What’s the number one back to school item that every student needs to have? In my opinion, it’s a student desk. When I was in University I tried to do my homework and labs on my kitchen table or the library at school, but it became pretty clear that my paperwork needed a place all its own, and to be organized I needed a place to put everything that was related to school.
I did a lot of searching for the perfect student desk, and found there were a few must-haves. It had to have a scratch-resistant top, a spot for my computer, a drawer to hold my pens, highlighters, and calculator, and a cubby for other storage. My intention was to put my printer nearby or on a shelf of my desk, but the cubby ended up as a place I happily stored my Nintendo for late night gaming sessions.
Having everything in one spot, all organized and ready to go when I was, helped me decrease a lot of my stress in the mornings. That’s when I ran around frantically looking for my homework before leaving, and it was also a relief to come home and be able to sit down and get to work without having to set up.
My desk looked exactly like the Status Collection Sullivan student desk , so when I was asked to go through the steps to set up the desk, I was all in. I’ve built furniture just like it before, including my own student desk, and although it comes delivered in a box and you’ve got to work your way through a few steps before you can sit down and study, it’s easy for anyone.
Here’s a look at how to build the Status Collection Sullivan student desk.
What’s in the box of the Status Collection Sullivan student desk?
When your student desk is delivered it will come in a long, flat box. According to the UPS driver I spoke to, the box is 75 pounds. If you have someone nearby who can help you carry the desk to the spot where you’ll be setting it up, your back will thank you.
The Sullivan student desk weighs a lot because it’s sturdy, and you’ll see once you set it up that it’s a desk meant to last you through all of the study sessions and homework your school year will throw at you.
This desk comes in a variety of colours, and I was sent the Sullivan Grey Wash student desk to build.
What do you need to build the Sullivan student desk?
The tools you’ll need to build the Sullivan student desk are: a star-tipped screwdriver and a hammer. I used my drill with a star-tip on it because I like to use my drill for everything I build, but you can easily get by with just a screwdriver.
Begin by laying out all of the pieces
I always start by laying out the pieces of the furniture I’m going to build. When I did this with the pieces of the student desk, I was surprised to see that each bag of screws, bolts, and desk pieces were all labeled with letters and numbers. That means you never have to guess which piece was the right one! To say this made me happy was an understatement, and if you’ve put together furniture like this, you’ll appreciate how nice it is to know A goes with B and so on.
The steps of building a student desk
I won’t go into each step of the process, but even if you’ve never set up a desk like this you’ll have an easy time with the Status Collection. There’s a booklet with step by step instructions and because everything is labeled with a letter or a number, you’ll have no problem knowing what pieces to use.
Each piece fits into the other with a wooden dowel, a screw, and a screw lock. There are holes that fit each perfectly, so you know if you try to put the wooden dowel into the hole that’s for the screw, it won’t fit.
The three pieces work together to give you a smooth connection when you’re putting the desk together, and once the screw lock is in place and you’ve turned it, it’s not going anywhere.
The Sullivan student desk has a drawer and a cabinet. There’s also a shelf above the cabinet where you can slide your books or binder. I found putting together the drawer and sliders was the most challenging part, but even that wasn’t too difficult. There are pre-drilled holes on the sides of the desk that show you exactly where the sliders go, and once you attach them to the side of the desk and underneath the drawer, you just pop it on and it’s ready to go.
There are adjustable feet you put underneath the desk so it doesn’t sit on your bare floor, and they are coated with plastic so they’ll never scratch the surface if it is pushed around.
Overall thoughts on the Status Collection Sullivan student desk
It took me an hour to build the Sullivan desk, and I didn’t have to stop and re-do a step once. If you knew me you’d know that’s a big deal, because I usually miss a step and I have to go back and do something again.
I credit the labeled parts and the instructions with helping me do an easy build, and the desk itself is very sturdy and looks great in my house. I like how the front of it extends to give you extra space, and you can easily fit a stool underneath the front of the desk if you’re studying with someone else.
Take a look at the entire Status Collection on Best Buy
The Status Collection Sullivan student desk is available in white, natural cherry, misty grey, grey wash, and rich walnut. There’s also several other pieces from the Status Collection that you’ll want to see. Stacey’s overview on the Status collection covers every desk available on Best Buy, and it would be hard to choose between the Status Sidney Contemporary Desk in Arctic White or the Aspenwood Computer Desk in Rich Walnut.
The Status Collection has a desk for every space, and for every desk there’s someone that will be organized and, just like I was, relieved to know there’s the perfect spot to do homework. You can shop the entire Status Collection on Best Buy right now.