Built-In Desks and Spaces

By Robert Robillard on Design

Built-In Desks, Niches and Spaces

Built-ins transform dead space in your house into functional spaces and help you get organized by adding new storage options without adding onto your home.

Well designed built-ins should tie in with other architectural elements in your house, such as crown molding, trim and wainscoting.

Homework Alcove

This homework station in a boy’s bedroom was designed by architect Jay Haverson to fit inside an alcove between a clothes closet and a bathroom. In new construction like this, framing out the area is simple. To retrofit an existing bedroom for a built-in desk, you could colonize a closet or steal space from an adjoining room for a bump out.

Image: TOH.com.


Closet Desk – On A Budget:

Every closet / desk design can be customized to meet an individuals wants and  needs.   Built ins installed in a closet space can keep the doors or you can remove them depending on whether you want to hide the desk.

This particular desk was not finished at the time of the photo.  We added a full extension drawer.   The desk had a 4 gang outlet box, internet and an overhead fluorescent light.

I recently made a custom window seat for this window alcove.  [photo below] The customer originally had a stand alone bench in this spot but wanted something more permanent and with storage.  We decided on a window seat with a hinged lid.

The two recessed panels match the panels in the two adjacent doors.  The customer finished off this look with a customizes cushion and matching curtains.

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Robert Robillard

Robert Robillard

Carpenter / Remodeler / Editor / Writer / Video Talent

Robert Robillard is a remodeler, general contractor, and principal of a carpentry and renovation business located in Concord, Massachusetts. He also writes the "Ask the Carpenter" advice column in the Boston Globe, and serves as the Editor of Tool Box Buzz and founding editor of A Concord Carpenter . Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review - Tool and Product Review - Video Channel, , where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the remodeling industry. The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob <a href="https://profiles.google.com/concordcarpenter"

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