The concept of modern modular furniture is attributed to the Belgian architect, Louis Herman de Koninck, who, in 1932, designed the world’s first modular furniture concept for kitchens. The idea behind this is to make kitchen elements that would fit into any size kitchen, which would increase the potential market for the products, due to their broad target base. From this basic concept, a myriad of modular furniture has come into use, such as the modular workstation, modular chair, corner modular, and modular desk.
Here are the steps in building your own modular desk:
- Find a blueprint. Some good building websites, such as simplifiedbuilding.com, provide their clients with user-friendly designs which can be used as a pattern for their own building projects. For this particular project, find the modular computer desk design in the website’s various design links.
- Buy your materials. The next step is to pass by your local hardware or home improvement store to purchase the necessary materials. These will typically include pipes, modular wood, and attachment hardware.
- Measure your materials. After you have purchased the necessary materials, you have to measure these materials and trim them down according to the measurements indicated in the blueprint or the instructions that you have acquired. Use a vice to clamp down the pipes, and use a measuring tape to make the necessary measurements and markings.
- Cut the materials down to size. After all the materials have been measured and marked, you need to cut them to the appropriate sizes. There are several options available to you for cutting down your materials: the first is to use a pipe cutter, which will be easier to use with thinner-walled pipes. Another option is to use a hacksaw with at least 18 to 24 teeth per inch. Be warned, however, for this method will require the most amount of elbow grease from you. Yet another option is to use a metal cutoff saw, which will get the job done quickly, but which will also require you to use a face shield for protection. One more option is to use a cordless, portable band saw, which is one of the easiest ways of cutting your pipes to size.
- Put the pipes together. Once the pipes have all been cut down to the appropriate lengths, it is time to put the pieces together. Follow the instructions on how to put together the pipes and the connectors (those metal things shaped like elbow macaroni). These go together with the use of recessed set screws. Because of their location, these screws are relatively hard to reach, and thus, it is advisable that you use a power drill with the appropriate drill attachment to attach the pieces together.
- Build it from the bottom up. Start with the feet of the desk, and work your way up to the two upright posts. These can then be connected with a single bottom brace. Once you have secured this main foundation, you can start adding the various attachments that are characteristic of modular furniture, such as the shelf and desktop supports.
- Make your shelves. Once the structure is complete, you can move on to making the actual wooden shelves. Again, measure and cut the shelves based on the measurements given in the blueprint. Sand them down, and apply a good, even coat of paint.
- Put them all together. The last step is to attach your shelves to the main structure. This is usually done with the use of fender washers, coarse-threaded screws, and metal mounts.
You can now enjoy your own modular desk!