How to Make a Fold-down Desk in a Small Cape Cod Bedroom

Space-saving Fold Down Desk

Space-saving Fold Down Desk

As college students would be using this bedroom when home on breaks, I decided to add this little fold-down desk. I dithered for some time between the desk and a slide-out hamper. The desk won out only because I didn’t want to forfeit the closet space. Please bear in mind that this was a couple of years before tablets came onto the market.

Fold-down Desk in Fold-down Mode

I happened to have a piece of pine (leftover from a previous project), that was just the right size for the desk. I bought the folding brackets from Rockler. Of course, the wall studs were nowhere near where I needed them to be, so I had to hang the brackets from two pieces of poplar which are screwed firmly into the wall studs. The poplar boards add character, right? The medical stool came from somewhere online, as cheap as I could find. These medical stools are expensive little suckers. I keep meaning to put a small bulletin board on the wall above the desk but haven’t got to it yet. A recessed shelf is another idea. Maybe someday…

Space Saving Fold-down Desk

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