim piece to the front of the desk with Selleys Liquid Nails.

Some things to consider:

  • Ensure the desk is less than 50cm in depth.
  • Consider the chair you will use at the desk and determine the height accordingly.
  • A permanent hole at the back of the desk is required for computer cords
  • Make the desk a beautiful design feature by painting the wall behind a deeper colour.