Friday, October 4, 2013

DIY Homework Counter

diy homework counter with storage shelves

How I built basic cubby style shelves with a long counter on top to fit the space in this family's eating area for a perfect diy homework counter.

It's counter height at 37" to accommodate the stools and has tons of great surface area for homework and papers:

diy homework counter with storage shelves

 The space started empty at 6' long x 18" deep and I built the unit in 3 pieces to fit the dimensions:

diy homework counter before and after
homework counter with open storage shelves

homework counter with open shelves

homework counter before and after
homework counter built to fit

How to build a homework counter:

1. Start with the cubby shelf carcass:

plywood cubby shelf

2. Add 1x2 trim for a finished look.

3. For the counter top I added a 1x2 at the front edge:
(the counter is upside down in this picture)

trim on homework counter

4. Fill all nail holes, sand and check for fit:

natural wood homework counter

5. Prime Zinsser cover stain and two coats high gloss white enamel.


  1. Your homework counter looks great, perfect for that space too!

  2. What an awesome little nook! Such a great use of that space. I really love the contrast of the white desk with the darker stained chairs-- very classy! I popped over from Home Stories A to Z. Thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

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  4. Great use of space, it fits so perfect! Looks great and so useful!

  5. Fantastic way to use that space effectively. Visiting from Remodelaholic. :)
    - Yvonne @ Sunnyside Up-stairs

  6. What a beautiful space! I would love to get some work done here! You've done a wonderful job!