There's been a trend lately of cube bookcases; many different brands manufacture them most notably- Closetmaid. Being that space is a concern (I share my craft room with the "office") I knew from the start that I wanted to use the cube bookcases (I ended up with the 2x3 units- $40 each) to add storage below my desk while serving as a base for the desktop. I love things that serve dual-purposes!
I count myself lucky to live a mere five miles from an Ikea. Why do I love Ikea? Well, for someone like me that needs to put my own spin on everything, their cost-effective (a.k.a. cheap) products allow me to push my creative limit without fear of wasting too much money if the end result is not what I was hoping for.
As far as desks, Ikea has started to sell pieces of desks, specifically different size tops and legs, that allow you to customize. I wanted to maximize the available space by creating an L-shape desk. To do so, I attached two different-sized desk tops together, securing with some steel brackets. I also purchased two sets of 6 inch legs, total expenditure of about $40.
Now, of course, I can't stand a plain white desk, so the next step was to customize some doors to add some color. It was important to me to make sure that however I chose to customize the desk it would not be permanent. I change my mind and my style a lot. I knew it would be easier to simply peel a temporary cover off of each door rather than to scrape and sand whatever design.
|One of the finished doors with the door pull attached.|
The process was a bit tedious, as each door needed to be wrapped and the corners glued to ensure a smooth finish. After about 2 hours I had all 6 doors done and attached to the book cases. I'm really happy with the final result! The total cost for this custom desk was around $150, so not too bad.
I've added a few more baskets since this picture was taken to help organize some of my high-demand supplies. All in all, it's a perfect craft command center for me, now I just need to get to work doing some more crafting!