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Old 07-05-2012, 02:41 PM   #1
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My first day on DIYC but I love this place already. Recently, I got a new house (new to me old to the world kinda thing). So, I am putting in a floating desk in my room.. And I have some pictures and wondered if anyone had any ideas:



This is the basic layout.



This shows the swivel action on the headboard, where the monitors are being mounted and all cords/powerplugs behind it.

My question is, on the left wall and the rear wall I can directly attach to the studs in the wall.. But the corner that is most floating, the right front corner concerns me about its ability to take weight. Ideally, I would like it be able to hold 150-200 pounds all together. Any ideas for that corner?

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Hard to see when the pics are so huge.

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Hard to see when the pics are so huge.

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Ya, whats up with that anyway?

When I try to post a pic that's to big manage attachments won't let me until I re-size it (which is a good thing).
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his are linked to another site

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How about some type of rebar or bolt system that sticks out of the wall
and is attached into the wall stud. drill a hole in the backside of the shelf
and slide shelf onto rebar/bolt = hanging shelf.

please be mindful of wires and anything else lurking in the wall spaces...

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Old 07-06-2012, 12:50 AM   #6
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We supported a floating wood table (16 inch depth and 6 ft long) with brackets bought at the local hardware store that are each guaranteed to support 200 lbs. You might try one on each end of your desk. The way your drawing is now should likely be changed to have the desk part sit on top of the support against the wall, as opposed to beside it.
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Made some changes in regards to the opinions given here.

Any better? The wood 2x4's underneath are directly bolted to the studs, and the desk to 2x's.

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Much better. Now resize the ones in the first post and you'll be all set!

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You have no storage. That will soon come around to bite you in the butt. Put drawers down there.

Aren't you going to have to clear most things off the desk to open that door? Not real cool.

Here's my setup... and I still need more space. (That flip-up glass top was dumb, by the way. To open it, or even see the printer through it, I have to take everything off it.)

The upper left space was originally a large, full-height opening. That was foolish. I soon wedged that thin shelf in there for more storage.

The moniter shelf and the printer shelf (with paper & ink storage built in) both slide out on drawer glides.

The keyboard slides out, too... while the flop-down front cover slides (hinges and rotates) upward on the shelf sides to make a convenient book holder.

Mouse shelf is temporary, but will soon be a "slide-out".
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You have no storage. That will soon come around to bite you in the butt. Put drawers down there.

Aren't you going to have to clear most things off the desk to open that door? Not real cool.

Here's my setup... and I still need more space. (That flip-up glass top was dumb, by the way. To open it, or even see the printer through it,
I have to take everything off it.)

The upper left space was originally a large, full-height opening. That was foolish. I soon wedged that thin shelf in there for more storage.

The moniter shelf and the printer shelf (with paper & ink storage built in) both slide out on drawer glides.

The keyboard slides out, too.
This is a very, very cool set up. Sadly, I am a minimalist . I have 0 storage as it is, the only thing on my desk now is my phone, mouse and keyboard. I always have it extremely minimal looking but I do like your station.
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Yeah, I like it all in sight. I have 104 icons on my computer desktop.
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Perhaps a local metal fabricator could make you a nice, strong frame that could hold the weight? One with brackets welded to it. This might give enough strength to do what you're after. Could be done in polished stainless, or regular steel that's painted or powder-coated. Would certainly have the modern/minimalist angle you're considering.

When you talk about making a swing-out panel for the monitors, those too have to deal with weight. That and putting a recessed box into the wall presents some loss of wall insulation issues. There are a lot of really good wall and pole mounts for monitors out there, some even suitable for hanging more than one display. I'd look into those first before trying to fashion a wall cabinet for them.
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I like Bill's thoughts .... a good metal fabricator can work miracles! he can built you what you want and it can be secure to the wooden studs in your wall. I would recommend moving it to an interior wall so that your recessed box does not remove insulation from your exterior wall.

Keep us posted on your progress! Good luck!
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Do you mind beaking into the wall? If you could find a piece of flat corner iron, say 20" x 20 x 2" you could screw one end to the inside of the last stud on the right and the other end would support the desktop without a post.
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What's the point of the large panel beneath the desktop on the left? Support?

If you are going to mount to the back wall, why not use the same sort of mounting on the left? If needed.

Even the smaller ones in post #7 don't seem necessary.

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