With school just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to design a desk to fit a small space.  With 5 kiddos to find space for, I am always trying to think of ways to maximize space and function at the same time.

Check out my DIY Murphy Desk!

DIY Murphy Desk by Shanty2Chic

The best part??  It folds up to this super cute and fully functional chalkboard!

Murphy Desk DIY by Shanty2Chic

How fun is that??  This desk is so versatile too!  I actually built this one for my oldest daughter to use as a vanity.  It gives her a place to pretty up while hiding her makeup from the babies at the same time 😉

This is a really simple build!


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  1. do you think it would be sturdy enough to hold a sewing machine? i’d love to build this for my craft room! what a space saver! 🙂

  2. What type of clamps are used in the pictures? They are different than piano hinges it seems. Any help is appreciated! Thanks!

  3. I’d tried to sign up, but it won’t let me. I don’t live either in Mexico, US & Canada. Can you please help? I’d like to know more about your post. Thanks!!

  4. YES! I just pinned something and captioned it ‘figure out how to build this’ – thanks for saving me the trouble!! Hello new kitchen chalkboard/desk 🙂

  5. It does enter you, so no worries. After I signed this message appeared:Thank you for signing in to RYOBI Nation. You have officially been entered to win the Shanty2Chic Sweepstakes!

  6. Thank U 4 this wonderful giveaway opportunity.
    A person can Always use some good working tools. I know I can

  7. Love this so much! So many places to use this – craft room, kitchen in a small apartment, baby’s changing table, kids desk, etc. thanks for sharing!

  8. I tired to sign in and it won’t let me . I tired 2xs already and resett my password aswell. Why won’t it let me veiw the plans

  9. Great desk! I’ve done one other of your projects. So easy and fast. Thank you. Found out that the Ryobi Nation contest is not open to Canadians – boo. I signed up any way.

    1. They track it all through links internally. This is how we do our Ryobi giveaways, and it’s super easy and stress free… LOVE! Good luck!