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Built In Alcove Desk

Happy Monday friends!!

One of my sisters from another mister (and mrs.) has worked for the same financial institution since we graduated from college a very.very.very long time ago. This year she took a new job that allows her to work from home and gives her 2+ more hours a day that she had previously spent commuting to spend with her two cutie pie boys. She is one of the smartest and hardworking women I know, and to top it off her whole life is about her family, she is the most enthusiastic and fun mama, and THE most devoted and loyal friend. She gives everything her ALL and she also happens to make me cry laughing almost every time I talk to her. I couldn’t love her more or be prouder of her accomplishments!!

To give her a quiet spot to work, I built a desk into this little alcove in a hallway, inspired by similar projects by The Yellow Cape Cod and Halifax Bloggers. I wish I had some real pictures from my camera to share with you; please excuse the cell phone photography.

This was the alcove before, a little space outside the boys’ bedrooms that is set apart from the rest of the house, with beautiful natural light and a view of a garden. There is a bathroom and a great closet for office supplies in this hallway too.

I had a very cute helper on the job with me, he took his sanding job very seriously but what he really wanted was to use the hammer and nails 🙂

An adjustable shelf for the printer went underneath the desk.


The desk itself is a simple design – I attached a frame to the walls, and then the top was attached and trimmed out.

The bracket is an idea we got from The Yellow Cape Cod and is perfect for hiding the framing without compromising leg space at this tiny desk.

After the paint cured for a few weeks, I had a piece of tabletop glass cut and that really finished off the desk.

We were thinking that down the road this would be a great spot for homework or a shared computer for the kiddos. It’s just simple construction but it takes advantage of the space.

A faux roman shade is getting added to this space soon and I hope to share with you some pictures of the finished “alcoffice”!

What are you up to today? Whatever it is, work or play or a little of both, I hope you have a wonderful day. Tomorrow I am back in the saddle with Quick Tip Tuesday!

Thanks for stopping by!


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Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door

Wednesday 17th of September 2014

What a great friend you are! I love this idea.

Privet and Holly

Tuesday 16th of September 2014

This is awesome and Ican't wait to pin the finalresult!!! What about somebuilt-in bookshelves onthe two walls perpendicularto the desk? Or maybebulletin boards? Lots ofgreat possibilities for thissweet space.....!

xo Suzanne


Monday 15th of September 2014

So clever! Such a great use of space.

Jane Bernard

Monday 15th of September 2014

This is a great idea! We could do this in our bonus room where we've got two alcoves! It makes so much sense to actually use that space.

Vel Criste

Monday 15th of September 2014

Your so sweet to do this for her Lisa - you both are lucky to be friends! I love what you did, just a bit scared with that open window and a place for the boys to climb unto (the pediatrician in me is acting up), so just make sure the window will be shut tight or child-proof ;-)I can't wait to see it all done!