DIY Nomad Bookshelf Desk – 100% space efficient desk!

Last Updated on July 15, 2023 by teamobn

DIY Nomad Bookshelf Desk
DIY Nomad Bookshelf Desk

If you’re always on the go but still need a desk to use in your temporary home, this DIY Nomad bookshelf desk project might be perfect for you. By following these simple instructions, you can create a sturdy and functional desk that will suit your needs.

What’s special about this DIY Nomad bookshelf desk is that it’s very easy to disassemble when you’re moving to a new location – making it the perfect solution for those who are constantly on the move. The desk is also lightweight and easily portable, so you can take it with you wherever you go.

The DIY Nomad bookshelf is the ultimate ‘flat pack’ because it’s built using mortise and tenon joints. That means that there’s no need to use screws or bolts during assembly – making it very sturdy once complete. It’s a great project for anyone who’s handy with woodwork, and the end result is a stylish and unique piece of furniture.

Another great advantage of this DIY Nomad bookshelf desk is that it integrates bookshelves. This is perfect if you’re short on space, as it allows you to keep all your books and materials in one place. Having everything you need in one place can make working more efficient and convenient.

If you’re someone who likes to have everything organized and within reach, this DIY Nomad bookshelf desk is definitely for you. No more having to search for things all over the place – with this DIY Nomad bookshelf desk, everything you need will be right at your fingertips.

Instead of having separate shelves for storage, which would normally require extra space, you get both desk and bookshelf in the same floor area. The integrated bookshelving also means that everything you need is accessible without leaving your desk!

Could you use this DIY Nomad bookshelf desk set up in your home?

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  • 1×12 Pine Boards
  • 2×2 Pine Boards
  • 28″ Hollow Door
  • Wood Stain Finish of your choice
  • 4′ Power Strip
  • Inside Corner Molding
  • Screws


  • Tape Measure
  • Table Saw
  • Jig Saw
  • Carcass or Dovetail Saw
  • Sander
  • Paint Brush
  • Drill/Screwdriver – for installing Power Strip Under Desk


One of the great things about this project is that it can be customized to suit your specific needs. Whether you’re looking for a simple way to organize your home office or a more complex system for managing a large business, this project can be adapted to fit your requirements.

Measurements would depend on the space you have available, the number of shelves you actually need, and the table height you desire. You can use any 3D modelling software to determine accurate dimensions for your cutting list.


The shelves will be installed using mortise and tenon joints. The small wood blocks will serve as the fasteners to keep the shelves in place. This will ensure that the shelves are sturdy and will not come loose over time. See the picture.


The desk on the other hand is attached to one of the shelves that has your desired table height. There should be moldings attached to the side of the shelf piece that would serve to secure the desk in place once installed. A closer view of this detail is shown in one of the photos below.


Once you have installed everything and made sure that all pieces fit together for a stable structure, you can easily disassemble them to stain to your desired finish.


These pictures should illustrate more how the table is installed…


A power strip is mounted under the desk for computers and other gadgets.


Pretty easy isn’t it? 🙂

Thank you WhyIsThisOpen for this well-designed desk.



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