DIY Kids Desk Plans With Storage Drawers

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Woodworking Build Plans for this beautiful DIY Kids Desk Plans With Storage Drawers.

Since all of my builds are things that I design and build to use in my own home, I almost never get the chance to build the same plan twice. But, since I have 2 little boys, I needed 2 of these desks. It was fun getting the chance to tweak the design on my DIY Kids Desk Plans with Storage Drawers a bit from 1 desk to the next. 🙂

You can find photos of the Flat Panel version of this sweet little childrens desk with storage here. I painted that desk red for my red loving little guy. And, went with light blue drawers on that red desk. You can see some pics of that red desk in some of the pictures below.

To change up the second desk a bit, I used bead board panels. I have to say, I really love both versions of this desk, but that bead board version of my DIY Kids Desk Plans with Storage Drawers is my favorite. On the blue desk, I went with light tan or khaki drawers. Which is your favorite??

DIY Kids Desk Plans with Storage Drawers. You can find Printable Plans, the full tutorial, and a build video for this beautiful kids desk on her site.  Pottery Barn Inspired Kids Desk Plans.
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Tools Needed for this Desk Build

It’s not necessary, but this Kreg Drawer Pull Jig makes installing pulls and handles incredibly quick and easy.

Watch the Build Video for this DIY Kids Desk Plans With Storage Drawers

Watch this short video to get a look at how this desk is built. The frame for the kids desk was joined with Kreg Jig Pocket Holes. The panels and moulding were added with wood glue and a brad nailer. This build takes time, but is definitely easy enough for a beginner woodworker.

You can find the full written tutorial and build photos on this DIY Childrens Desk Plans post. Or, you can watch the video and grab the printable build plans below. 🙂


A PDF Printable for my DIY Kids Desk Plans with Storage Drawers is available for purchase on Gumroad. If you find any of these steps confusing, the printable will help explain things better, with 3D plan images of each step and measurements 🙂

Step by step build plans for a wooden DIY Kids Desk with storage drawers. Build this beautiful little arts and craft or school desk for your kids. Printable build plans and build overview video included on tutorial.
My kids love having their own ‘office’. Those drawers are packed with their favorite drawings, toys, and Lego plans now. 🙂
Paintig the frame with my favorite line of paint for furniture and walls, Magnolia Homes by Kilz in the color Signature.
Painting the frame with my favorite line of paint for furniture and walls, Magnolia Homes by Kilz.

Which paint colors did I use?

To finish the red version of this DIY Kids Desk with Storage, I used Magnolia Homes Paint by Kilz, in Eggshell, color matched to DecoArt Chalk Paint in Rouge. Or you can just use DecoArt Chalk Paint in Rouge (it’s nice too).

The drawers on the red desk are painted the Magnolia Homes Paint by Kilz color Vibrant Horizon, in Eggshell. This is the same color I used on my kids’ bedroom wall.

On this blue version of the desk, I used Magnolia Homes by Kilz color Signature, in Eggshell. The drawers are painted Behr’s Sandstone Cove paint color.

I like the Magnolia Homes line because it’s so easy to work with on furniture and walls. Like chalk paint, it is quick drying and sands easily. I have to say, I don’t even prime with this paint. I’ve used this paint line in other colors on my DIY Laundry Table an DIY Console Table with Drawers too.

Step by step build plans for a wooden DIY Kids Desk with storage drawers. Build this beautiful little arts and craft or school desk for your kids. Printable build plans and build overview video included on tutorial.
These desks are in the playroom with the DIY Kids Play Kitchen I built them for Christmas, one year.

More photos of my DIY Kids Desk Plans with Storage Drawers

DIY Kids Desk Plans with Storage Drawers. You can find Printable Plans, the full tutorial, and a build video for this beautiful kids desk on her site.  Pottery Barn Inspired Kids Desk Plans.
I love that bead board so much. And, cove moulding always makes everything look beautiful!
DIY Kids Desk Plans with Storage Drawers. You can find Printable Plans, the full tutorial, and a build video for this beautiful kids desk on her site.  Pottery Barn Inspired Kids Desk Plans.
Using a different color inside drawers just makes furniture feel more special and custom.
Step by step build plans for a wooden DIY Kids Desk with storage drawers. Build this beautiful little arts and craft or school desk for your kids. Printable build plans and build overview video included on tutorial.
I used 1/2″ Birch Plywood for the top on the blue desk, with Danish Oil in Medium Walnut as the stain.
DIY Kids Desk Plans with Storage Drawers. You can find Printable Plans, the full tutorial, and a build video for this beautiful kids desk on her site.  Pottery Barn Inspired Kids Desk Plans.
Last week, someone emailed me with pictures of the desk she built based off my plans. It’s always so cool seeing how other people put their own spin on my plans. She turned that lower drawer into a cabinet on her desk. I love that idea too!
Grab the printable Woodworking Build Plans for this beautiful DIY Kids Desk With Storage Drawers. Includes full build steps and build overview video to help you build your own. DIY furniture plan for a kids executive style desk.
Another view of that beautiful moulding on the DIY Kids Desk Plans with Storage Drawers. 🙂

Step by step build plans for a wooden DIY Kids Desk with storage drawers. Build this beautiful little arts and craft or school desk for your kids. Printable build plans and build overview video included on tutorial.

