Floating Office Desk


Video Tutorial Below

Make your own Floating Office Desk using these beginner friendly DIY plans. These plans are for anyone looking for a clean and solid wooden desk, that can be customized to any size. We built this desk using standard construction 2×4’s as they are cheap and readily available. However, you can use any lumber (within reason) that you can source.

These simple to follow step-by-step plans show you how to select and prepare the lumber. How to glue it up and how to create the ‘floating’ effect. Note that you will need at least two walls and a drawer unit (or leg) to achieve the look photographed. Or you can do without the drawer unit if you have three walls available to support the desk from. The drawers are not included in these plans.

Printable PDF plans include:

✓ Step-by-Step instructions
✓ Lots of pictures
✓ Accompanying video tutorial
✓ All measurements are in both Standard (imperial) and Metric
✓ Materials shopping list
✓ Tools list with recommendations
✓ Single-use license, not for resale or professional use

Desk dimensions can be customized to any size you want. Plans also include a handy guide to desk ergonomics to help you choose the best size for you.

The wood panel glue-up technique used in these plans is a fundamental skill for any woodworker. While here it is used for an office desk, it could equally be used for any surface (dining table, coffee table etc).

PLEASE NOTE: This is a digital product, and nothing will be shipped to you. Ensure your email address is correctly entered on the checkout page to receive your download link immediately after completing your purchase. Once the file is downloaded, no refunds can be provided, however if you have any questions whatsoever, please get in contact and we will do our utmost to remedy any questions.


YouTube video

Skill Level

Beginner Project… should be achievable to anyone with access to the tools below. The trickiest step is clamping during the glue up, so take extra care here and you’ll be just fine.

Metric or Imperial Units

The plans are written in both Metric and Imperial units.

Required Tools

Helpful Tools


The items listed below are only approximate.

Materials Required

  • CLS 38 x 89mm lumber (aka 2 x 4’s which confusingly actually measure 1.5″x3.5″).
    • Though any lumber will work that is square and can be glued up.
  • Wood Finish – we recommend using Hard Wax Oil­
  • CLS 33 x 45mm lumber (or something close), (only if wall mounting)
  • Stretcher Plates (only if wall mounting)

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Are the plans good?

Yes, we believe they are! We spend a lot of time ensuring our plans are easy to follow and result in an enjoyable build. Our plans have lots of pictures, alongside clear and concise language.

Also, if you have any questions, please send us a message. We will be happy to answer your questions and welcome the opportunity to make our plans better for the next person.

Here’s a brief article we wrote about why we are confident you will be happy building from our plans…

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How do I download the plans after purchase?

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Do I have the skill level to complete these plans?

That is a question only you can answer. What we can say, is that we make every effort to make sure our plans are easy to follow for both expert and beginner. We also say above if we recommend the plans for Beginner, Intermediate or Expert, with a short description why.


If the plans come with an accompanying video, we would recommend you watching that first. If you still aren’t sure, maybe test yourself first with one of our beginner friendly projects.

What if I can’t get the same dimension lumber?

We understand that finding the same size lumber can be difficult. Read the ‘Materials Required’ section carefully. We try to specify if a dimension is critical or if you can substitute for something close. Our plans try to accommodate variation in lumber dimensions wherever possible.

Please read the entire manual before ordering any wood, once you have a good idea of the process, it should all become clear.

I don’t have all the required tools, what do I do?

The nice thing about woodworking, is that there are many ways to do something. Our plans will often offer alternative methods of completing a step, although for obvious reasons, it isn’t possible to include all the ways in our plans. But usually it isn’t hard to find a workaround.


For instance, we might say you need a band saw, but you could use a jig saw. We try our best to list the tools required, with potential alternatives.


If however there is an essential tool that you just can’t do without. Then I am sorry, this isn’t the right project for you. Or maybe it might just be the excuse you need to buy new tool. ;)

What tools do you recommend?

We have a whole section of our website dedicated to answering that question. TOOLS WE USE lists all the tools we use on a regular basis along with a short review of that tool and links where you can purchase them.

Your video gives everything away, why should I buy the plans?

It’s true we give away a lot of information in our videos, and for some that will be enough. But our YouTube videos are primarily for entertainment and we must edit them down significantly to keep them appealing.

Our plans go into much more detail about the various steps, alongside various hints and tips we just don’t have time for on YouTube. Also, we believe it’s very helpful having a printable document, that can accompany you into the workshop.

For projects that require Specific Dimensions, Templates or DXF or STL files, the plans are essential.

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