A DIY desk such as this one is perfect for compact spaces like dorm rooms or city home offices.

pull down desk on bookshelf

This fold-down desk sits snuggly in a modular storage shelving unit. It's quick and easy to make, and we like that it's compact enough for any small space. Whether it's for a dorm room or a home office, this DIY desk is the perfect project to help with productivity.

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What you need

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How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

Measure the width and height of the opening you want to use for your pulldown desk. Then cut a piece of plywood to those dimensions and paint it to match the shelf before letting it dry completely.

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Step 2

Cut the felt to the dimensions of plywood. You can add a brass-and-leather handle for a cohesive look. Then spray one side of plywood with adhesive, and press the felt onto the surface; let dry.

Step 3

Remove the shelf and cut down the back edge by 3/4 inch—or have it cut at your local lumberyard.

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pull down desk on bookshelf
Step 4

Align the plywood desk with the shelf. Then screw two desk hinges into the desk and then to the shelf (A).

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Step 5

Place the shelf and plywood desk in the bookcase. Screw the lid-stay hinges into the shelf and desk (B).

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