Wall-to-Wall Built-In Desk: Part 1, The Plan

How to create a huge built-in homework desk using cheap Ikea Rast dressers!

On the second floor of our home we have a little loft space that separates our master bedroom from the two kids’ bedrooms, their bathroom, and the laundry room. It’s a great place for the kids to hang out in the morning and begin their daily wrestling match to the death, and it’s where my son and husband park during the evenings to play Xbox together.

The only downside of this room is that it is quite long and narrow, which makes furniture options a bit harder. Until this past winter, we had a sectional in this room pushed up against that back wall underneath the three picture frames. This left a lot of open space for the kids to play but no one ever sat on the couch because it was so far away from the television. Just before Christmas we purchased these two dark brown faux-leather recliners pictured below. They are the perfect chairs for hanging out up here; power-reclining with cup-holders, an outlet, USB ports and storage in the arms. Plus they are easily wipeable. The media center is made out of Ikea Besta cabinets and components and I added crown moulding to the top to kind of finish it off.

How to create a huge built-in homework desk using cheap Ikea Rast dressers!

How to create a huge built-in homework desk using cheap Ikea Rast dressers!

How to create a huge built-in homework desk using cheap Ikea Rast dressers!
How to create a huge built-in homework desk using cheap Ikea Rast dressers!

When I purchased these chairs I moved them closer to the media center so they were a better distance from the television, but that left a weird space behind the chairs. In the model home of our floorpan, they had a sectional sofa and then a table behind that to provide additional seating. It looked great but I didn’t think it would work as well behind our two new chairs. (Also, WHOA was that model home bold and bright. Not my style really but I can appreciate it. Would be fun in a vacation home!)

How to create a huge built-in homework desk using cheap Ikea Rast dressers!
How to create a huge built-in homework desk using cheap Ikea Rast dressers!

Instead, I thought up a plan to make a long built-in desk on that far wall instead. This would kind of separate the room into two zones, and would give my children a place to draw and color, and eventually do homework. Get ready for a sweet mock up…

How to create a huge built-in homework desk using cheap Ikea Rast dressers!
Boom.

My plan involved using two solid wood Rast dressers from Ikea that are only $35 each. Unfortunately, as I was just looking them up to link them here, it appears Ikea no longer sells them?! What the heck. These dressers are alllll over Pinterest with different hacks others have done. I can’t believe Ikea would pull them from their stores. Bum-mer. Luckily, I had purchased mine months and months ago in preparation for this project. In fact, I have had all my materials for months but kept pushing this project aside for some reason. Finally, this past weekend was the time to get it done. Stay tuned to learn all about how I did it in my next post!

How to create a huge built-in homework desk using cheap Ikea Rast dressers!