How to Make a Designer-Inspired DIY Flow Wall Desk Dupe

We are back with a new episode of Can I Really Make That? The viral Flow Wall Desk by Robert Van Embricqs has been spamming me, you, and everybody on the planet. I don’t know whether to classify this as furniture or art; it’s literally so genius. So today, we will attempt to make our own DIY flow wall desk dupe.

Flow Wall Desk by Robert Van Embricqs

Tools and materials

1. Make the tabletop

First, we’re going to make the half-circle shape for the tabletop. To do that, I have a thick piece of wood, around 3cm (1.18 inches) thick. I wanted thick, sturdy wood for this DIY because we’re going to be cutting a lot of holes in it later and I wanted to make sure it would hold.

Use a measuring tape to find the center, tape string to that point, and attach a pen to the end of the string. Then, draw your half circle.

Drawing a half circle for the tabletop

2. Measure & mark the wood pieces

Next, stack the wood pieces side by side, following the curve of the tabletop. I kept the distance between each in increments of 3cm (1.18 inches) and a little more for the ends, as shown. Towards the center of the tabletop, the increments were smaller.

Draw around the ends to get the shape we need to cut.

Measuring and marking the wood pieces

3. Mark the wood pieces to the same length

As you can see, I took the shortest of the lengths and marked all the others against that. However, I won’t cut this until nearer the end of the process.

Marking along the wood pieces

4. Cut the tabletop

Cut out the staggered pattern along the curve with your jigsaw.

Cutting out the tabletop with a jigsaw

So this is what you should have so far.

Cut template for the flow wall desk

5. Add the hinges

First, mark every section of wood so you know which pieces go where.

Marking the wood pieces and placement with letters

I needed the hinges to fall to the front, so I’m keeping them on the edge, then I’ll put the wood pieces directly on them.

Remember to drill a tiny hole before you insert your screw, or else the wood is going to pop.

Repeat for the entire length of the table.

Screwing the hinges in place

Screw the wood pieces to the other sides of the hinge.

Attaching the hinges

6. Adjust the end pieces

As you can see in the original, there is a slight bend on the end pieces to help the desk attach to the wall. I decided to use two end pieces for either side for more stability.

Looking at the flow wall desk as reference

Measure 4cm (1.57cm) from the top and cut straight.

Measuring the end pieces

Then, add the hinges to the top. This time, in the opposite direction because we want it to fold away from the wall.

Attaching the hinges for the end pieces

This flexibility allows the desk to open without scraping the wall.

Hinges on the end pieces

7. Drill the desk to the wall

Once you have everything set and you know where you want your desk to be, drill holes in the end wood pieces.

Drilling the end pieces

8. Mark where the metal rod will go

Now, we’re going to insert a metal rod through all of the wood pieces in the middle, so that they don’t fall forward when the desk is opened. Attach it in place, then mark along the wood pieces where it needs to be.

Marking where the metal rod will go

9. Cut the wood pieces

Remember that we marked the length of the wood pieces at the beginning? Now you can cut them with your jigsaw.

Cutting the wood pieces to length

10. Make the attachments for the metal rod

Most tutorials would tell you to drill holes for this step, but we’re going to do something quicker, easier, and budget-friendly! We’re going to use string to hold the rod in place. Mark where the string will go; this accounts for the movement and flexibility of the rod.

Marking where the string will go

Then, attach string along those lines.

Attaching the strings to the wood pieces

11. Drill a hole in the tabletop

Finally, we’re going to drill a hole here at the back middle of the desk. This way, we can use our finger to open the desk.

Drilling a hole in the tabletop

12. Hang the desk

For this part, you will need some help in the form of another person, as it’s very heavy; I have my husband. We’re going to hang the desk and insert the metal rod at the same time.

Hanging the DIY flow wall desk

DIY flow wall desk dupe

Here is the finished DIY flow wall desk dupe! What do you think of it? Of course, it’s not a perfect replica of the original, but I think this is an achievable, basic DIY version that someone can recreate at home as a fun project.

I plan to give this a lick of paint in the near future, but I haven’t decided on a color yet. I have quite eclectic taste so, any recommendations?

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  • Wyldecent Wyldecent on Jul 06, 2023
    Impressive! What about painting every piece a different color? Or use metallic paint? Either would look great
  • Linda Moore Linda Moore on Jul 07, 2023
    Awesome job! I like the natural look of the wood. I would just go over it with a polyurethane, and let the wood speak for itself.