Create The Perfect DIY Crafting Desk For Your Mobile Home

by Nov 15, 2019Blog, DIY, Mobile home life




Few things can beat making crafts with your own hands on a table that you built from scratch. Talk about a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction. But it’s also an excellent way to optimize your workflow and to finally get that surface that meets your standards.

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If you are serious about DIY, check out these tutorials on building a craft desk for your mobile home. Different arts have different requirements. So we will look at three different options.




Basic (do-it-all) crafters desk

Are you not the only one who will be using this desk? Or do you enjoy more than one craft?

If this is the case, you should think about going for a good all-rounder. This means building a table that has decent general storage space. And a sturdy and wide work surface. In the end, it won’t be as specialized, so you should be able to use it for most crafts. But with varying success.

The work surface we are going to look at should be relatively easy to build. Plus, it will be inexpensive, depending on the materials like wood that you choose to use.

Before we jump into the tutorial, we will look at the supplies that you need to use.

Supplies:

  • Two cube storage shelves
  • Paint
  • Measuring tape
  • Handheld drill
  • Screwdriver 
  • Screws
  • Paintbrushes, paint tray and roller
  • Wood, plywood, or MDF sheet for the surface
  • Jigsaw
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Safety glasses

Steps:

1 – Design the table

First, you need to work out precisely what you want to do. Don’t start cutting and drilling without a plan.

We will give you basic guidelines to build this kind of desk, but it is up to you to decide on the exact dimensions. However, we will provide you with some advice on this as well.

On average, the height for a sitting desk is between 28 and 30 inches. The standard for most brands is 29 inches. You could also optimize it for standing if you want to. In this case, it should be between 35 and 47 inches high. Keep in mind that you might need to stand for long periods at a time with some crafts like pottery.

Typically, the work surface is 24 inches wide. Besides this, it is usually 20 to 30 inches deep.

For a crafter’s desk, you always want to go larger. So we recommend a top that is at least 30 inches wide and deep. 

2 – Preparing the parts

Once your plan is ready, you can start preparing the pieces. Preferably you should look for a cube organizer that is already at the right height. Doing this will save you lots of effort and hassle later on.

If you don’t, you will need to secure a wood plank to the bottom to lift it a bit.

Besides this, the cubes shouldn’t be longer than the depth of the desktop. But don’t worry if it is slightly shorter. 

You also need to cut the plank for the surface if necessary. Mark out the dimensions beforehand and cut it with the jigsaw. Potentially you could ask the supplier to size them for you.

3 – Assemble

Next, you can put it all together. Start with the cubicle shelves. Space them so that they are the correct size for the surface.

Place the wood or MDF sheet on it. Secure it by countersinking the screws.

A man drilling wood

First, pick the drill bit that matches the size of the screw. Then drill holes through the top into the shelves. Ideally, you should attach it at each corner of each shelf, and it won’t hurt to secure it once in the middle, as well.

Now you can insert and tighten the screw.

4 – Paint and dry

Finally, you only need to decorate it. We recommend that you put a bit of wood filler over each screw so that it fills the holes. Let it dry and sand down for a smooth work surface.

After this, you can paint the desk piece by piece with the color or finish of your choice. Of course, this isn’t necessary if both the shelves and the top are made from MDF.




Crafter desk for sewing and quilting

One of the significant challenges of sewing, quilting, and any other craft that involves fabric is space. At times you will need to spread out the entire cloth to work on it. 

If you don’t have a proper craft desk for this, some people are stuck spreading it out on their dining table or even on their floor. Unfortunately, this means that your fabric can get dirty or messy. 

In the worst-case scenario, you can make mistakes when cutting because you need to work in a cramped space.

That’s why our tutorial will look at a crafter’s desk with a foldable top. This way, you can have all the surface area you need. But you can fold it away when it isn’t necessary. Unfortunately, like conventional homes, mobile homes are often just too small for everything you need.

Our inspiration for this project is this nifty desk by AnaWhite. Beware that this table is definitely more tricky than the previous one.

Supplies:

The basic supplies that you will need to get together are the following:

  • Screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Door hinges
  • Paint or stain
  • Miter saw or jigsaw
  • Sandpaper 
  • Sheets of plywood or MDF
  • 1x2s or 1x3s
  • Handheld drill
  • Paintbrush
  • Safety glasses
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Four caster wheels
  • Bubble level
  • Wood filler

Steps:

1 – Prepare the pieces

Start by deciding on the exact dimensions that you want for the table.

The sizes that we recommend for the pieces are the following:

  • Two 26 ¾ inch x 32-inch pieces for the sides
  • One 15 ½ inch x 32-inch section for the top
  • Two 12 inch x 32-inch parts to use as shelves
  • For the leaves, you need two 20 inch x 32-inch pieces

You should be able to cut this out of one Plyboard sheet. Measure and mark out the dimensions for each piece before you begin.

If you don’t want to do it yourself, take it to your local hardware store.

2 – Construct the box

The best place to start assembling is the box. This is the centerpiece of the desk, which has two shelves. One should be big enough for your sewing machine, and the other will work for the rest of your supplies.

