How to Cover Up the Back of a Desk

If you have an office desk that’s visible from all sides, the back of the desk can appear unsightly. It may be cluttered with cords, wires, and other equipment or simply lack any kind of design; either way, it stands out negatively. By taking the time to cover up the back of your desk, you can enhance the overall look of your office while also improving its functionality, especially if it’s a home office.

How to Cover Up the Back of a Desk

Covering up the back of a desk can provide several advantages. One of the main benefits is creating an aesthetically pleasing look. By hiding the wires, cables, and other materials that may be visible behind your desk, you can create a unified and neat appearance for your workspace. This will make it easier to stay organized and focused on tasks. You can find step-by-step instructions on how to cover up the back of a desk in this blog article.

Tools You Will Need

  • Hammer
  • Nails or Screws
  • Tape Measure
  • Pencil
  • Plywood, MDF Board, or Hardboard Panel (depending on your desired look)
  • Paint or Wood Stain (for a decorative finish)
  • Sandpaper (if using wood stain to finish the board)
  • Drill (if using screws to attach the board)
  • Brads or Staples (to help secure the fabric to the back of the desk)
  • Upholstery Fabric of Your Choice.

Step-by-step Instructions for How to Cover Up the Back of a Desk

Step 1: Inspect the Back

Using a Measuring Tape

Before you cover up the back of a desk, ensure it is in good condition. Check for any areas of damage or lose pieces and repair them before moving on.

Step 2: Measure the Desk

Use measuring tape to get the exact measurements of the area where you want to apply the cover. This will ensure that your cover fits perfectly. Depending on your style and budget, you can choose from a variety of materials for covering up the back of a desk. Consider options such as fabric, paper, or even wall decals.

Step 3: Cut the Material to Size

Use scissors or a cutting tool to cut the material to fit the desired area accurately. Make sure that all sides are even and free of any fraying edges. Use an appropriate adhesive for your chosen material and apply it evenly across the back of the desk. Make sure that the adhesive is thoroughly dry before you move on to the next step.

Use Small Sharp Scissors

Step 4: Place the Material onto the Desk

Carefully place your chosen material onto the back of the desk and press it into position, ensuring all sides are secured. Trim away any excess material that is not needed. This will help to ensure a neat, professional-looking finish.

Step 5: Smooth Out the Material

Use your hands or a soft cloth to smooth out any wrinkles or bumps in the material. This will ensure that the back of the desk looks even and tidy. Use staples or pins to secure the material into place. Ensure that all sides are even and there are no loose pieces of material.

Step 6: Clean Up

Remove any excess adhesive or dirt from the area and clean up your workspace. You’re now done covering up the back of a desk. By following these steps, you can easily cover up the back of a desk and create a stylish and functional workspace. With the right materials and patience, your desk will look great quickly.

Tips for How to Cover Up the Back of a Desk

Wear Protective Gear
  1. Before covering your desk, check for protruding screws or nails to avoid any potential injuries.
  2. Wear protective gear when handling the material you will use to cover up the back of your desk, such as a dust mask and gloves if necessary.
  3. Choose a material that is appropriate for the size and shape of the desk. Avoid materials that are too flimsy or too thick, as either type may not provide adequate coverage for the back of your desk.
  4. Measure the area you will be covering and cut the material accordingly. Use a ruler and pencil to draw a straight line before cutting if necessary.
  5. Secure the material with strong adhesive or nails. If using nails, make sure the nails are flush with the material and won’t present a safety risk.
  6. Use multiple layers of material if necessary for increased durability and protection against dust and debris.
  7. After securing the material in place, inspect your work to ensure it is safe and all edges are properly covered.

Following these tips and taking the necessary safety precautions will help ensure that you cover up the back of your desk safely and effectively.

How Can You Attach the Fabric or Material to the Back of the Desk Securely? 

When it comes to covering up the back of a desk, there are several ways to attach the fabric or material securely. The most popular method is to staple the fabric onto the back of the desk with a heavy-duty staple gun. This option offers a strong and durable attachment that will last for years. Additionally, you can use upholstery nails, tacks, or a combination of both to secure the fabric more tightly.

Another option is to use adhesive spray or fabric glue. This method is best used with thinner fabrics as it offers less support than stapling and may not last as long. Whichever method you choose, make sure that the fabric is pulled tight so that there are no wrinkles or bumps. Finally, you can also hide the raw edges of the fabric by attaching a trim or decorative border along the edge. This will give your desk an even more polished and finished look.

How Do You Clean and Maintain the Fabric or Material Once It’s Been Attached to the Back of Your Desk? 

Once you have attached the fabric or material to the back of your desk, it’s essential to ensure that it stays in good condition. Regularly cleaning and maintaining the fabric or material can help keep it looking fresh and new for a long time. To clean and maintain the fabric or material on the back of your desk, start by vacuuming it with a brush attachment to remove any dust or dirt. If the fabric is machine-washable, you can hand-wash it in cold water and a mild detergent. Once washed, hang the fabric to air dry before reattaching it to your desk.

If the fabric is not machine-washable, then you can spot-clean it with an upholstery cleaner and a damp cloth. Make sure to test the cleaner on a small area first to ensure that it won’t damage the fabric. When finished, allow the fabric to air dry before reattaching it to your desk. Additionally, you should regularly check for signs of wear and tear and repair or replace the fabric when necessary. Doing this will help ensure that your desk looks great for years to come.

Use a Damp Cloth

Are There Any Specific Safety Considerations When Covering Up the Back of a Desk? 

Safety is an important consideration when covering up the back of a desk. It’s important to ensure that any materials used are fire-retardant and free of sharp edges or other hazards. Any cords should be secured and routed away from the desk area to ensure they don’t pose a trip hazard. If the desk is in an area where there are young children or animals, it’s worth taking extra care to make sure that any materials used don’t pose a choking hazard. It’s also important to ensure that the work surface remains free from obstruction, with plenty of open space for ventilation and electrical access. Finally, be sure to follow any local building codes for the installation of permanent fixtures or furniture.

By following these safety considerations, you can enjoy a safe and attractive desk area with minimal risk of harm. With some creativity and a few simple tools, it’s easy to cover up the back of your desk and make it look both stylish and secure.


One of the most common disadvantages to covering up the back of a desk is that it can make the workspace feel more cramped. This is especially true if you opt for a full panel or board that covers the entire back of the desk. It also makes accessing items in the back of your drawer difficult, as there will be no easy access to those items.

Additionally, covering up the back of your desk might prevent you from positioning it in different locations or at an angle, as some covers don’t allow for much flexibility when it comes to that.

In conclusion,  covering up the back of a desk can be a fun and creative DIY project. Whether you choose to paint it, hang fabric, or use wall decals, there are many ways to give your workspace an extra layer of style and personality. I hope reading this post has helped you learn how to cover up the back of a desk. Make sure the safety precautions are carried out in the order listed.

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Adrian Green

Adrian is a woodworking hobbyist and has loved Woodworking since he was 10 years old. Back then in childhood, his father used to have a furniture shop. He used to help his dad and learned a lot from him about how to fix woodworking furniture, basic carpentry knowledge and also about how to work hard and take care of business. He enjoys woodworking as a hobby. He loves the feeling of creating something with his own hands, and the satisfaction that comes from seeing his finished products used by others.

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