DIY Projects & Crafts DIY Furniture Projects Fold-Down Desk A DIY desk such as this one is perfect for compact spaces like dorm rooms or city home offices. By Martha Stewart Editors Martha Stewart Editors Facebook Instagram Twitter Website An article attributed to "Martha Stewart Editors" indicates when several writers and editors have contributed to an article over the years. These collaborations allow us to provide you with the most accurate, up-to-date, and comprehensive information available.The Martha Stewart team aims to teach and inspire readers daily with tested-until-perfected recipes, creative DIY projects, and elevated home and entertaining ideas. They are experts in their fields who research, create, and test the best ways to help readers design the life they want. The joy is in the doing. Editorial Guidelines Updated on July 9, 2020 Share Tweet Pin Email 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. What You'll Need Materials Modular storage unit (Pictured: IKEA "Billy" bookcases, from $59 each, ikea.com) Measuring tape Birch plywood, 3/4 inch wide ($27.32, homedepot.com) Wool felt Circular saw Eggshell paint ($11.49, michaels.com) Multipurpose spray adhesive 2 extruded brass hinges ($21 for 2, vintagehardware.com) 2 lid-stay hinges with screws ($17.50 each, vintagehardware.com) Instructions 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. 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. Remove the shelf and cut down the back edge by 3/4 inch—or have it cut at your local lumberyard. Align the plywood desk with the shelf. Then screw two desk hinges into the desk and then to the shelf (A). Place the shelf and plywood desk in the bookcase. Screw the lid-stay hinges into the shelf and desk (B).