I've built a desk out of melamine 55"l 26"w and 30"d the sides are the same material and the center of my desk bends and causes my monitor to wobble. I'd like to reinforce this without large obstruction and was wondering the best way to do that.

On a side note, I've got chips on the edges from when I cut it and was wondering the best way to fill them.


  • Is this melamine the internal particle board material? How thick is it?
    – Michael Karas
    Commented Jul 29, 2017 at 7:41
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    Research what a gusset is and build a support under the center of the desk.
    – ArchonOSX
    Commented Jul 29, 2017 at 9:59

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This sounds like a quick hack kind of desk -- no shame in that, but as you are finding out it has compromises. Melamine is just the stiff plastic glued to the woody stuff underneath and provides no structural rigidity. And the kinds of things melamine is glued to, particleboard and fiberboard, have very weak resistance to breakage. I would not put a CRT monitor on a particleboard desk surface without reinforcement for example.

Strips of mild steel or hardwood screwed to the underside of the desk and running the entire long axis might help and be unobtrusive. As an extra step, and one that also solves your edge chips, aluminum angle trim can be glued and screwed to the edges of the desk to reduce flex. It won't be enough to prevent flex all by itself, but it will help.

If you need to build another desk like this, I would recommend 5/8" plywood as a superior alternative to particleboard, and real wood is best of all, as your finances and skill permits.

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