Office Resources: How To Build Your Child A Desk
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Building furniture for your children will not only allow you to have fun, be creative, and save money, but it’s also something fun to do with your children. Kids need room to do their homework, use their computer, or just a place to draw and a desk fit for them will be perfect. Before you start building your child their own work space, there are a few things you’ll need to take into consideration such as the child’s gender, age, and height. This will help create something the child will love and something that will last them for years. Your child will love helping you customize the desk as well.
As children grow, their furniture will need to grow with them. What is suitable for a six year-old will not necessarily be suitable when the child becomes a teenager. Should the desk be used for a computer, it will need to grow with them which will ensure that there are no injuries caused due to repetitive motion. The height of the desk should be high enough that the child can look at a computer monitor straight on rather than lowering and raising their head. Also consider that the height of the keyboard should be where it is not necessary for the child to lower or raise their arms and hands more than a 90 degree angle, meaning their arms and hands are parallel to the child’s thighs. The desk also needs the flexibility to allow for any adjustments that may need to be made later to eliminate spending money on building an entirely new desk which will cost you more money.
Another thing to take into consideration is where the desk will be used. For instance, if the desk will be in the child’s room where there may not be a lot of space, you’ll want to build something smaller. If it will be used in a larger room, you will have more room to work with. Take measurements of the area the desk will be in, the child’s age and height, to determine what desk height and width will be the most suitable. Be sure to write your measurements down so that you can either draw out your own desk plan on paper or find a desk plan that fits the specifications.
If you’d rather find desk plans which are already available, the best thing to do is search the internet. There are many blogs and websites that have do-it-yourself plans with step-by-step instructions. You may also stumble upon a few home improvement websites where you can view images to spark some creative ideas of your own. Try searching some online stores for do-it-yourself books and magazines as well.
After gathering your plans or design inspiration, it’s time to gather the tools you’ll need. Exactly what will be needed will completely depend on the desk. To start, you’ll need a measuring tape to determine the height and width. You’ll need plywood or particle board for the desktop and possibly other areas of the desk depending on the design. A pencil will be needed to mark measurements as well. You’ll need something to cut the plywood with such as a circular saw. Sand paper will also be needed to make sure the desk is smooth. A hammer and nails, screws and a screw gun, or wood glue will be needed to assemble the desk. All of this can be purchased at home improvement stores such as Home Depot or Lowes. Other things that may be needed include an angle square, paint brushes, drawer slides or runners, wood finish or varnish, L brackets, and latex paint. Again, most of this can be purchased at your local home improvement store.
The great thing about building a desk is that there is a lot of room for customization. A little paint can make all the difference in the world to a basic desk with nothing more than a top and four legs. You child will love personalizing their new desk and helping you paint it their favorite color. Another fun addition may be stenciling their favorite characters or themes to give the desk even more character. Children will love helping and you both can be proud of the great piece furniture you’ve created together.
The following links will provide you with some great ideas and step-by-step instructions on your child desk project: