- 10 DIY Desks That You Can Build for Your Home Office
- 17 Easy To Build DIY Craft Desks You Just Can’t Live Without
- 1. Simple DIY Built In Craft Desk
- 2. DIY Crafting Table
- 3. Fun And Colorful DIY Crafting Desk
- 4. Shaker Style Fold Out Desk
- 5. Tall Counter Height Craft Desk
- 6. DIY Thrift Store Find Craft Desk
- 7. Cute DIY Kids’ Craft Station
- 8. Murphy Style Hideaway Craft Desk
- 9. DIY Wall Mounted Craft Desk
- 10. IKEA Hack – Expedit Crafting Desk
- 11. Repurposed Filing Cabinet Crafting Desk
- 12. Easy DIY Four Station Craft Desk
- 13. IKEA Kallax Craft Table
- 14. IKEA Hack – Dresser To Craft Desk
- 15. Quick One Hour Sawhorse Crafting Desk
- 16. Gorgeous DIY Pallet Farmhouse Crafting Desk
- 17. Portable Bed Craft Desk
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10 DIY Desks That You Can Build for Your Home Office
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Need to make more room for inspiration? Here are a few ways you can amp up your workspace with renovated bookcases, drop-down shelves, and door slabs from the hardware store.
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Formal offices are slowly becoming a thing of the past, and traditional desk space is ever changing as more people work remotely.
Creating a functioning workspace is crucial for productivity, research suggests, but that doesn't mean you need an entire room to house your desk and work tools.
As workspaces become more crucial than ever in all homes, many are creating unique workstations that are both functional and stylish by simply building their desks themselves.
Our desk projects are designed to fit into any space seamlessly, and many of them use structural elements that you may already have including bookshelves, cabinets, and cubbies. You can easily upcycle furniture and construction materials into the base of your new desk from credenzas to secretaries, and even sawhorses.
Over the years, we reimagined kitchen cabinets as a simpler solution for bulkier file cabinets, and unified a pair of tabletops in an open configuration that can fit against any stretch of wall.
A metal rolling cart also gives this desk space an edge for crafting purposes; a cutting board with a grid tops the cart, frequently used tools hang from a magnetic towel rack, and an array of well-organized boxes and paper portfolios to keep materials secure.
Whether you're looking for a desk that doesn't overpower the room or you're in need of a tabletop for crafts when you're short on space, these assembly plans are simple and straightforward.
Keep in mind that most desks are traditionally 28 to 30 inches high; subtract the surface thickness when you order and cut your own legs.
Then, get to work on more of these easy ideas that can fit into any room in your home.
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A desk such as this one is perfect for compact spaces. Not only does it maximize square footage by fitting into a modular storage shelf, it neatly folds away and puts clutter sight. First, measure the width and height of the opening you want to use for a pull-down desk.
Cut a piece of plywood to those dimensions. Paint to match shelf; let dry completely. Cut felt to the dimensions of plywood. (Optional: Add a brass-and-leather handle for a cohesive look.) Spray one side of plywood with adhesive, press felt onto surface, and let dry.
Remove a shelf and cut down the back edge by 3/4 inch (or have it cut at your local lumberyard). Align the plywood desk with a shelf. Screw 2 desk hinges into the desk and then to the shelf. Place the shelf and plywood desk into the bookcase.
Screw lid-stay hinges into both.
To get a spacious desk for a song, lay a hollow-core door across two sawhorses. Coat them all with scuff-resistant high-gloss paint, and the sleek factor skyrockets. (We used Benjamin Moore's “Trout” Gray.
) Then keep supplies in reach with color-blocked pegboard, magnetic sheet metal, and chalkboard that you can outfit with standard-issue hooks, magnets, and shelves. Spray-paint them gold to unify—and elevate—them.
Benjamin Moore Paint, in Trout Gray, benjaminmoore.com. Jeld-Wen Unfinished Flush Hardwood Interior-Door Slab, 32″ by 80″, $41, homedepot.com. The Home Depot Pine Sawhorses, 29″, $19 each, homedepot.com. Dimensions White Pegboard, 48″ by 24″, $9, homedepot.com.