Step by step build plans for a wooden DIY Kids Desk with storage drawers. Build this beautiful little arts and craft or school desk for your kids. Printable build plans and build overview video included on tutorial.
That color is a-mazing, right?
Hard at work in his office. 🙂

A PDF Printable for my DIY Kids Desk Plans with Storage Drawers is available for purchase on Gumroad. If you find any of these steps confusing, the printable will help explain things better, with 3D plan images of each step and measurements 🙂

Yield: 1 Kids Desk

DIY Kids Desk Plans With Storage Drawers

Full tutorial, build overview video, and printable plans for this beautiful DIY Childrens Desk Plans with Storage Drawers. How to Build a Kids School Desk with Storage Drawers.

Beautiful DIY Kids Desk Plans With Storage Drawers. Includes full build steps, a build overview video, and printable PDF plans.

Instructions

Check out my super cute DIY Kids Desk Plans with Storage and Style – lots of storage, guys!

  1. Here's an overview of the DIY Kids Desk Plans. A printable version of the plans with all steps, measurements, and 3D models is available for purchase above.
  2. The build has lots of steps, but it’s not hard. It’s a pretty simple frame to build. Then you just add some cove moulding and a plywood or beadboard panel to each opening. The hardest part of this build will be installing the drawers.
  3. Drawers are just sometimes a pain and take a bit of fiddling. But, you can do this! And, it’s totally worth it to get this great desk! The next time I install drawers, I’ll be using the Kreg Drawer Slide Jig. It looks like a huge help and time saver.
  4. Also, this desk size is best for grade school kids. Depending on the size of the kid, of course. Middle School and High School kids will need a bigger desk. You can always adjust this plan to add more height and a fourth drawer or a cabinet.

Step One

  1. We’ll use 2×2’s to construct the 2 desk sides and the middle of the frame. All 3 will be built the same way. Put 1 pocket hole on each end of the 9 – 2×2’s.
  2. Glue and screw 3 of the shorter 2×2’s between 2 of the longer 2×2’s. The first should be even with the top of the longer 2×2’s. The top edge of the second should be 6 1/2″ down from that. And the top edge of the third should be 3 1/2″ up from the bottom of the longer 2×2’s. Build 3 of these.

Step Two

  1. For the front and back “chair” sides of the desk, put 1 pocket hole on each end of 5 – 18″ 2×2’s. Glue and screw 2 of the 3 frames you built in Step One together with the 5 – 18″ 2×2’s. 2 of the 18″ 2×2’s will connect the 2 frames at the top edges of the front and back of the frames. 2 of the 18″ 2×2’s will connect the 2 frames 6 1/2″ down from the top edge. The last 18″ 2×2 will connect 3 1/2″ up from the bottom.

Step Three

  1. To complete the framing, put 1 pocket hole on each end of 6 – 16″ 2×2’s. These will connect the third side frame to the frame you assembled in Step Two. Glue and screw 2 of the 16″ 2×2’s at the top edges of the front and back of the frames. 2 of the 16″ 2×2’s will connect the 2 frames 6 1/2″ down from the top edge. The last 2 – 16″ 2×2’s will connect 3 1/2″ up from the bottom.

Step Four

  1. Now onto the moulding and panels for the DIY Kids Desk Plans with Storage. We will use 1/2″ x 3/4″ moulding to build a frame for the 1/4″ Plywood or Beadboard Panels. Cut 10 – 15 1/2″ long 1/2″ x 3/4″ moulding pieces to attach to the 15 1/2″ 2×2’s. Glue and nail along the 1/2″ side of the moulding, to leave enough room for the plywood and cove moulding.
  2. BE CAREFUL, you want these in the right spot. 8 of them should be on the short sides of the desk, flush with the inside edges of the 15 1/2″ 2×2’s.
  3. The other 2 will be flush with the inside of the opening for the seat on the lower part of the middle frame. If it helps explain this, you want the whole inside of the opening for the seat to look the same. So, the moulding on the left and right side should match.

Step Five

  1. Finish those 6 plywood panel frames with 6 – 12 1/4″ long 1/2″ x 3/4″ moulding pieces, on the 3 larger bottom sections. And 4 – 3 1/2″ long 1/2″ x 3/4″ moulding pieces. Glue and nail along the 1/2″ side of the moulding, to leave enough room for the plywood and cove moulding.

Step Six

  1. Both sides of the desk and the inside panels are done for now. Now, add 1/2″ x 3/4″ moulding to the back of the desk. You’ll need 4 – 18″ long 1/2″ x 3/4″ and 4 – 16″ long 1/2″ x 3/4″ moulding pieces.
  2. After gluing and nailing those in place (flush with the inside edge of the 2×2’s), glue and nail 4 – 3 1/2″ long 1/2″ x 3/4″ moulding pieces to the sides of the 2 top panels. And, 4 – 12 1/4″ long 1/2″ x 3/4″ moulding pieces will finish the sides of the 2 lower panels.

Step Seven

  1. Attach the flat or beadboard panels to the open areas on the DIY Kids Desk Plans with Storage, with the finish side facing out. Use wood glue, a brad nailer, and moulding to hold the panels in place,

Step Eight

  1. Carefully measure and cut the three drawer boxes. Make sure you are following the size recommendations on the drawer slides you picked to use.
  2. Once you have the drawers built and installed with a 3/4" setback. You can attach the 3/4" thick drawer face. Some people like to glue the faces in place. Some like to use 2-sided tape to hold the face in place while they screw the drawer box and face together from the inside of the drawer.
  3. Either works. Just make sure that you leave enough room around the face for the drawer to open and close without sticking.
  4. Once the face is attached,carefully measure and drill the holes for your hardware.
  5. Tip: I usually use Painters Tape securely attached to the inside of each drawer with a couple inches folded over hanging off the front of the drawer. This makes it easier to open if I accidentally close that drawer before the hardware is on.

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