How to Build a Simple Kitchen Desk

Combine wall cabinets and a butcher-block countertop to create a desk with storage.
HDSWT902_Desk-After_s4x3

HDSWT902_Desk-After_s4x3

Materials Needed:

  • cabinets (we used two wall cabinets at 30" x 12")
  • 2x4s for the base
  • 1x4 primed and painted to cover the toe kick
  • butcher block countertop
  • circular saw
  • screw gun and 3" screws
  • tape measure
  • speed square and a T-square
  • miter saw
  • finish nailer and nails

Step 1

Use 2x4's (sitting up on edge) to build a base for the cabinets to sit upon. The base should be about three inches set back from the cabinets in front, and one inch on each side. Secure the base to the wall studs using 3" screws.

Step 2

Set the cabinet boxes on top of the base. If there is an electrical outlet on the wall, measure and cut out a hole in the back of the cabinet before you install it. Secure the cabinet boxes to the wall studs and the base using 3" screws. Attach the cabinet doors to the cabinet boxes.

HDSWT902_Cabinet-Box_s4x3

HDSWT902_Cabinet-Box_s4x3

Step 3

Cut the 1x4's to size to cover the toe kick on the sides and front of the base. Miter cut the corners for a clean finish. Nail into place.

Step 4

Cut a standard butcher-block counter top to the size of desktop, use a router to round over the edges. (Many home improvement store will precut the butcher block for you.)

Attach the butcher block to the cabinets by screwing up from inside the cabinet. The size of the screws will depend on the thickness of the butcher block.

HDSWT902_Desk-After-2_s4x3

HDSWT902_Desk-After-2_s4x3

Keep Reading

Next Up

$100 Half-Day Designs: Easy-to-Create Desk

A do-it-yourself desk is easy to make with an old door and a bookshelf.

How to Build a Space-Saving Wall-Mounted Desk

The perfect petite workspace for a small home or apartment, this chic DIY desk drops down when you need it and folds away when you don’t.

How To: Making a Desk Out Of An Antique Door

An antique door and some salvaged stair posts come together to create an eco-friendly desk.

How to Build an Ironing-Board Cabinet

Follow these instructions for constructing a laundry-room space-saver.

Build a Foldout Desk and Craft Table

This easy-to-make desk is the perfect storage solution for a tiny office or playroom.

How to Build Bookshelves Around a Fireplace

Gather storage space around your hearth with these step-by-step instructions.

How To: Building A Recessed Home for Flat-Screen TV

Solve the problem of where to put the TV with a recessed niche.

How To: Building an A-Frame Entertainment Center

Building an elegant A-frame entertainment center can be as easy as fitting notched lumber together like puzzle pieces. The result is a rustic yet dramatic focal point of any room.

Build an Entertainment Center in One Day

Carter builds a semi-recessed entertainment center for a family room.

Tidy Up Your Desk With This Chic DIY Organizer

Tame your unruly office supplies with this stylish, inexpensive solution.

On TV

Good Bones

6:30am | 5:30c

Income Property

7:30am | 6:30c

Log Cabin Living

10:30am | 9:30c

Log Cabin Living

11:30am | 10:30c

Fixer Upper

12pm | 11c

Fixer Upper

1pm | 12c

Fixer Upper

2pm | 1c

Fixer Upper

3pm | 2c

Fixer Upper

4pm | 3c

Fixer Upper

5pm | 4c

Fixer Upper

6pm | 5c

Fixer Upper

7pm | 6c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Fixer Upper

8pm | 7c

Fixer Upper

9pm | 8c

House Hunters

10pm | 9c

House Hunters

11pm | 10c

Fixer Upper

12am | 11c

House Hunters

1am | 12c

Fixer Upper

3am | 2c

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.