Fast Fix: Kids Rooms

Stair Post Kid's Desk

Learn how wooden posts, plywood and a little patience can create a custom, kid-size desk.

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Materials Needed:

  • stain-grade plywood
  • stair posts
  • table saw
  • chop saw
  • tape measure
  • pencil and notepad
  • caulk and caulk gun
  • wood filler and putty knife
  • orbital sander
  • medium-grit sanding pads
  • primer
  • semi-gloss paint
  • paint sprayer
  • extension cord
  • plastic sheeting
  • drill
  • wood screws
  • spirit level
  • 1x3 MDF trim
  • nail gun
  • damp cloth
  • high-gloss floor sealer

Determine Dimensions

Using tape measure, determine proper height, width and depth for desk in relation to wall, child's size and the room's traffic flow. Mark desk's desired height on wall with pencil. Jot dimensions down on notepad with pencil. Tip: Keep in mind needed clearance for doors and windows.

Cut Plywood and Trim

Referring to dimensions on notepad, measure, then mark plywood and trim pieces with pencil and spirit level. Use table saw to cut plywood to size. Cut trim to size using chop saw and miter corners.

Cut Posts

Referring to dimensions on notepad, measure post, then mark with pencil. Cut posts to size using chop saw.

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