How to Convert an Armoire Into a Computer Desk

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Convert an old armoire into a useful computer work center. The specific configurations and measurements will depend on the armoire. Choose a sturdy armoire with an opening at top that's wide enough for your computer monitor. The lower section of the armoire should have an opening large enough to hold your CPU, whether it sits vertically or horizontally. The keyboard and monitor shelves you will add slide out separately for convenience.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 oak boards
  • 2 sets of drawer slides
  • Shelf supports
  • Drill
  • Measure a spot on the armoire 30 inches up from the floor. Transfer this measurement to the inside of the armoire. Draw a level line from the front to the back of the armoire.

    Use the line as a guide and follow manufacturer's instructions to fasten one part of the drawer slide to the left interior side of the armoire. Repeat for the right side of the armoire.

  • Measure a spot on the armoire 35 inches from the floor. Transfer this measurement to the interior of the cabinet. Draw a level line from the front to the back of the armoire. Use the line as a guide, follow manufacturer's instructions and fasten one part of the drawer slide to the left interior side of the armoire. Repeat for the right side of the armoire.

  • Measure and mark a spot 12 inches below the interior of the armoire. Measure to find the center point of the armoire at this position. Draw a line from the back to the center point of the armoire. Use the line as a guide and attach the shelf supports. Leave a 1-inch gap between the shelf and the back of the armoire for wires. Insert an oak board equal to the width and half the depth of the armoire. Follow the shelf-support instructions.

  • Drill a hole that is at least 2 inches in diameter through the back of the top section of the armoire for wires and cables. Drill another hole through the back of the bottom section of the armoire.

  • Attach the drawer slides to oak boards equal to the width and depth of the armoire. Follow manufacturer's instructions to connect the pieces.

  • Place your computer monitor on the middle shelf. Place the keyboard and mouse on the lower shelf. Place speakers on the top shelf. Place the CPU and any peripherals on the lowest section of the armoire.

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