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A study nook against a darkly painted wall


Forget the dining room table – it’s now time to create your own study nook! With so many of us working from home more often, having a work-focused space can make a huge difference to your productivity and mindset. With this simple D.I.Y. project, you can add a study nook into your existing home.

One of the most important parts of a working environment is ergonomics – how the design fits around the human body. So, when creating your study nook, it’s important to take this into consideration. Will there be natural light? Is there a power socket nearby? Will there be enough room for an office chair? These components can make a huge difference to the effectiveness of your study nook, so don’t forget to assess these before you start! 

To create your new nook, you’ll need some simple D.I.Y. tools, a power drill and any required office equipment.


1Identify your spot

First things first – it's time to figure out where you'll put your study nook. It's important there's a power socket nearby (preferably more than one) and there's enough space to place a desk and anything else you might need.

An empty corner, idea for a study nook

2Measure and mark

You can either create one yourself with some table legs and a slab of timber or buy one. Measure and mark out 15mm from where your first screw will go.

A Bunnings team member marking a piece of timber with measuring tape and a pencil

3Mark holes

Place your edge hole on the mark where you measure it. Now colour in the hole of all 4 spots so you know where to pre-drill.

A Bunnings team member tracing the outline of a table leg onto a piece of timber with a pencil

4Identify depth gauge

Before we go drilling too deep, measure the width of your table. This will indicate your depth gauge when pre-drilling your hole. Once you've identified your length, grab your electrical tape and tape your drill bit.

A Bunnings team member measuring the depth of a piece of timber with measuring tape


Place your bit into your drill and start pre-drilling your holes.

A Bunnings team member pre-drilling a piece of timber

6Screw the legs

Now, screw in your legs.
A Bunnings team member securing a table leg to a piece of timber

7Add storage

Just because your table is ready doesn't mean your study nook is, there's always room for storage! Add a shelf onto the wall or a small cabinet.

A shelf attached to a darkly painted wall

8Style your space

Once your desk is installed and you've added storage, it's time to show off your creative side by styling your space. Add additional lighting (if required), install your desktop computer or laptop, and tuck in an ergonomic chair. Depending on how you work, you might even want to add a spot of greenery with some small potted plants, or a set of coasters for those morning cups of coffee.

A personalised study nook, complete with shelving and pot plant

9Create your very own nook

Start your journey towards a new study nook by exploring our selection of timber boards to create your own desk.

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.