Everbilt 26-Gauge Zinc-Plated Sheet Metal, 12″ by 24″, $7, homedepot.com. Ook Hangman French Cleat Picture-Hanger Kit, $12 for 13 pieces, homedepot.com. #10 Brass Finishing Washers, $1.25 for 4, homedepot.com. Everbilt #10 Phillips Flat-Head Wood Screws, 21⁄2″, $1.
25 for 2, homedepot.com. Art to Frames Picture Frames, 24″ by 36″, in Natural Oak, $40 each, arttoframe.com. Industry West Hovy Armchair, $950, industrywest.com. Target Project 62 Dean LED Task Lamp, $30, target.com.
Cofield Hand-Turned Arched Bookends, in Black and Maple, $190 a pair, food52.com.
You can easily make this elegant desk in less than half an hour with a stainless-steel top and hairpin legs. These metal legs can skew industrial or modern, and the synthetic coating ups the cost of each leg but also adds a pop of color.
To start, place the tabletop upside down on the floor or work surface. Position a leg 1-inch from its corner, being sure it is over solid-wood portion of tabletop. Use a pencil to mark screw-hole locations; repeat this step for all corners. Using a 1/8″ bit, drill pilot holes into tabletop at pencil marks.
Reposition the leg and screw it in; repeat this step for all legs.
IKEA Linnmon Tabletop, 47 1/4″ by 23 5/8″, $23, ikea.com. Powdercoated Hairpin Legs, 29″, in Red, $17 for 2, diyhairpinlegs.com. BL1 Table Lamp, in Matte White, $719, shophorne.com.
Get the Desk Assembly Plans
Some metal pipe and flanges, a sheet of plywood, and a drill are all it takes to make your own industrial chic furniture. This desk was made with a frame of one inch black steel pipe and oak plywood. For a more finished look, we covered the exposed edges with iron-on wood-veneer edge banding.
To build your own, download our assembly plan. Assemble both sides of the desk according to the side view of the plan. Connect threaded pieces, but do not yet fully tighten (you want a little give until all pieces are connected).
Lay both sides next to each other to make sure they're straight and the same length; adjust as needed. Connect the sides with a 48-inch middle pipe. Place the desk top (measuring 54 by 31 inches, and 1 ½ inch thick) over the frame so that flanges are 1 inch in from sides.
Using a 3/16-inch bit, drill shallow pilot holes into the desk top through each hole in flange; then drill in 3/4-inch screws; repeat this to attach the shelf (measuring 54 by 11 inches, and 3/4-inch thick).
If you prefer a more stationary work surface, substitute the end caps at the base of the legs for floor flanges, which can be secured to the floor for added support.
Black Steel Pipe, 1″ x 10', $3.25, homedepot.com. Plumbing SupplyBlack Malleable Iron Threaded T Joint, 1″, $8, plumbingsupply.com. LDR Industries Black Iron Cap, 1″, $3.12, homedepot.com. Columbia Forest Products Oak Plywood, 3/4″, 4' by 8', $54, homedepot.com. Color Reform Spectrum Overdyed Rug, in Yellow, 7'10″ x 9' 9″, $3,360, abchome.com.
Adjustable shelves make it simple to create (and customize) an orderly home office. This all-in-one piece is especially practical if your home office is little more than a desk nook. The workhorses of the unit are the three steel standards that run vertically on either side of the shelves and down the middle.
Once they're mounted to the wall, it takes seconds to raise or lower bracketed shelves according to your needs. To make this piece, we cut oak plywood planks in three depths: 12 inches for the top three shelves, 8 inches for the shallow shelf just above the desk, and 24 inches for the desk itself and the shelf below it. (The widths are 54 inches and 24 inches.
) Then we upgraded the boards by edging each with a strip of leather and adding a copper tack to either end.
To add leather trim, line up leather strip with the edge of a plywood shelf. With a pencil, mark spots on leather for tacks, about 1/2 inch from each corner.
Punch holes in leather at marked spots with the leather punch. Apply glue to both edge of the shelf and the back of leather strip. Adhere strip to the edge and press firmly.
Predrill holes in shelf through holes in leather, thenhammer in tacks.
To fit containers, measure 4 inches in from edges and sides of shelf. Mark spot with a pencil. (This will be middle of first hole.
