DIY Desks That Really Work For Your Home Office

 DIY Desks That Really Work For Your Home Office

 

If you’ve ever had the opportunity to work from home, you know how influential your home office furniture can be with regard to your productivity. The desk, in particular, plays a critical role in any office space, particularly one at home. It should be functional and comfortable. Although having a customized desk built to fit your specific space can be expensive, the good news is that there are many DIY options out there for a DIY computer desk. These can be made into a corner desk, a closet desk, or really any size or shape your home office space requires. And, best of all, since you’ve made it yourself, the desk will be completely original. Here are some inspiring DIY office desks for you to check out:

1. Pottery Barn inspired desk transformation

Pottery Barn inspired desk transformation
Pottery Barn inspired desk transformation

Pottery Barn inspired desk transformation

For this project, you’ll simply need a corner desk (like Ikea’s Effective Desk) and a pair of wooden file cabinets. The first step is to paint the desk top and the cabinets in white. Remove the legs and hardware from the desk, then add some braces to the back corner that, in this case, have been fashioned out of metal plates and banister inserts. Now you have a brand new desk that looks better than ever.{found on ikeahackers}.

2. DIY Standing Desk.

DIY Standing Desk
DIY Standing Desk

Space-saving standing desks can be pretty expensive, which is why a DIY project like this one can be a wallet-loving alternative. This particular desk was made using some IKEA tech, as well as items from the hardware store. The owners didn’t give us many details on the process, but you can figure it out from the pictures. It’s an attractive, functional piece, and the best part is that it didn’t cost more than a few dollars.{found on Tom Borowski}.

3. Designing and Building a New Desk.

Designing and Building a New Desk

This is a more elaborate project, although it’s totally doable with some planning and careful construction. Building a solid and stable (and stylish!) desk from scratch is not difficult, but it’s not the easiest DIY, either. But it’s a great way to get exactly what you want. In this case, it all started with an old solid wood door.

Designing and Building a New Desk
Designing and Building a New Desk

The sawhorse legs were made using three pieces of pine glued together for each leg. Two of the legs have hollow centers for power cords and internet cable, which is a very clever solution for electrical requirements. For the table top, the door was cut down to its final size of 28″ x 62″ and then sanded. After a quick prime and paint job, the table is done.{found on thecheapgeek}.

4. How to Build a Mini Laptop Desk.

How to Build a Mini Laptop Desk

I’m personally a big fan of portable laptops. They’re smaller than regular laptops, but they’re more practical because of how easy they are to carry around. Here’s how you can build a desk for your own mini laptop. First you’ll want to cut the piece to the size you’re after. Use laminated pine for the top, and pine for the risers and legs. You’ll also be using a circular saw.

How to Build a Mini Laptop Desk

Once your pieces are cut, you’ll want to cut an alcove for the cable. Use a coin as a template and a jigsaw fitted with a scroll blade. Next, you’ll have to cut the angled edges. Use a compound miter saw to cut the leg tops and bases and the front of the risers, and use a circular saw to cut the front edge of the shelf. Now it’s time to assemble the desktop with adhesive and screws. Drill pilot holes to attach the legs at the top with four #8 x 1-1/4-in. wood screws each side, plug the screw holes and paint the desk.{found on freshhomeideas}.

5. Home studio desk.

Home studio desk
Home studio desk

For this DIY home studio desk, you’ll need a table top and four legs to make the main desk base. Then you can build another shelf for a keyboard and monitor. You can hide all the wire underneath the desk, and you’ll still have plenty of room the monitor, the keyboard, and the speakers…plus some spare space. This desk was made with only £45.99 ($72.86). {found on ikeahackers}.

6. Birch and Aluminum Desk.

Birch and Aluminum Desk

This particular desk was designed to meet some specific needs. For example, it had to be large enough to spread out an open textbook, notebook computer, and writing notebook; it had to be durable; it had to be without nooks and crannies that would fill up with knick knacks; and, stylishly, it had to have modern, clean lines.

Here are all the materials that were used for this project: 1 4×8′ 3/4″ birch plywood, 1 3×6′ 0.118″ acrylic sheet, 1 12′ 4×4″ Douglas fir, 2 8′ 1″ aluminum angle, 12 8×12″ galvanized steel flashing in pre-cut sections, 10 3/4″ #8 stainless screws, 4 4″, 3/8″ hanger bolts, 4 3/8″ tee nuts, 1 can polyurethane finish, double stick tape, glue, Wide tape, aluminum polish, and car wax. Despite that rather lengthy list, you’d be surprised how non-difficult this desk is to make yourself. The key is to pay attention to details. {found on instructables}.

7. Build your own desk for less than $30.

Build your own desk for less than $30
Build your own desk for less than $30
Build your own desk for less than $30

When you think practically, there’s no need to pay hundreds of dollars for a desk when you can make your own one for under $30. Here’s how: Use (9 cm) wide CLS for the main frame (legs and one support) and some 60mm (6cm) CLS timber for the supports that will be visible. Use 18mm thick plywood to make the desktop. Cut it down into 4’’ planks, then place as the desktop, leaving a small gap between each plank. Use screws and glue to keep everything together. You can also choose to paint it. {found on instructables}.

8. Custom desk project.

Custom desk project

Custom desk project

Here’s how you can make your own desk without paying tons of money and without sacrificing style or function. First decide on the dimensions you’re after, then buy the wood for the desktop. In this case, three planks of pine were used. Sand the wood and stain it. (This desk has a water-based walnut finish.) Use a foam brush to apply two to three coats. You’ll have to use some cabinets as a base (shown: three IKEA Besta Cabinets). Place the planks on top of them, line them up, and secure them together. Now you have a nice desk and plenty of storage space in the cabinets. {found on aubreyandlindsay}.

9. DIY Standing desk.

 DIY Standing desk
 DIY Standing desk

For this standing desk, you’ll need a table (upcycle one you already have, buy a new one altogether, or make one yourself) as well as a second table top and brackets. Place them one on top of the other, secure them together, and you’ll have a brand new and very functional standing desk for less than $30.{found on ikeahackers}.

10. Eclectic DIY desk.

Eclectic DIY desk

This is a fantastic DIY desk-building project that resulted in a modern desk incorporating multiple finishes. It’s glamorous and chic. If you’re up for creating your own version, start by sanding the top and the sides of the desk (provided that you already have one).

 

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