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How to Build a Compact, Fold-Down Desk for Small Spaces


In our September issue, we covered a tiny outbuilding for a family in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Residents Tim and Meg Ferguson Sauder and their three kids built the 168-square-foot space themselves using reclaimed materials. On their blog, Crafted Fairly, they post information about the products and custom furniture that outfit the space. Here, we share a snippet from the site about how they built the custom desk featured in our pages.

A matching desk also folds up and away.
"We used a couple of piano hinges to allow for the fold-down action," Tim says.
"We used magnets to hold everything closed to keep things looking clean.
"The supports underneath the desktop fold out from the bottom section of the desk.
"We laid out the desk in Illustrator before cutting anything to gauge size and to make sure we could fit all the pieces...