An alcove office is the perfect solution if you are struggling to find a space working from home (which a whole load of us at doing at the moment). So with a little bit of time and imagination, you can turn a small space into a practical working area. Yay!
Keep scrolling to find the steps for this simple DIY and if you want more home office ideas head over to our feature.
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You will need:
For the table
- 1 x desk board (19mm medium-density fiberboard)
- 1 x narrow support strip for the back (cut to the same length as the desk board)
- 2 x narrow support strips for the sides (cut slightly smaller than the width of the desk board)
For the shelving:
- 2 shelf boards (19mm medium-density fiberboard (opens in new tab))
- 2 x narrow support strips for the back (cut to the same length of the shelf board)
- 4 x strips for the sides (cut slightly smaller than the width of the shelves)
- 23 x screws (opens in new tab), 6 x 80 mm
- 23 x screw anchors, 8 mm (depending on the structure of the wall)
- 8 mm drill bit (depending on the structure of the wall)
- 6 mm drill bit (for wood)
- Bosch PLR 50 C (opens in new tab) (Quick calculation of distances, areas and volumes)
- Bosch Uneo Maxx (opens in new tab) (Powerful ability to hammer, drive screws and drill into any surface)
- Bosch PMD 10 (opens in new tab) (Easy to use and detects common materials)
Step one: measure your alcove
Step two: check for wires
Before you fit anything in the alcove it is best to check for pipes or cables which may be hidden behind the walls. The best way to do this is by sweeping a detection tool, such as the Bosch PMD 10, across your walls. With its high level of reliability and precision, the PMD 10 will ensure that all common materials are detected and that you understand where is safe to drill.
Once you are sure that the wall is safe to drill through you can mark the height of where you would like the desk top and shelves to sit. Position the support strips at the sides and back of the alcove at the desired heights. Ensure that they are all level by using the incline measurement function on the Bosch PLR 50 C.
Step three: add the brackets
Use a 6 mm drill bit for wood to drill the fixing holes into the strips. We recommend using the Bosch Uneo Maxx cordless rotary hammer, which you can use as an electric hammer, drill and screwdriver.
Drill three fixing holes in each of the long strips (roughly 5 cm from the left-hand edge, in the center, and 5 cm from the right-hand edge) and two holes in each of the short strips (roughly 5 cm from the left-hand edge and 5 cm from the right-hand edge). Then use a pen to mark the position of the fixing holes on the wall.
Now use the 8 mm drill bit and the hammer function on the Bosch Uneo Maxx to make clean, precise holes. Then place a screw anchor in each hole to provide a secure hold.
Now attach the strips to the wall. Switch the tool to the screwdriving function, lay the strips against the wall and screw them firmly in place.
Step five: add the shelves
Once you’ve attached the side strips securely to the wall, all that’s left to do is position the desk board and shelves on top of them. You can also add your personal style by painting the shelves a bright colour.
Tip: If you’ve already got a desk, you could simply turn your alcove into a built-in shelving unit to give you extra storage space for keeping your home office supplies, or kitchenware in order, should your alcove be in your cooking or dining space.