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Murphy Desk

Hey guys! So excited to be sharing my latest project over here on Ryobi Nation!
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.

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Check out my DIY Murphy Desk!

**Exclusive Feature**:
Click here to download Shanty 2 Chic's blueprints for this How-To!


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


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This is a really simple build!
Start by building the box of the desk. I chose to use pocket holes for this part, but wood glue and the new 16-gauge finish nailer would also work perfectly!


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Once you have the box built, you will add the top and bottom brace pieces. These are used to attach the desk to the wall. Again, the finish nailer and glue would work perfectly on this part. After attaching those pieces, you add your shelves. You can add as few or as many as you want!


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The desk top is planked wood. I used my Ryobi 18V drill to attach the planks using 1.25" pocket hole screws.


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Before painting everything, build the leg frames.


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I found it easiest to paint each piece separately on this part. Once it dries, add some wood glue and attach the chalkboard panel to the planked top!


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Everything is ready to attach now! I used these 1.5" hinges from Home Depot for my bottom hinges and 1" hinges for the top hinges. You have to use the narrower hinges on the top since you have less width.

To attach my desk to the wall, I first found and marked the studs. Next, I used 3" wood screws through the top and bottom desk braces and into the wall. The desk sits 26" off the ground, so you may want a helper on this part. I put a stool under mine to hold it in place while I attached!
This desk is so versatile too! My oldest wants one to use as a vanity. It gives her a place to pretty up while hiding her makeup from the babies at the same time ;-)

Be sure to download and print the full set of FREE plans too!


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Comments (34)


Shell1275
Shell1275

I love this idea! Can't wait to build one for my son!


foustwo_125980
foustwo_125980

Great idea! I saw a nail tech do this for her nail station in her hair salon. Brilliant!


ambrosila
ambrosila

I feel like this would be perfect for a crafting station in an apartment.


ashleeault
ashleeault

Great idea. I'll be doing this in my garage for a pull down table to do my wood projects and will store my paints/stains on the shelf inside


Kiarajeleen
Kiarajeleen

I love the chalkboard idea, you'd never guess it was a desk.


monee2000_115458
monee2000_115458

Such a great idea! I can think of so many ways to use this! Thanks for sharing!


Savagecm
Savagecm

Love this, perfect for my small house as craft station!


mlcarrill_126923
mlcarrill_126923

This would be great for my kids bedroom.


Jennsaunders77
Jennsaunders77

Love this!


lisannefrank_126223
lisannefrank_126223

Can not wait to make this!! Perfect for the upcoming school year.


noyesfamily
noyesfamily

This would be great for cutting patterns on!


Lovedbyhisgrace
Lovedbyhisgrace

With three kiddos (twins in 2nd grade and a son in 3rd grade) having a homework area for each is becoming a necessity! This is a perfect project to solve the problem while allowing the space to be utilized for play when not in use! Love it! Gotta get to building them ;)


amyw85
amyw85

So awesome!!! Would love to win some tools!


Sublimsos
Sublimsos

This is neat! I think we'll have to try it!


CharlotteSears
CharlotteSears

Anything "Murphy Design" is the best for space design and use! Can't wait to try this!


tyrone
tyrone

I would have never thought of this idea. Thanks i love it and will do it this weekend


vishar
vishar

this is amazing!! but i wish there was a video for it :(


thodollaro
thodollaro

Very nice! Thank you!


mgr852
mgr852

maravilloso tutorial. me ha encantado


Allie
Allie

This is so cool! Living in a tiny (445 sf) unit, this might be a great space saver!


bersali
bersali

wow it's a beautiful idea can you please give me the mesure in centimeters ? thanks !


stacid33
stacid33

I so need this in my life


stacid33
stacid33

I so need this in my life


loveshercoffee
loveshercoffee

This is perfect for creating a crafting area in a dual-use space! I'm definitely going to make one.


SonjaB
SonjaB

I love this idea as an ironing board when you are short on space!!


cabbie_17
cabbie_17

I want this. My apt is small so it would be perfect


JanisSpear
JanisSpear

Is there any way to convert these measurements to metric please? I understand that you can convert each measurement, but perhaps there is a better way to do it so that the numbers are whole?

Thanks so much


Oxboll
Oxboll

Thank you, it was just the idea I needed for my new studio :-)


LizsFL
LizsFL

Tyvm for providing a Murphy desk "how to"! Almost every other "pin" sucked as it was merely a link to a store (ie, Amazon) where these types of desks are quite expensive! Ty for providing the Best tutorial out there!


LizsFL
LizsFL

Ps. Will let u know how it turns out! Awesome step by step instructions! And the best part? As a gal who's always wanted to but has never built a thing, I actually think I can do this! Rock on ladies!


elizabell
elizabell

looks good


chrodoc
chrodoc

simplicity is beautiful!


Drew1937
Drew1937

Wish the pics were better


Ms. Fixit
Ms. Fixit

This is awesome. I have two drop down tables that I made already but didn't think to make a box with a frame. I'll play around with the measurements and make it a sewing/craft station that holds my sewing machine inside. I'm short on space since my craft room turned into my nursery. I will put a mirror in the framed area or use chalkboard paint and add a latch at the top to secure it closed. Now to convince my husband that since I made it, it's mine. I'm sure he will be having me make several as gifts once he sees my finished product.


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Project Information

Difficulty: Intermediate
Category: Furniture, Other

Materials Used:

  • Wood Glue

  • (1) 1x8x10' Pine or whitewood board

  • (2) 1x6x8' Pine or whitewood board

  • (1) 1x6x22-1/4" board (optional for 3rd shelf - shortest board you can find)

  • (2) 1x2x8' Pine or whitewood board

  • (1) 1x3x8' Pine or whitewood board

  • 3" wood screws

  • Brad nails (handful)

  • (75) 1-1/4" pocket hole screws

  • (2) 1-1/2" piano hinge

  • (2) Folding leg brackets (optional)

  • (1) 19" x27-7/8" x1/4" panel chalkboard, pywood or dry erase board

  • Finish of choice

  • (1) Suitcase or swivel latch

  • Magnets (1 pair - optional)

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