) Make another mark 4 1/2 inches in from the first one, then another 4 1/2 inches from that one. Continue until you have marked a spot for every hole you intend to make. Attach hole saw to drill.
Center it on first mark; drill through. Repeat this step with remaining marks. Sand the interior edges of each hole.
White Elfa Mounted Standards, 63″, $13.50, containerstore.com. White Elfa Solid Shelf Brackets,7″, 101/2″, and 221/2″,from $3.75 containerstore.com. Bigso Marten Magazine Holders,$9.74, containerstore.com. Columbia Forest Products Oak Plywood, 3/4″ x 4' x 8', $54, homedepot.com. Tandy Leather Heavyweight Natural Cowhide-Leather Strip, 3/4″, $15 for 72″, tandyleather.com.
Tandy Leather Deluxe Rotary Leather Punch, $15, tandyleather.com. Barge All-Purpose Cement, $8 for 2 oz., tandyleather.com. Milwaukee Tool Hole Dozer Bi-Metal Hole Saw, 3″, $14.87, homedepot.com. Van Dyke's Restorers Copper Upholstery Tacks, 3/8″ $13.30 for 100, vandykes.com. Poly Bookends, 8″ x 7.5″ x 5.5″, $1,300, eggcollective.com. AgapeCaspa Tre 3 Chair, $1,876, suiteny.com.
An expansive work surface and plenty of storage—just what you need in a home office. Create this setup yourself with a door and two bookcases.
It’s no secret that doors make great desktops. They’re inexpensive, roomy, and readily available in a variety of sizes. But what about the rest of the desk? Sawhorses are great, but they don’t offer the storage low-rise bookcases do.
Thirty-inch square bookcases are the ideal height for a desk and are the same width as a standard-size door. Prime and paint the bookcases, and top with a door finished in the same color.
If space is tight (and you can’t find a ready-made door in your desired length), custom-order the size you need at a home-supply store.
To give the desk a finished, cohesive look, add a few details: Line the back of the shelves with sheets of marbled paper (secured with double-sided tape), and hot-glue a ribbon around the edge of the desktop and leather cord across the shelves.
Masonite Smooth Flush Hardwood Hollow Core Birch Veneer Composite Interior Door Slab, 30″ by 80″, from $150.15, homedepot.com. Gothic Furniture Unfinished Lexington Bookcases, 12″ by 30″ by 30″, $169, gothiccabinetcraft.com.
MJ Trimming Greek Key Jacquard Ribbon (#41898), in Leaf Green/Ivory, 2 3/8″, $15.98 per yd., mjtrim.com. Worlds Away Clayton G Lamp, $421, interiorhomescapes.com.
Martha Stewart Living by Safavieh Handmade Layered Faux Bois Wool Rug, 9' by 12', $62.77, overstock.com.
Get the Mini Office in a Chest How-To
Minimal construction transforms a traditional piece of bedroom furniture into an unexpected multi-tasker—a bulletin board, filing cabinet, and mini office, all in one. We bought clear-plastic hanging folder file cases, slightly smaller than the chest interior, and slipped them inside.
Cut two layers of 1/4-inch-thick cork (available at office-supply stores) to the size of your lid; affix them with cork glue to create a bulletin board. Use wood glue to attach a strip of molding along each side of the chest, several inches below the lip, to support a tray of office supplies.
A cutlery holder may be wide enough, or you can glue together modular wooden craft boxes, and paint or stain them to match the chest.
Same-size bookcases, painted to match, are joined along one side by long piano hinges. One case is affixed to the wall; the other is set on casters to swing out and expose the workstation. Opened, it's a compact, self-contained, innovative crafts or office nook. Closed, it's far more decorative than any tidied-up desk, without the slightest hint of its contents.
Get started by cutting shelf panels, made from Plexiglass, to hold supplies on the swinging bookcase steady without obscuring what's behind them; bottom shelves are tall enough to accommodate books, magazines, and file folders. Then, create a fold-up desktop from plywood that's been painted that same shade as the bookcase's interior—attach it to the stationary case with self-locking hardware.
