Lair Improvement – Desk Baskets

Have you ever wished you had a nice little basket hanging off your desk to store things like pens, notepads, vitamin D tablets, and so on without cluttering up the desk itself? If so, read on.

My desk is made of scrap lumber and I don’t mind drilling a couple of holes in it, but I understand that not everybody will feel the same, so I’ll provide two sets of instructions.

First, for a strong basket on a desk made of real wood:

  • One wireframe drawer organizer ($1 at my local dollar store)
  • Two #8×1½" flat-head wood screws
  • Two #10 stainless steel flat washers
  • A 1/8" drill bit and drill
  • An appropriate screwdriver

Simply drill two holes in the side of your desk, slide the washers onto the screws to prevent the basket from falling off, and screw the basket in place.

Now, for the recipe for metal or particle board desks: (Note: I haven’t actually tested this, but I don’t see why it won’t work)

  • One wireframe drawer organizer ($1 at my local dollar store)
  • Two 4" metal corner braces
  • Appropriate paired nuts and bolts (possibly with washers)
  • Double-sided foam tape

Simply bolt the braces to the drawer organizer and then use the foam tape to attach the braces to the top of the desk. You can then put your computer (or some other object which sits on little feet) over them to hide them from sight.

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