Short on Space? Add a Cabinet to the Wall for a Laptop
Don’t have a lot of space, or like the minimalist look? This nifty wall cabinet is for you! The DIY plans to build a Laptop Wall Desk feature a drop-down front to hold the laptop, plenty of spaces to store office supplies, as well as a drawer underneath. This cabinet is a very easy build and is designs to be secured directly to the wall studs. Drop-down hardware for the laptop shelf is required!
- 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws (<– affiliate link!)
- 1-1/4″ brad nails
- Edge banding, optional
- Strip of 1/2″ cork material
- 1 set of hinges
- Drop-Down Hardware, like this
- Cabinet pulls
- 1 magnetic catch
- Wood glue
- Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
- Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)
- 1 – 2′ x 4′ sheet of 1/2″ plywood
- 1 – 4′ x 4′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood
- 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 6″ x 18-1/2″ – Cabinet Frame
- 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 6″ x 26″ – Cabinet Frame
- 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 18-1/2″ x 24-1/2″ – Cabinet Back
- 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 5-1/2″ x 24-1/2″ – Drawer Shelf
- 2 – 1/2″ plywood at 4-1/2″ x 14″ – Shelf Dividers
- 2 – 1/2″ plywood at 4″ x 4-1/2″ – Shelves
- 1 – 1/2″ plywood at 5″ x 15-1/2″ – Angled Divider
- 1 – 1/2″ plywood at 4-1/4″ x 23-1/4″ – Drawer Box Bottom
- 2 – 1/2″ plywood at 3-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ – Drawer Box Sides
- 2 – 1/2″ plywood at 3-1/2″ x 24-1/4″ – Drawer Box Front & Back
- 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 13-3/4″ x 24-1/4″ – Drop Down Shelf
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Edge banding will be applied to the exposed edges of the plywood prior to assembly.
Cut the pieces for the frame. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the cabinet side pieces. Assemble the frame using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.
Cut the piece for the back and drill pocket holes in all four edges. Secure the back to the frame using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The pocket holes will face to the back of the cabinet.
Cut the piece for the drawer shelf and drill pocket holes in the shorter ends. Secure the shelf to the sides as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.
Cut the pieces for the dividers, the small shelves, and the angled divider. Cut a 26° angle in one long edge of the angled divider. Secure the shall shelves and the angled divider to the dividers using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.
Insert the assembly in the cabinet on top of the drawer shelf securing in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails through the back and sides. The assembly will be flush with the back.
Glue a piece of cork to the upper back above the angled divider, if desired.
Cut the pieces for the drawer box. Secure the sides to the bottom using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails, then secure the front and back.
The drawer will fit into the cabinet under the drawer shelf.
Cut the piece for the drop-down shelf. Install the hinges on the shelf and the cabinet.Install the drop-down hardware according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions. Install the magnetic catch to keep the door closed.
Finish as desired.
This cabinet can also be finished in a variety of ways – painted, stenciled, stained, etc. It can also be installed at chair height or a height that is comfortable when standing. The cabinet would be great in an entryway or kitchen, especially when referring to recipes while cooking! Have any questions about the DIY plans to build a Laptop Wall Desk? Leave a comment below!