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diy project: maggi’s minimalist oak desk

by Grace Bonney

today’s first diy project (of 4!) belongs to brooklynite maggi pattillo. she created this simple but stunning desk with a few boards from lowes and a whole lot of crafty-ness. her instructions are easy-to-follow and make for a fantastic weekend project if you’re looking to create a custom desk area. click here for maggi’s instructions or just click “read more” below. [thanks, maggi!]

Maggi’s Minimalist Oak Desk


* two 6-ft. oak boards cut into two 5-ft. long sections and two 5-in. long sections
* three 4-inch metal L brackets
* stud finder
* electric drill with drill bits and screwdriver bit
* twelve 2 in. long wood screws
* (optional) tung oil


1. I bought oak boards from Lowe’s and had them cut them to size and cut smaller pieces for the sides.

2. I drilled pilot holes for the screws in the top and bottom board (see picture below) and then screwed each side to the bottom.

3. I mounted the top to the wall using the L brackets brackets screwed into three studs (see picture below).

4. I then screwed the bottom and sides to the top and it was finished.

5. Afterwards, I rubbed it down with tung oil to protect it, which darkened the wood slightly but retained the matte finish.

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  • Hey this looks lovely. I would like to do it in my room but I have some questions left.

    How thick are the boards, how long are the screws?
    Do you have a smooth surface or are the scerws going through the whole board?

    Thanks :)

    • This is awesome, almost what I looking for, “floating” desk, on question: Can I add drawers to something like this, right? Because I REALLY need drawers. Thanks for sharing!

  • Very nice! Took inspiration from this to build a floating nightstand on my wife’s side of the bed. Super simple project and very quick to assemble. Took about 10 minutes from start to finish.

  • How wide are the oak boards? I cant find anything more than a foot, which looks about what you have here. I was hoping for 16″ to fit a laptop. Just curious…

  • That is awesome I have a tiny room with a twin bed and a rack of clothes and a closets and a door on the same side and aso a big thing for my TV I need more space please help

  • I like this simple desk idea. I’ve been wanting an adjustable height desk without spending a fortune. I’m going to look into mounting this on some type of sliding rail. Thanks for sharing!

  • This is so cool! I would love to try to do build this as a make up and hair vanity but I’m hopeless with tools.

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