A secured pegboard backdrop puts all the necessary tools of the trade (from pliers to paper clips) within reach, and battery-powered LED lamps installed in the bookcase's molding can help shed light on your projects. We finished the exterior of the workspace using a swatch of complementary wallpaper framed in decorative molding, which is on display when the case is closed.
We transformed dead hallway space into a functional desk with the help of a secretaire, which has enough work and storage space for routine filing and paperwork without feeling too much an office. We separated the cubby into compartments with brass tension rods, which introduce order, but not holes or scratches.
Positioned vertically, the rods anchor folders; used horizontally, however, they display reminders and notes clipped to drapery clamp rings. Lower shelves provide ample storage, as you can use upright file boxes as well as a two-tier inbox to hold unopened mail and papers that need to be sorted.
The best part? The secretaire's fold-down desktop can easily be closed up at the end of the day.
Three bookcases encased in a frame create a home office that can be hidden by a hollow door on tracks when the desk is not being used. A pullout shelf, above left, accommodates a laptop. A wireless printer is set on an acrylic riser to provide storage for paper.
The stool fits in next to the printer. A recharging hub is crafted from two hinged boxes. A power strip is anchored inside the bottom box with Velcro fasteners. Cords are threaded through grommets to the top box, where cord hooks hold each device in place.
The box is left open when recharging to avoid heat buildup. Fashion a “drawer” by positioning a shelf just under the desktop. It's a great landing spot for personal electronics.
Drill large holes in a shelf to fit containers for pencils, scissors, and other office supplies.
17 Easy To Build DIY Craft Desks You Just Can’t Live Without
Do you love crafting? Do you have a crafting table or desk that makes your crafting easier? If not, I have a wonderful list of DIY projects for you.
I found 17 easy to build DIY crafting desks that you are definitely going to want to add to your home. These are all super easy to build and many of them can be done in about an hour or less.
If you love crafting and you need a dedicated space to do it, this is the project collection you need to check out.
Some of these DIY crafting desks cost very little to make, which makes them great in my book.
Why spend hundreds of dollars on a desk when you can DIY it for less than $50? Honestly, there are so many ways that you can cut down your costs when it comes to making your own furnishings and décor. These DIY craft desks are definitely going to make your day.
They all have so much storage space for those crafting supplies! And, if you need additional storage anywhere in your home, take a look at these 85 clever storage and organization hacks.
It just makes sense that you would DIY the space where you do your DIY projects, doesn’t it? Whether you need something that takes up little space, a hideaway murphy style crafting desk, or you want something that seats more than one person, a four station DIY crafting desk, you are going to find the perfect craft project in this list. There is even a DIY craft desk for kids! And, if you need additional kids’ projects, check out these 50 amazing DIY storage solutions for kids bedrooms.
1. Simple DIY Built In Craft Desk
You can build this simple DIY craft desk right into the wall, so it saves space. If you have a dedicated craft room or just a section of a room that you can use, this is a wonderful way to have your own crafting space, and there is so much storage for your craft supplies! And, the storage is under the desk so it doesn’t take up any additional space, either.
2. $50 DIY Crafting Table
If you really need a crafting desk or table and you are working on a budget, this DIY crafting table can be built for just $50. That’s much less than what you would pay to buy a similar model. This one is made by putting a couple of premade shelving units together and then covering them with some desktops. It gives you loads of crafting space and so much storage!
3. Fun And Colorful DIY Crafting Desk
Crafting should be fun and this colorful DIY crafting desk certainly makes it fun. You can easily make this with a couple of bookshelves and a desktop or a thick piece of plywood.
You could even use DIY bookshelves for this one. The shelves give you loads of room for storing baskets or canvas boxes so that your craft supplies stay neatly in place.
And, you can decorate it in colorful style with wallpaper or contact paper.
4. Shaker Style Fold Out Desk
Whether you need a space for sewing or doing other crafts, this shaker style fold out desk is perfect. You can easily make this with some plain wood and you don’t even have to paint it.
That’s what gives it its unique look! Plus there is loads of storage space for all of your crafting supplies. I saw this one on Etsy and thought it would be a great DIY project.
Or, you can buy this one for around $900.
