Build a work corner
Not enough room for your home office or homework corner? In just a few hours you can build an extra workspace that can also be used as a kitchen worktop or a place to do paperwork.
It’s suddenly more fun to pay bills and do homework...
Text & photo: Sofie Sjöström
1. Measure & cut
Measure how long and wide your worktop should be. The height of the side section is the same as your existing kitchen worktop. Our worktop has a bench section in MDF measuring 640x1450x19mm. The side section is of rod-glued oak. For the bench to stand out from the side section we made the oak section a little narrower than the MDF section, and the measurements were 600x910x40 mm.
Make sure that the worktop section is long enough for you to be able to pull out all drawers in the kitchen cabinet if you mount it as in our kitchen. Rod-glued oak is a popular choice of worktop. Here we have chosen a white worktop with a side section of oak. This makes the overall impression lighter and brighter than if we had chosen rod-glued oak alone. On the table are a pencil case, pen cup with pen set, 24-pack, calculator and milk glass. On the stainless-steel hook hangs the rucksack Asaklitt, 20 litres.
2. Cut, fill & sandpaper
Cut all the items for the worktop using a jig saw. Fill the edges of the MDF section, and sandpaper when the filler has dried. Sandpaper all edges and corners on both sections, so that they are smooth. Then paint the MDF section with primer. Allow to dry. Then paint twice with carpentry paint for indoor use. Allow to dry between coats.
Mount a hook for a schoolbag on the side section. Place the hook in the centre 8 cm from the top edge.
3. Mount the furniture legs
Screw in two furniture legs on the underside of the side section. They must be centred approximately 8 cm from both edges.
Screw the angle bars to the top edge of the side section. Place the angle bars 15 cm in from the sides, so that they are not visible. Then mount the side section to the worktop by attaching the angle bars with four screws. We placed the side section 2 cm in from the worktop’s edges.
5. Attach the bench section
Attach the bench section to your existing kitchen worktop using carpet tape on the underside where it meets the existing worktop. This means that you do not add screw holes to the original kitchen fittings, and can just remove the underlying bench section if you want to remove the worktop.
Place the side section 2 cm in from the worktop for a close fit.