Looking for an easy DIY printer stand idea? I’m sharing what I made to maximize vertical space on a desktop. The stand is to store my new printer, two Cricut machines, and a few other things. This post contains affiliate links, which you can read more about here.
DIY Printer Stand & Storage for My Cricut Machines!
Alright, so you all know I have a small workspace. I don’t have an office or craft room…my little desk nook is it and only it. Don’t get me wrong, I love it! But I also love being organized. I’ve had two Cricut machines for a while, (an Explore Air 2 and a Maker). They didn’t really fit well, but I just lived with it for a while.
I’d planned to come up with some sort of double-decker solution but never got around to it. Then I got a printer for some of my crafting needs, and it pushed me over the edge. As you can see from these shots, the desk was crowded and annoying. It made me feel super flustered when working and like I didn’t have any space.
I decided to make a DIY printer stand that had built-in spaces designed to fit my Cricut Explore Air 2 and Cricut Maker, too. Since the printer is slightly smaller than the Cricuts, I could also fit some additional things on top of the shelving. Gaining vertical space would free up some valuable desk space. If you’re looking for something like a standalone DIY printer table with craft storage, definitely check out my friend Kati’s DIY.
Oh, and if you’re wondering, this is the printer I got. I did a lot of research on the perfect printer for my needs. Something that I could do regular office stuff on, but something that I could also use for printing for crafting needs. Specifically, print-then-cut vinyl designs. This printer is very compact and works really well as a desktop printer. Plus it was really affordable.
Here’s what I used for my project!
- (2) 1″ x 8″ poplar boards cut to 26 1/2″ each
- (8) 2″ x 2″ pine at 6 1/2″ each
- Fine-grit sandpaper
- Black spray paint
- Varathane Water-Based Polyurethane in Matte
- Wood glue
- Miter saw (If you don’t have a saw, you can have the nice folks at Home Depot or Lowes cut for you since these are very simple cuts)
- Optional: Finish nailer
And here’s how I made my DIY Printer Stand & Storage for My Cricut Machines!
Step 1: Choose and cut pieces
I chose poplar for the shelving pieces because I really love the grain in poplar. It’s a bit more expensive, but I didn’t need much of it, so it wasn’t a big deal. For the legs, I just used regular pine since I knew I’d be painting them.
I cut all pieces to size, gave each a light sanding by hand using fine-grit sandpaper. Then I wiped them down and used spray paint to give them about two coats each. This worked well because spray paint is super fast, so I could just spray these down really quickly and have them get to drying while I worked on the shelving pieces.
Step 2: Finish the shelving pieces
The poplar is so beautiful, so I just chose to give each of these pieces a light sanding and then three coats of my favorite urethane. The Varathane water-based polyurethane in matte is my favorite. It gives a very finished look to any piece and is incredibly durable.
Step 3: Attach legs to the shelving pieces
Then I attached four legs to each of the shelving pieces using wood glue. You can also use a nail gun to further reinforce the joint between the shelf pieces and the legs. But you don’t have to do this if you just wait for the glue to dry completely.
Once I’d finished gluing four legs to each shelf, I glued the two shelving units to one another to make a double-decker unit. I put the Cricut machines on the bottom and then the printer, a few plants, and my little pen holder on the top. It’s perfect!
For more functional storage and organizing ideas, check out my DIY monitor stand (pictured in these photos!), my junk drawer organizer, my spice drawer organizer, and my gallery of free cut files if you’re a Cricut fanatic!