5. Tall Counter Height Craft Desk
This DIY crafting desk is really tall, as tall as your counters and it’s great. This one is made from a couple of shelves, a tabletop and a few legs and it’s super easy to put together. If you want something that is a bit less traditional than an ordinary desk, this is it. It’s tall enough to keep little ones…and cats…from destroying your current craft.
6. DIY Thrift Store Find Craft Desk
You can make this DIY craft desk from things that you find at your local thrift store. The tabletop came from Goodwill! It has shelves on the backside for holding all of your crafting supplies and the top gives you plenty of room to work, no matter what your current craft project may be. This is one of the easiest DIY craft tables that you can make…and one of the cheapest.
7. Cute DIY Kids’ Craft Station
Believe it or not, you can make your kids a DIY crafting station for less than $50 and it’s big enough to hold all of their craft supplies. This one takes up very little actual floor space.
Most of the craft supplies are stored on peg boards above the crafting desk, which is made with wooden DIY sawhorses and a tabletop.
This is a simple DIY craft desk that your little ones are going to love.
8. Murphy Style Hideaway Craft Desk
This simple wooden craft desk can be almost completely hidden away thanks to its murphy bed design. This is the perfect craft desk if you don’t really have room for a desk to be standing all of the time.
When not in use, it’s just a closed shelf on the wall, but the front comes down to make a neat little crafting desk.
This would be such an easy DIY project, or you can check out this one on Etsy that I found for less than $300.
9. DIY Wall Mounted Craft Desk
This little DIY craft desk takes up very little space and it’s really easy to build. I love the built in shelves that give you storage space for all of your crafting supplies. The supplies cost around $200, depending on what you already have on hand and you can put this whole thing together in about an hour or so. The desktop has so much space to work, too!
10. IKEA Hack – Expedit Crafting Desk
I love a good IKEA hack, especially when it makes crafting more organized and fun. This DIY crafting desk is made from a couple of relatively cheap IKEA Expedit units, along with a tabletop and a picture ledge. The entire thing is really attractive when it’s finished and there is so much room for storing everything. The Expedit units give you loads of shelf space!
11. Repurposed Filing Cabinet Crafting Desk
You don’t even have to run out and buy wood boards or anything else to make yourself a crafting desk.
You can simply put two old file cabinets together and then lay a piece of plywood or a tabletop on top of them. Boom! You have a DIY craft desk and it takes about 15 minutes to put it all together.
Plus, those drawers in your file cabinet come in handy for organizing and storing your crafting supplies.
12. Easy DIY Four Station Craft Desk
Okay, so if you have more than one person in your household who loves to craft, or if you enjoy having your friends over for crafting sessions, then you definitely need this DIY four station crafting desk in your life. There is room for everyone around this craft desk! It even has storage on all four sides so everyone can keep all of their crafting supplies at their own stations.
13. IKEA Kallax Craft Table
IKEA has so many wonderful things that you can hack and turn into something else altogether. Take this DIY Kallax craft desk. You make this from three IKEA Kallax bookcases.
You also need a board for the desktop and a few other basic supplies.
Overall, this is one of the easiest DIY crafting desks that you could make and if you happen to have a few Kallax bookcases, it won’t cost you anything to make this one.
14. IKEA Hack – Dresser To Craft Desk
A little IKEA Rast dresser can be turned into a gorgeous new crafting desk with just a couple more materials and a little time. I love the look of this one, especially the white on dark wood. The dresser makes one end of the craft desk and it holds all of your crafting supplies. The other end is a pair of old table legs and the overall project is gorgeous when it is completed.
15. Quick One Hour Sawhorse Crafting Desk
A couple of wooden sawhorses and a tabletop are all you need to make this stunning crafting desk, and it only takes about an hour to complete. This one is really lightweight and so rustic looking.
It’s perfect for your farmhouse inspired craft room or you could paint it any number of colors to match your existing décor.
And if you don’t have a couple of sawhorses that you can use, you can totally build them yourself.
16. Gorgeous DIY Pallet Farmhouse Crafting Desk
If you are really going for that farmhouse look throughout your home, this DIY pallet farmhouse style crafting desk is perfect. You make this with old pallets and it can be as long or as short as you need it to be.
If you want something really simple and really gorgeous, this is definitely worth your while. And, pallets are really cheap so this could be one of the cheapest DIY craft desks you could possibly make.
