Asked on Jun 27, 2016

The desk in my office needs an upgrade

CS
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Years ago I found this desk on freecycle. I brought it home, painted it, and gave it some new hardware. I still love the desk. But it doesn't provide me with enough workspace. Can you recommend how I can increase the size of the workspace? I was seriously considering cutting the cabinet portion off of the writing area and adding a new top with more length. But I'm not sure how to do this and piece it back together. Plus I have this nifty desk chair I found on the curb. Any suggestions on updating that as well?
q the desk in my office needs an upgrade, painted furniture, painting wood furniture, woodworking projects
q the desk in my office needs an upgrade, painted furniture, painting wood furniture, woodworking projects
q the desk in my office needs an upgrade, painted furniture, painting wood furniture, woodworking projects
q the desk in my office needs an upgrade, painted furniture, painting wood furniture, woodworking projects
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  • William William on Jun 27, 2016
    Remove the drawer, and check underneath if there is a way the desk is connected to the cabinet. Most are connected with cam bolts. If they are, you can use a screwdriver to turn the cams and the desk should separate from the cabinet. Laying the desk on its back will make it easier. You can decide if you want to add an extension to the desktop or new top. To put it all together, remove the cam bolts, screw pieces of 1x2's where the desktop mounts to the cabinet and screw the desktop underneath to the 1x2's.

  • Jane Jane on Jun 27, 2016
    Knock the curvy edge off tap the hutch off, add a long piece of painted wood and renail the hutch back to it's original postion. No drawers lost.

  • Polly Zieper Polly Zieper on Jun 27, 2016
    I'd be afraid to cut it. I'd look for some sort of hutch or small shelves to sit on top.

  • Buster Evans Buster Evans on Jun 28, 2016
    well you could find a table the same height as the desk that you could slide in beside the desk and make it an L shape component unit... Im sure there are some narrow tables at thrift stores maybe 18" wide by 2 - 3 feet long the scrolled edge could stay and you could add those plastic drawer sets that walmart sells between the scroll part and the wall... you can turn the desk around against the wall to the left and the table would be against the wall where the desk is now... all could be painted to match the desk.

  • Polly Zieper Polly Zieper on Jun 28, 2016
    I've seen some 2-shelf units at Target or home depot that are meant for shoes, on the bottom of a closet, but I don't see why you couldn't use them on top of a desk. You'd just have to paint them to match.