You can begin attaching the pieces in whatever order you want to. However, it can be easier to start with the bottom shelf. First, attach one of the 12-inch x 32-inch shelves to the tips of the sides. You should place it vertically in between the pieces.

Move on from there to secure the middle shelf. You want to make the bottom one tall enough. Therefore, you should mount the second shelf about 15 inches up from the base. Afterward, you can attach the top.

Once again, you want to drill the holes and countersink the screws.

3 – Attach the leaves

Next, you want to install the leaves. Flip the box over to rest on the top.

Mark out at least three positions for hinges on each side. Align the 20-inch x 32-inch leaves with the top. Then you can attach each hinge.

4 – Optional: Secure the wheels

While the desk is upside down, it’s a good idea to attach the caster wheels. The step is only necessary if you want the table to be mobile. Otherwise, you can leave it out.

Secure a wheel to each corner of the base.

5 – Install the legs

Now, it’s time to measure the legs to rest the leaves on. It’s crucial that you only do this once the wheels have been attached (unless you’ve decided to leave them off). Measure the height from the ground to the underside of the table while it is folded open.

Cut the planks for the leg to match this height. You need two per side. 

Install the first leg in the corner of one leaf. Secure it with hinges that face the other corner so you can fold the leg inward. Then attach the other plank. Position it so that you can fold both in at the same time.

Repeat this for the other side.

6 – Finish the desk

Lastly, you only need to brighten up its appearance. Sand down any rough edges and apply a paint or stain if you want to. 

You could also fill the holes from the screws with wood filler for a smoother finish.

Pro tip: To make your life easier, you can stick a measuring tape to the surface so that you can measure as you work.




Crafter desk for scrapbooking

Another craft that comes with unique storage challenges is scrapbooking. You have to store a variety of supplies of all kinds of shapes and sizes like:

  • Paper
  • Ribbon
  • Tape
  • Photos
  • Buttons 
  • Stamps

Therefore, we are going to look at a desk with various storage options. 

The tutorial will cover how you can build a crafter’s desk that combines a work surface with a bookshelf. You will be building a table that rests on one of the shelves allowing you to keep all your goodies within arm’s reach.

This project allows you to really get creative with the design. Plus, it can help you save some much-needed space.

Supplies:

To complete this project, you will need to get:

  • Sturdy bookshelf 
  • Screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Plywood or MDF sheet
  • Measuring tape
  • Handheld drill
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes, paint tray and roller
  • Jigsaw
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Safety glasses
  • 1x2s or 1x3s (or a smaller bookshelf)
  • Wood glue

Steps:

1 – Draw your plans

The precise design of your desk will depend on your size requirements. Typically, scrapbooking doesn’t require a huge work surface. That’s why a 20 x 24 inch top should work well.

We recommend that you make this a sitting desk. So the height should be more or less 29 inches. 

However, all of these dimensions will depend on the bookshelf that you use. You can go out and buy a new one like Billy by IKEA. Or you can reuse one that is already standing around. Just check that there is a shelf that sits at the right height for a desk.

2 – Prepare the top

Next, you can prepare the individual pieces. 

Measure the inner width of the shelves to get the depth for your work surface. And then decide on the width of the desk.

You can cut the sheet yourself. Or take it to the hardware store.

3 – Cut the legs

Once the top is ready, you can work out the precise dimensions for the legs. You will need two, one for each corner of the desk that extends outwards.

Place the surface of the shelf. Ask someone to hold it in place while you measure the distance from the floor to the bottom of the sheet.

Now you can cut the legs into the right height.

4 – Assemble

The next step is to assemble all the parts. As long as all your measurements were precise, it can be easiest to start by attaching the legs. You can also substitute a small bookcase that is the same height as the shelf of your other bookcase (like the photo below). 

Place the top upside down on the floor. Apply a generous amount of glue on the spots where you want to attach the legs. Press the leg firmly down and repeat the process for the other one. Leave it to dry for at least 24 hours.

Finally, you can secure the top. Place the board on the shelf and make sure it is sitting snuggly. Then pre-drill the holes and countersink the screws.

5 – Finishing touches

All that’s left to do is the finishing touches. 

Apply wood filler to the over the screw heads if you want to. And sand down any rough edges. Then apply the paint or finish of your choice.

The shelves will work well for storage. But you can make it even better by trying the following hacks:

  • Arrange filing boxes on a shelf to store your paper in an organized and accessible way.
  • Store small bits and pieces in glass bottles.
  • Install a detachable rod in the bookshelf over which you can hook rolls of ribbon.
  • Use empty tin cans to store your pens and pencils in.
  • Install hooks to hang all your decorative scissors on.

The joys of do-it-yourself

Crafts can be a fantastic hobby. On occasion, it can be a great career too. It gives you the chance to develop your creative side and create some beautiful items for your home as well.  

Building a craft desk is an excellent step towards taking your skills to the next level. It can make it much easier and more fun to do. For more ideas on creating the right environment, check out how to turn a mobile home into a crafter’s paradise and creating a message board for your mobile home + why you need one.



 

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