DIY Ladder Desk With Shelves

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1 Day
If you are in need of a super simple project that is sure to be pretty and functional during this crucial time of e-learning and working from home, then this DIY Ladder Desk with Shelves is perfect. Plus, it can be done is as little as one day!
I researched several iterations of this shelf and they all looked pretty simple in design, so I decided to build one!
Here is what you need:
  • 3-8ft 1×3 pre-primed boards
  • Pre-sanded Plywood cut to your desired shelf sizes- each of my shelves are 14 inches deep and 29 inches long
  • 16  Everbilt 1 1/2 inch “L” brackets ( each pack comes in a pack of 4)
  • 2 Everbilt mending plates, aka straight brackets (each comes in a set of 4)
  • paint color of your choice (mine is painted Simply White)
  • I bought the flat “L” brackets but ended up not using them for this project.
Step 1.
To begin, I cut all my pieces out using my Ryobi tablesaw. You can look at the full post to see exactly how I cut them.
Step 2.
After everything was cut, I brought all the pieces in to assemble them.Everything was assembled using a combination of L brackets and straight brackets. See the full post for detailed instructions.
Step 3.
To attach the shelves, I attached “L” brackets to the wall using anchors and drilled the bottom of the “L” brackets into the bottom of the shelf.
Step 4.
After attaching the shelves, I painted everything using Simply White that I had color matched to Behr Paint.
Finished Project
That’s it. I love a super simple one-day project that anyone can do.I think I have a satisfied customer! lol.

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  • Melody Melody on Aug 19, 2021

    What a great looking room! The shelves are genius, but I’m terrified of those table saws, 😝

  • Carol Carol on Sep 21, 2021

    You did a FANTASTIC JOB on your shelves! Your daughter is very lucky to have such a lovely roo and talented mother! Thank you for sharing.