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Forum topic by deadherring posted 08-30-2018 11:31 PM 469 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-30-2018 11:31 PM

Hi all,

I work from home and am hoping to convince the wife to let me build a floating desk for a more permanent workstation than the current computer cart I am working on.

The picture above shows the corner in which I’d like to build it. I am hoping for between 6-7 feet wide (to the ‘right’ of the 90 degree corner shown ) and between 30-34” deep and then another few feet to the left of the 90 degree corner shown.

I am thinking about using about 1” thick material and have been thinking about using something nice like walnut or mahogany. If that ends up more than I want to spend then maybe pine with a nice stain. Open to ideas.

I am in the researching the best ways to mount the desk and have been browsing the forums to see what others have done. So far I’ve seen a suggestion to use these brackets

I’m wondering if there are other suggestions. Do you think the brackets will be very visible? Thinking I’ll mount the desk at about 30” high.

If anyone knows of good videos or articles showing a build such as this, please send my way.



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#1 posted 08-30-2018 11:46 PM

I think it’s too risky to build a desk or work area that large without aprons or legs.
What’s going to keep the top from sagging or warping?
Don’t make the mistake many others post with their failed builds because they are trying to invent something new.
Aprons look nice and so do legs it’s a time tested furniture construction that works.

-- Aj

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#2 posted 08-31-2018 12:18 AM

When I worked for the school district I made and installed what seemed like miles of computer counter tops down long wall in classrooms using this braces from FastCap many were 24 inch deep. Even with the kids we never had a problem. Maybe not what you’d call a full floating system but it eliminated use of leg and the chairs pretty hide the brackets. They make a 28’’ bracket. I woldn’t be afraid to go 30 inches

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#3 posted 08-31-2018 12:46 AM

My floating counter in our half bath is on sturdy metal brackets that are attached directly to the studs behind the drywall, similar to these

It’s more work to knock out and replace the drywall, but I have zero concerns about the brackets failing, and there is nothing to see (or hit your knee on) under the counter.

-- Brian Famous :: Charlotte, NC ::

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#4 posted 09-02-2018 09:59 PM

Thanks guys, some good suggestions on brackets I could use.

Any thoughts on building the desktop? Should I go with 1 by and glue it together then trim with something thicker to make it look beefier?

I was thinking the offset look looks nice (see the pic below—where the wood side by side is not the same length).

Any ideas or advice or pics of good examples is appreciated!


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