Here’s a “bureau” with a desk that hides away completely away – made out of a Billy bookcase. Great for a narrow space.
- 1 x Billy bookcase (with doors of course)
- 1 x Extra Billy shelf
- 2 x L brackets
- 2 x Flush cabinet hinges
- 2 x Friction hinges
The desk part is just a full-size Billy shelf. Cut about 2 cm off the width so it clears the gap when the doors are open.
Cut 2 cm off the back of one of the existing shelves. (This gives room for the doors to close when the desk is folded up). Fix the shelf in place using L brackets.
Attach the desk to the shelf using flush cabinet hinges.
Use friction hinges (approx. £15 a pair,) which support the desk when upright or folded down and give a smooth opening and closing action.
Add a power strip and that’s it.
~ Andrew Wood