Hutch Plans

The most handy pieces of furniture you own, like a desk hutch are probably the ones that let you store a ton of items in a small amount of space. Your desk, without a hutch, is just a table that you use for work. Adding a desk hutch to your current setup can add much needed cubby holes and shelves, without taking up any floor space at all. You can make them as customized as you want, measuring to ensure that you have enough space for whatever you plan on storing on it.

Books can be displayed and stored on a top shelf of the hutch, while you can create cubby holes for bills and important papers, or add a cupboard like area with a door for keeping dust out of important objects. You can even create a CD or DVD holder. The limit of the design of your desk hutch is only your imagination.

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Things You’ll Need

  • One sheet of 3/4″ plywood
  • Half sheet of 1/4″ plywood
  • Edge banding to cover the exposed edges of the plywood of the desk hutch
  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • Glue
  • Sandpaper (80, 120, 220 grits)
  • Stain to stain the wood, or paint.
  • Sealer

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  • Saw – Table, circular or jig depending on how detailed you need to get on the desk hutch
  • Kreg jig to drill pocket holes
  • Hole saw
  • Brad nailer
  • Drill
  • Sander

Cut List:

  • Two – ¾ inch plywood at 11 inches x 23 inches – Inner Sides
  • One – ¾ inch plywood at 11 inches x 31 inches – Lower Shelf
  • One – ¾ inch plywood at 11 inches x 46-1/2 inches – Upper Shelf
  • Two – ¾ inch plywood at 11 inches x 29 inches – Outer Sides
  • Two – ¾ inch plywood at 11 inches x 7 inches – Cubby Shelves
  • One – ¾ inch plywood at 11 inches x 48 inches – Top
  • One – ¼ inch plywood at 29-3/4 inches x 48 inches – Back

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  1. Attach Edge Banding
  2. Cut the pieces for the lower shelf and the inner sides of the desk hutch. Drill pocket holes (¾ inch) at each end of the shelf as well as one end of each inner side. Attach at the spacing you’ve mocked up with your measurements using glue and 1-¼ inch pocket holes.
  3. Cut the plywood for the upper shelf of the hutch. Drill holes as above, and attach to the two sides with glue and holes.
  4. Cut the plywood for the outer sides of the hutch. Attach to the upper shelf using pocket holes. You will also attach it to the top, once it has been put on.
    1. Cut the plywood for the cubbyholes. These go between the outer and inner sides. Attach using brad nails.
    2. Cut the plywood for the top of the hutch. Attach using pocket hole screws. Attach to the outer and inner sides.
    3. Cut the plywood for the back of the hutch. This will be in three pieces with cornered cuts on the top of the sides and on both sides of the top. This will make the back easier to install than if it were just one big piece.
    4. Paint or stain the desk hutch.

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These steps, if followed carefully will help you in building a quality desk hutch for your home or office. Make sure that you follow all of your measurements as accurately as possible so as to prevent any fitting issues that may arise as you near the end of construction.