DIY indoor and outdoor pallet projects are great!
17. Portable Bed Craft Desk
Maybe you don’t need an entire craft desk. Perhaps this little portable bed crafting desk is just what you need, and it’s adorable. It is perfect if you are working on your crafts from bed or while lounging on the couch. You could easily make this one from reclaimed wood, or just take a look at this adorable one that I found on Etsy for less than $40.
Day 2 – Build a Casual Desk with 2x4s
Welcome to day 2! You can see links to the all 31 2×4 projects in the series here. I mentioned yesterday, my plan for this series is to see what we can make 2x4s. I want to keep it cheap, keep it easy, and keep it totally doable for anyone.
Today we are going to start with one of my favorite projects I have planned for this month – The Causal Desk. It is so easy to put together, requires only basic tools, and is super affordable to build. It has a simple, sturdy style and a big work surface that is perfect for your home office.
So let's get started….
6 – 2x4s @ 10' long 1 – 2×4 @ 8' long
2 1/2” screws (or Kreg Jig & 2 1/2″ self tapping screws)
4″ screws (or Kreg Jig & 2 1/2″ self tapping screws)Wood glueWood filler
2×4 Cut List:
(A) – 4 @ 28 1/2″ (legs)(B) – 4 @ 13″ (side supports)(C) – 3 @ 56″ (back/front supports)(D) – 2 @ 17″ (top supports)(E) – 6 @ 60″ (table top) Dimensions: 60″ wide x 30″ tall x 21″ deep Please read all the directions before beginning, and cut your pieces as you go, measuring before each cut. Use 2 1/2” screws or pocket holes with 2 1/2″ screws unless otherwise indicated. Always use glue. Pre-drill and countersink your screws. I have not built from these exact plans, so measure lots to make sure things work out!
Step 1 – Build the Side Sections
Use two side supports to connect two of the legs as shown below. The first support should be flush with the top edge of the legs. You can attach it using pocket holes with 2 1/2″ pocket screws and glue, or by drilling through the legs into the supports with 4″ screws and glue (you need long screws to get all the way through the legs!). Do the same to attach a second support 8″ up from the bottom of the legs (this will leave 13 1/2″ between the two supports. Repeat to build the other side section. P.S. If you don't have a Kreg Jig, this is another options without wrangling the long 4″ screws. Cut an extra 2×4 17″ long and lay it across the top side support and legs, centered with 1 1/2″ on either side (space for adding the front/back supports later). Drill through this board into the side support and both legs with 2.5″ screws to join them all together. You can do the same thing with the bottom side support, but cut the new board 18 1/2″ long and leave a 1 1/2″ gap at the back only.
Step 2: Connect the end sections.
Use the front & back supports to connect the ends you just built. On the front of the desk attach one support, keeping the edges flush with the tops and front of the legs. On the back attach one flush with the top & back edges of the legs and another flush with the back of the legs and 8″ up from the bottom of the legs (it will line up with the supports on the side sections). You can attach all these pieces with pocket holes (using a Kreg Jig), 2 1/2″ pocket screws, and glue OR by drilling through the legs with 2 1/2″ (or longer) screws and glue.
Step 3: Table Top Supports
Next attach the table top supports. These will keep your desk from sagging in the middle. Put them in about 17″ from each side and attach with your Kreg Jig (or by drilling through the front & back supports with 2 1/2″ screws) and glue. **If you are making your desk longer or shorter you can use more or less supports to fit.
Step 4: Tabletop
Now you can attach your table top. You will have a 1/2″ overhang on all sides, so just line up your boards and then attach them in place by drilling down through each top board into the supports below using 2″ screws and glue. (If you have a Kreg Jig, you can first attach all the tabletop boards together side to side to form a solid surface, and even use your Kreg Jig to attach the top to the supports from underneath so you don't have any holes to fill on the top.) Step 5: FinishingFill any nail holes and give the whole desk a good sanding to get things nice and smooth. Then finish it off however you ! Maybe a bright coat of paint, or some stain and polyurethane. Or maybe a nice dark charcoal color? And you're done! An easy and affordable desk – and look at all that work space. Perfect for setting up the laptop or the sewing machine. Or both! So exactly how much does it cost?
