Hey hey guys!

Ash and I have been CrAzY busy these last few weeks.  We are wrapping up the renovation of two homes for Open Concept on HGTV in the next week, and we CANNOT wait to show y’all!  You will love them… And there are lots of new furniture plans coming with each episode, so get excited people.

Today I am sharing the corner desk I built for my now 13-year-old (pray for me)…  I am in love with how this room came together.  Here is a shot of the desk!

DIY Corner Desk Free Plans

So cute right?!

This is a really simple build!

You can download and print the free plans by clicking HERE!

There are three main steps to this build… Building the bases, building the top, and then attaching them.

The bases are constructed out of hardwood plywood.  We use PureBond Plywood from Home Depot.  It is one of our favorite brands for many reasons.  It’s formaldehyde-free and made in the USA as well.  I have the guys at Home Depot rip it down so I can get it home and then I make the smaller cuts at home on my miter saw.

I used my Kreg Jig K5 to make my pocket holes.  I’m using 3/4″ material for the whole build, so all of my pocket holes are 3/4″.

pocket holes for desk

I added a line of glue under each seam, and then attached them with 1.25″ pocket hole screws using my Ryobi drill.

add glue to shelf

attach shelves

shelves for desk

If you have a hard time squeezing your drill and Kreg bit into a space, you can use a right angle drill.  I don’t use mine all of the time, but when I need it, I need it.  It makes this part much easier!

right angle drill Ryobi

Here is a shot of them before attaching the trim.

Building Corner Desk

The trim is added to the front first.  This is just to create the face frame with covers the rough edge of the plywood and pretties everything up.

I used 1.25″ brad nails with my 18g Ryobi Airstrike brad nailer…. If you don’t have one of these yet, it is a MUST.  I use it on nearly every build.

attach trim

front trim of desks

The base trim is just 1×3 with a piece of cove moulding on top.  I attached it using wood glue and brad nails as well.

trim side of desk

There will be a small 1×2 attached to the back of each base.  This is attached with 1.25″ pocket hole screws and helps support the desk top.

pocket holes

All trimmed up!

Corner Desk Bases

The desk top is built from project panels.  Some hardware stores don’t carry these.  I do have to get mine at Lowe’s.  I cut down each side to size and attached them to form an L using 3/4″ pocket holes and 1.25″ pocket hole screws.

desk top attachment

Next, I used 2″ Spax screws and wood glue to attach the frame to the bottom of the desk top.

attaching brace to desk top

The bottom of the desk top will look like this before attaching it to the bases.


I painted everything in the shop, and then moved it into her room to attach it all.  Made life lots easier!

I found the knobs at Hobby Lobby and the hinges are brass, but I used some Martha Stewart paint to dull them a bit to match the knobs.  I found it at Michael’s.   The baskets are also from Hobby Lobby and the chair is from Industry West!

Here she is all finished up!

DIY Corner Desk by Shanty2Chic

Corner Desk DIY

Free Plans Corner Desk

DIY Corner Desk Free Plans

Shanty2Chic Corner Desk Free Plans

You can find the plans for the corner shelves HERE and find the plans for the bed HERE!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I’m off to finish off these renos with Ash… Wish us luck!

Thanks guys!

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  1. Thanking you for letting us know about your passion to work. It’s been a pleasure to read your Blog.

  2. The quantity of the 1x2x8 pine boards is wrong, 2 is not enough… I needed 3 according to what you have color coded them for

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  4. Thanks. I just went with a single 27 inch monitor and added a 27 in HD TV.
    I will post up that article soon.

  5. This
    is exactly the type of thing I want to do in my newly ‘repaired’ office
    space ~ corner shelves above my desk for added storage! Color scheme is similar too 🙂 Nice job gals!