Much like any other piece
of furniture, selecting computer desk plans
bit of fore thought. There are a number of questions that
you need to ask yourself before committing to a design.
This will save some disappointment after the project is
Consider these 10 points before getting started.
- When planning your office make sure there is
sufficient power close to where you plan to put your
desk. It is possible to have power
points right at your desk if
there are computer components that are only used occasionally.
- Use a species of wood that is going
to be able to resist the heavy weight of the computer
components. A hardwood
species such as Oak or Maple will provide the strength
needed to resist these forces.
- Using the right species of wood will resist the weight
of the computer components but the joinery used should
also provide the maximum gluing surface area and thus
the maximum strength. Joints like dado's for the carcase,
dovetails or finger joints for the drawers and mortise
and tenons for any end grain to side grain connections.
- Be aware that solid wood expands and shrinks with changes
in humidity. This is important on any solid wood project
and should be accounted for when attaching the desk top
to the carcase.
- If you intend to store file folders or
other heavier items in the drawers of your computer desk
it is important
to use hardware
that will carry the weight of these items.
- Plan for the number and size of computer components
that you have now or intend to get in the future. Choose
a set of computer desk plans that will provide enough
space for all your needs.
- If you are limited for space consider storing some
of the components in the desk.
- If you intend to store your computer tower in a closed
part of your desk be sure that there is adequate
- Use keyboard trays to free up space on your desk and
provide a dust free storage place while it is not in
- Be considerate of ergonomics. Most computer desk
plans are fine in this respect but if you draw your own
make sure that you are going to be comfortable with the
finished product. Visit a furniture store to get ideas
about keyboard height, etc.