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Dream Desk

Stocked with everything a student needs, this hideaway is an inviting place to pore over homework.

Source: Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 5 2002


Two store-bought bookcases are filled with handy, stay-organized tools like a calendar for upcoming school events, an "in" box for unfinished assignments, and an "out" box for finished homework to be checked by Mom and Dad.


  • Two store-bought bookcases

  • Measuring tape

  • 3/4-inch-thick pine or plywood

  • Saw

  • Wood glue

  • 1-inch-wide lattice strip

  • Small nails

  • Paint

  • Four wooden support brackets

  • Drill

  • Screws

  • Wood filler

  • Paddle drill bit


  1. Position bookcases on either side of window as desired. Measure width in between, and add 2 or 3 inches to each side (to allow front of desk to extend over bookcases' moldings). For desk surface, you'll need a piece of 3/4-inch-thick pine or plywood 6 inches deeper than the bookcases and cut to the width you determined earlier.

  2. Cut away the desktop's back corners as shown above, so it will fit snugly between the bookcases.

  3. With wood glue, attach a 1-inch-wide lattice strip to front edge as a facing, flush to the top of the desk, and secure with small nails.

  4. Paint desk, bookcases, and four wooden support brackets. Determine a comfortable desk height for your child, and mark the corresponding points for attaching two brackets to each bookcase (below).

  5. Drill holes, and screw brackets in place from inside the bookcases. Rest desktop on brackets, and screw down from the top to secure to brackets. Cover holes with wood filler, and touch up paint. (Brackets can be moved to higher positions to adjust the desk as your child grows.) Using a paddle drill bit, drill a 1 1/2-inchwide hole in one corner of the desktop for computer cords to pass through.

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