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Inspired by the awesome floating bathroom shelf makeover at Shanty-2-Chic, I wanted to replace an old, underused nook space in the bedroom/guest room and turn it into a practical desk area. And thanks to that great tutorial, I was able to figure out my shelf measurements much more easily!

We’re going to build them as if they were true floating shelves, but we’ll be able to attach them on the back and both sides.

We’re going to use thicker boards on the top and front and a thinner piece on the bottom, hiding the structure inside with a frame shaped like a capital letter “E.” 1/4″ x 2′ x 4′ Fir Sanded Plywood ($9.50) (I had these cut to size at Lowe’s) Level, tape measure, pencil, wood glue, stud finder

If you feel ambitious, a circle drill and a “desk grommet” like this one. It’s hard to give you exact measurements for your lumber cuts because your nook will be a different size than mine. Here’s the general idea: The shelves will have your 1x12s on top, then a frame of 2.3s in between, a 1×4 in the front, and the 1/4 plywood on the bottom.

You’ll put a 1×4 in the front as a trim piece, or lip. It’s wise to measure before you head to Lowe’s so you can have them cut the 1/4″ plywood for you. You’ll want the 1/4″ plywood — the bottom of the shelves — cut to match the width and length of your shelf.

You’ll be able to tell how long to make the “legs” on your support pieces, for example. I used a Kreg Jig to make the fancy screw holes you can see in the left and center pictures above. Since no-one will ever see the supports, you can just screw them together from the back, too – you don’t need a Kreg Jig. You can also assemble the desk surface – lay your 1x10s – in my case, 4 of them, on top of the 1/2 plywood. Assuming they’re a good fit, turn that whole assembly over and glue it in place. Remember, it is a good idea to pre-drill the holes in the plywood.

You may also want to sand the edges a bit, particularly on the desk, for convenience and comfort. I also made sure that I was choosing at least two spots on each support (sides and back) that would screw into studs.

Now that your supports are attached, you can put the shelves and desk tops on (above, left).

If you want, you can drill a hole in the rear corner of the desk for cables.

You will need a large hole drill bit and a desk grommet to finish it all off (like a plastic plug with a cap). Thanks to Lowe’s for providing materials for this post; the opinions and content are mine.

PS- I’ve linked this post up to these fabulous blogs this week!

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striped nook guest bedroom tatertots and jello
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nicks room before
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floating desk and shelves in a guest room
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striped nook guest bedroom tatertots and jello
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