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DIY Printer Stand with Paper Storage

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Top portion of our DIY printer shelves. The top has room for a globe, pencil sharpener, and books.

This DIY printer stand has storage for paper underneath, a butcherblock countertop, and shelves for books above.

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We’ve been working on updating our office and making it more functional for our space. The office space is relatively small, but I like my kids to all be in the same room when they’re on their computers; it allows me to supervise their computer use and help them with school work as we are homeschooling this year.

My two older sons share an L shaped corner desk and my husband, me, and my youngest son each have individual desks in the room. We wanted a built-in look that wasn’t too expensive, complicated, or difficult to move around if necessary. Aka my husband told me no more built ins.

I did a few different organization projects with my Cricut for the homeschool setup as well, and I’ll be updating the décor and walls eventually.

The one thing we needed to add was a spot to hold the printer, books, and extra printer paper. We needed a spot to mount a manual pencil sharpener as well.

Pencil sharpener attached to the butcherblock counter for the printer stand.

We had some leftover butcherblock scraps from our desks, but nothing big enough for the countertop. Rather than buy more butcherblock, which is pricey, we decided to attach two of the scrap pieces using wood glue and a small metal brace. This has worked well and isn’t obvious.

Two small pieces of butcherblock scrap attached together for a countertop.

Lastly, we wanted a place to park our robot vacuum. I can give you the measurements for the parking space we added, but our vacuum isn’t available any more so you’d really need to tailor it to the size of YOUR vacuum.

Parking spot for the robot vacuum under our printer cabinet.

I have mixed feelings about the parking spot… time will tell if it’s working well, but unfortunately the vacuum has seen better days so I’m not sure if the issues we’re having are vacuum related or if the parking spot is causing issues. I think a wider shelf might have been better for this.

Here are the measurements for our cabinets:

The bottom printer cabinet:

  • Butcherblock Countertop: 18″ deep x 20″ wide
  • (2) Shelves: 16.75″ x 16.75
  • (2) Sides: 38″ high x 16.75″ deep

The top shelf has 14.5″ between the shelf and the butcherblock so I have enough room to open the scanner section of the printer. The bottom shelf is big enough to hold a basket for the printer paper. The vacuum parking area is 5.25″ high.

Top cabinet:

  • (2) Sides: 13.5″ deep, 43″ tall
  • (2) Shelves: 13.5″ x 16.75″
  • Small scrap across the top back to attach the top shelf to the wall for additional support.

We didn’t want to remove our chair rail or baseboard (laziness factor) so our top cabinet actually sits back further that the bottom cabinet. You can’t tell from the front, but it allowed us to work around the chair rail easily.

The bottom shelf doesn't go back as far so we didn't need to cut away the chair rail or the baseboard.

The very top shelf runs the entire length of our room and I’ll show that better in the final home office update post… that may take a while for me to get finished, but keep an eye out for it. I still need to add trim and under cabinet lighting to the top shelf.

Here’s a quick tutorial on how I made the printer cabinet. Ignore the extra pocket holes… I messed up a few of them, whoops.

DIY Printer Cabinet

Supplies

Step 1: Cut your wood.

Step 2: Sand your wood.

Cutting and sanding the wood I used for the DIY printer Cabinet

Step 3: Add pocket holes to the bottom of each shelf.

Step 4: Add pocket holes to the top of each side.

Adding pocket holes for the cabinet.

Step 5: Attach shelves to the sides. Note that the top of each side has pocket holes too- those will allow you to attach the butcherblock as a countertop.

Step 6: Iron On Veneer Edging. This stuff is magic. Veneer edging comes in rolls to match the type of plywood you’re using for a project. You can place it sticky side down, then use an iron to iron it onto the edges. This helps cover up the ugly raw plywood edge.

Assembling the printer stand, then adding veneer edging to cover up the raw plywood edges.

Step 7: Prime and paint shelving. Let dry between coats.

Raw wood needs to be primed first, then I painted it.

Step 8: Add felt pads to bottom of the stand. These will help keep the shelf from scraping up your floors if you have hardwood. If you have carpet, you can probably skip this.

Step 9: Stain your countertop.

I added felt pads to the bottom of my printer cabinet to keep it from scratching my wood floors. Then I started on my countertop- I used black cherry varathane wood stain.

Step 10: I used 3 Coats of Polyurethane on the Countertop.

Step 11: Attach the Countertop. The pocket holes on the bottom shelve allow you to keep any hardware hidden on the counter. You’re essentially screwing up into the butcherblock.

Once the stain dried, I applied several coats of polyurethane. After those coats dried, I attached the countertop to the printer stand.

Step 12: Attach your top shelves to the wall and to the butcher block.

Step 13: Screw in your pencil sharpener!

As you can see, we built another shelf for above the printer cabinet, and screwed in a old fashioned pencil sharpener to the butcherblock counter.

Step 14: Add top shelf and wall shelves. I wanted lots of shelving so I added shelving above the printer stand. I also have a couple of wall mounted shelves above the desks. I need to get a better picture, but I still haven’t painted the veneer edging on the top shelf. Life has gotten away with me thanks to schools closing.

Eventually we added a top shelve for even more storage.

Video Tutorial

Once I get the whole area organized and add wall decor, I’ll have a new post about the entire office renovation. Check out my post about our DIY Office Desks. I also have a post with lots of Home Office Organization Ideas for once your office is all setup!

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DIY custom printer shelving unit.

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