DIY Desk Using a Hollow Core Door and Some Cube Storage

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$140
1 Day
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Desks for Any Room…

I have wanted new desks for our two boys’ rooms for a LONG time. I’d been looking for a new project, and a custom DIY Desk was it!


I decided to use Hollow Core Doors and Cube Storage Units to make these desks.

DIY Desk Materials

Step 1 in making a DIY Desk Using a Hollow Core Door and Cube Storage, Put Together the Cubes…

Assemble the cubes. I purchased a 2 cube unit and a 4 cube unit at Target and put them together myself. It took less than an hour to make all 4 units.

Step 2, Addressing the Height Issue…

The cubes are 14 inches deep and 30 inches high, and the hollow core door/desk top is 24 inches deep, so we decided we needed some table legs to hold up the back. They don’t make table legs that are 30 inches high, or at least any that we could find, so we purchased the 28″ size. Since we needed to add 2 inches in height so the legs would reach the floor, we ended up buying 2, 1″ x 4″ x 96″ boards. We cut them down to 80″ and then glued them to the door using this wood glue. See below…Then we put some weights on them and let them dry overnight. (They did have 36″ table legs that we could have bought and then cut down to 30″, but we choose to do it this way instead. We thought the extra wood would hold the table leg brackets better, rather than just screwing them into the hollow core door.)

We still needed one more inch to make it 30 inches high, so we cut 4″ x 4″ pieces using the left over wood from the previous step and then glued those to the corners and installed the brackets for the table legs. We also put some screws in, as you can see below just to reinforce the board.

Step 3, Painting…

Paint the doors and the table legs. I decided to keep it simple and just paint them white. After I painted, I sealed everything with Minwax Polycrylic Satin Water-based Polyurethane. I used 3 coats. Everything dried so fast since I was working in my extremely hot 92 degree garage.

Step 4, Assembly…

Once everything was dried and sealed we brought all the pieces up to the kids rooms to assemble them. We glued the cubes to the bottom of the doors and then let them dry for about 4 hours. Then we screwed in the legs and carefully flipped the desks over and placed them where we wanted them.

Step 5, The Finishing Touches…

This was my favorite step! I found these peel and stick rolls of white board paper on Amazon. They measure 78.74″ x 17.7″ inch which is a tad smaller than the door/desk top which is 24″ x 80″ which was fine with me. I carefully stuck them to the top of the desk making sure to get rid of any bubbles, and my son quickly got to work drawing a race track. He can erase and re-do as he wishes! Pretty cool huh? Or, when school starts back up they can use them for solving math problems or whatever homework they are doing. I had thought about painting the tops with chalk board paint, but then found the white board paper and liked it much better.

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  • Danielle
    Danielle
    on Jul 13, 2018

    Very nice! Did you use the legs in back instead of adding a wall brace so the desk would be portable?


  • Jc Arndt
    Jc Arndt
    on Aug 20, 2020

    What color white paint did you use on the door to match the cubes so well?

  • Christie
    Christie
    on Sep 11, 2020

    Did you make the bulletin board too? I love that size. Would love to know if you made it or bought it somewhere. Thanks

    • The House house
      The House house
      on Sep 11, 2020

      I did make it. The board was actually an old flat box spring for my kids old bed. When we moved and got new beds I leaned one of these boards against the wall and it dawned on me to make it into a cork board.

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  • Wille Kerns
    Wille Kerns
    on Apr 30, 2019

    i am using the SmartDesk DIY kit to DIY a standing desk? #diystandingdesk

  • Jaime
    Jaime
    on Jul 15, 2020

    Great Idea! Could you share with some information on the framed board above the desk. Thank you!


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