How to Make a Space-Saving Floating Desk

Create a streamlined, custom floating desk that is aesthetically pleasing, efficient and packed with storage with these easy instructions.

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Mock Up Shape and Scale with Painter's Tape

To ensure that the intended shape, scale and style of the workstation will work logistically in relation to its surroundings, first create a mockup. Use blue painter's tape to mark the exact shape and size of the floating-shelf workstation. Take care to consider how the shelf's dimensions will work in the intended space; place a chair to make sure the height of the shelf bottom allows enough clearance to sit comfortably. If the space seems too tight, adjust the tape accordingly until the proper balance is achieved. Record adjusted measurements in the notepad.

Add Cut Marks to MDF

Referring to dimensions recorded in the notepad, use tape measure and a pencil or black marker to mark the MDF. These marks will dictate where each cut should begin and end.

Cut MDF with Saw

Once the MDF has been properly marked, cut each piece of the workstation to size with the table saw.

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