Sneak Peek: Hidden Desk Armoire Made from 2 Bookcases

Sneak Peek: Hidden Desk Armoire Made from 2 Bookcases

Janel Laban
Mar 10, 2008

Thinking about squeezing in a home office, crafting center or simply a place to pay bills or write letters into an unexpected spot in your home? Here's one totally clever...

...Martha-style idea featured in the (due out any second) upcoming issue of Martha Stewart Living.

The hidden desk in armoire shown above is actually two same size bookcases joined along one side by long piano hinges.

One case is attached to the wall, the other swings out on casters when you need to work and it is closes with a vintage latch.

Clear plexi panels attached to the shelves keep items in place as the "door" swings open.

The fold-up desktop is made from plywood and is attached with self-locking hardware, to create a larger workspace when the armoire is open.

Battery powered LED lights are hidden behind the molding above the desktop.

The exterior is decorated with a strip of wallpaper framed with molding.

This is just one of several "fit in anywhere" desks (another is shown above) in the new issue, part of a feature called "The Desk Set", starting on page 152.

Photos: Martha Stewart Living

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