Brookstone Desk

A simple desk with cross bracing on the back to reminiscent of an old barn.


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Today, someone asked me if I was going to send Grace to preschool.

Grace?  But she's only three.

That's when preschool starts.  Three.  She's old enough.

Really?  Is my baby really ready to leave me for school?  Because I swear it was yesterday that she was waking up every hour to nurse.  Or reading the same book over and over again on the potty chair.  Or throwing food from her high chair.

I've heard it before, but it's taking on a new meaning.  The days are long but the years are short.

If it seems like yesterday she was in diapers, will tomorrow she be in college?  Scary thought, I have got to think about something else!

I'm going to think about today, and the reality that Grace is ready to go to school.  And while she might not need a homework desk yet, there are other mothers out there with kids that just yesterday were going to preschool, and today, they need a desk.

And wouldn't that be the perfect desk?  I would like this desk for myself!

And I normally dread building drawers because they can be so difficult to get just right.  But after the confidence boost from yesterday's drawers on my turned leg media console, I just had to make these drawers extra fancy.  Feel free to add some dividers in your drawer as you build it - the dividers are just going to make your drawers more organized AND stronger.  These drawers use 16" standard side mount drawer slides.

I could totally see this desk as a console with a few ottomans tucked under it too.  It's part of our Brookstone Collection, inspired by Pottery Barn Kid's Brookfield Desk.

Like the Pottery Barn Kid's Brookfield Desk, our desk is composed of pine boards.  Most of the boards are 1x4s, with the exception of the drawer box being 1x3s, and the desk top being a pine project panel.  And the legs are 1x3s and 1x2s joined to make the leg look like one.

If you are careful as you attach the legs together, the legs will appear seamless, as shown above on my media console.  This media console was built in a similar method as the Brookstone Desk, also made of pine. 

Shopping List: 

1 - 24" x 48" Pine Project Panel
2 - 1x2 8 feet long
4 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
4 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long
2 Sets of 16" Side Mount Drawer Slides

1 1/2 inch screws
2 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
2 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
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Ana, right now the Scribd doc says 'Brookstone storage bed'. This sounds super interesting, but obviously not what this plan is!

I totally understand about the off to college thing. My girl will be two years old in the morning, which is impossible since she was born yesterday.

My son just turned 4, and he didn't go to preschool last year... still up in the air this year. That to say, hey, you still have a year or 2 if you want it. :)

Thanks for always providing such great plans and personal posts. :)


We're planning to homeschool, so we're not worried about sending kids to preschool. My girlie turned 3 in May, and, frankly, she's already got most of the preschool stuff down--and she taught herself to read already. Just google for a kindergarten readiness checklist & make sure Grace knows all the stuff on it by the time she needs to--not difficult.

My daughter just turned six and will start first grade in a few weeks. First grade means homework; even though it won't be a lot I would love for her to have her own space. Your timing is perfect and the desk is beautiful.
Thanks Ana!
(Oh, and my son is 3 and he LOVES pre-school.) :)

Beautiful desk. I'm going to change the top just a little and make it a scrap booking desk, which I need desperately. My little one is 3 and is about to start school because she's special needs. I'm SO not ready :( She's still my little baby.

My Son turned 4 in feb so we are going to send him to preschool just 2 days a week. He didn't go last year. The two days a week should be just enough to get him used to the idea of school and the crowd of kids but not so much that I am losing my baby already!

i think sending kids to school at 3 is just a glorified excuse of daycare...what can they really learn in preschool that you can't teach them yourself? don't send your kids away until you have to because once they start school, you'll never have those days back when they were at home with you.

if you want social exposure...get a play group together...if you want a couple hours to a babysitting swap with a friend. that way you can accomplish the real goal (having some solo time) for free:)

Ana, I'd say keep her home another year. She'll be in school soon enough. We're at the other end of the spectrum this year, our baby is a senior. If I had it to do over....he would have missed a year of preschool.
And the desk is beautiful.

They grow up fast! My baby is 20. :-) Do you have any tips on installing the drawer slides? I've never installed them before but they look a bit scarey. Also, I'm toying with a drawer unit to hold 12x12 scrapbooking paper. Do you know where I'd find the metal pieces that go in the top of the drawer for hanging folders to slide on? Thanks for sharing all your hard work.

I hope you don't send her to preschool. Studies have shown there is no benefit in the long run for sending kids to preschool at 3 as compared to kids who just go to kindergarten. Like someone else said, it's like a glorified daycare at that age. They absolutely do not need it.

You could get a playgroup together and it would do just what it needed for your daughter-social skills with Mom right with her.

Any easy way to build in a keyboard tray in place of the drawers? Possibly with faux drawer fronts when closed? I'd love to make this for my computer desk, but keyboard tray is a necessity.

Hey! I'm very interested in building this desk, but there's something that's confusing me about the measurements that I see on the plan. For example, in the first step, it looks as if you attach two of the 1x4's flush to the 1x3, which would make the total width 5" (1" from each side, plus the 3" from the cleat). However, it looks as if the 1x4 front apron is supposed to fit perfectly on the sides of the box. I'm seeing this similar thing in several other places throughout the plan. Is there something I'm missing?

I'm trying to tweak the plans to make this an L shaped desk with a drawer off to the side. Any suggestions?