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Home office in an alcove

Here's a super-easy way to create an area for a home office without too much fuss.


If you need to create a small home office without taking over a whole room, and have an alcove to use, fitting an office into an alcove it a practical and efficient solution. Plus, you can have all the boards cut to size at your local Builders, making assembly easy.


You can use SupaWood or MelaWood for the desk and shelves. SupaWood can be painted in your choice of colour, while MelaWood laminated boards are available in a variety of finishes.

1 of desktop (cut to fit alcove)

1 of back support (cut to same length as desktop)

2 of side supports (cut 16mm smaller than width of desktop)

2 of shelves (cut to fit alcove)

2 of shelf supports (cut to same width as shelves)

Fischer SX8 wall plugs and 5 x 60mm screws


Combi Drill plus assorted bits

Bosch PLR 50 C Laser Measure

Bosch PMD 10 Electronic Detector

Buy all the tools and materials for this project at Builders Warehouse.






1. Before assembly, if you are using SupaWood for this project, you will need to paint the shelves. There are a variety of option for painting SupaWood, from using a paintbrush and foam roller, to using a Bosch PFS Spray System. You can also finish with Rust-Oleum 2X or Universal spray paint.

2. To make sure everything fits and sits perfectly straight, use the PLR 50 C to measure the size of the alcove. The PLR 50 C can also be used to ensure all pieces are absolutely level when mounting onto walls.

3. Use a pencil to mark the wall where all pieces need to be mounted.

GOOD TO KNOW: Before you drill into walls, check for electrical and plumbing pipes and conduits with an Electronic Detector. Failing to do so could result in damage and costly repairs.

4. Drill [2] holes in the side supports and [3] in the back support - approximately 50mm in from the edges. Place these on the wall where they will be mounted and push a drill bit through to mark the wall.

5. Drill 8mm holes (if using SX8 wall plugs) into the wall where marked for the back and side supports. A Combi Drill is ideal for this, as it can be used as a screwdriver, drill and has a hammer function for drilling into masonry.

6. Secure the back and side supports using wall plugs and screws and then mount the desktop and shelves on the supports.



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