Project 2×4 Cost:
$19.20 – 6 2x4s @ 10'$2.50 – 1 2×4 @ 8'
Building your own Casual 2×4 Desk? I would love to show off your work! Please send pictures of the completed project to morehome (at) gmail (dt) com. Happy building!
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I Did It!
Lee Anne modified the plan to make a smaller desk to fit her workspace, and created a beautiful finish with a gray wash top and white painted frame.
Jerod modified these desk plans to build a beautiful L-shape desk for his office! See more photos of this and the rest of his DIY 2×4 office furniture here!
ILOVELUMBER took a different approach on the top in order to use scraps already on hand. Looks great! (via ana-white.com).
DINIFAM went two-tone by painting the legs black and staining the top. Great idea! (via ana-white.com).
Matt built on ILOVELUMBER's alterations and provides a tutorial if you this style. Thanks for sharing, Matt! (via mattsdiyhome.com)
Redditor gk78 built a striking computer desk for his wife. (via reddit)
Jeremy modified the plans to make a corner desk. He built one regular desk and a second with only three legs and attached them together. Thanks, Jeremy! Looks great! David built this desk for his man cave and added a custom shelf to hold his computer (see second pic). Jon used these plans to create a fun vanity area by adding a mirror and lighting. I love the built-in outlets, too!
Pam modified the plans to create an eating space in a small apartment. It's a great solution when there isn't room for a full size table! She also made custom bar stools our 2×4 Chunky Bar Stool plans.
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17 DIY Corner Desk Ideas to Build for Your Office
The foundation of any productive workday is an efficient and inspiring workspace.
That's why it's important to create an office environment that utilizes the entirety of your workspace and allows you to work effectively.
A desk built into the corner of the room is a great way to maximize the space in your office, keep your office organized, and give yourself a larger worktop area.
If you've done a bit searching and can't seem to find a store-bought desk that fits your needs, we're here to help you build your own custom desk that fits your needs and dimensions perfectly.
With Kee Klamp pipe fittings, it's not as difficult to build your own desk as you may think and we even make the process easier by offering a few desk frame kits. In addition, you can build any type of desk you . Be it a sitting or standing desk, long or short desk, wide or narrow; you can create a desk that is perfect for you.
So to help inspire your own creation, we've put together this list of 17 DIY desk ideas for you to copy, draw ideas from, and/or modify for your own specific workspace.
Wall Mounted L-Shaped Desk
This desk was built by Christopher in Asheville, North Carolina. The desk fits into the corner perfectly and is large enough for multiple people to work at when needed.
Christopher decided to build the desk when he came across a few of our wall mounted desk projects. He wanted a desk that did not have any legs in order to slide from one position to another without the desk legs getting in the way.
Using the Kee Lite Swivel Flange, the desk table top is mounted to the wall. This fitting has a range of motion of 160 degrees allowing it to be used to create almost any angle. The table top also rests on two file cabinets on each end.
L-Shaped Corner Desk
This L-Shaped corner desk built by Janet S. is both functional and pleasing to the eyes. The steel pipes not only give the whole piece a strong foundation, but they also give the desk an industrial look.
The only downside to Janet's project was that she ordered the fittings from another retailer, a decision that she would later come to regret:
” Regrettably I decided to save $ on a tight project budget and ordered the Kee Klamps from another company. That was a huge mistake on my part. They had terrible customer service! I will without a doubt order all of my parts from you next time….and I'm working on plans for the next project already.”
Wall Mounted Desk
This desk built by Douglas in Charles Town, West Virginia, is similar to the idea above built by Christopher. It too makes use of the Kee Lite Swivel Flange to mount the pipe supports under the desk and to the wall. This gives the desk a clean, “floating” appearance. For Douglas, the desk functions as a workbench in his hobby room.
Craft Room Desk
“Happy wife, happy life”. That's what Bruce was thinking when he designed this desk for his wife's craft room. The custom design features sections that are spaced out perfectly and set to the exact height to perfectly store his wife's various shelving and storage.
The desk also features a custom countertop that's finished on all edges. Bruce appreciates how sturdy the desk is stating: “It does not move or give when she is working on it.” A full write up on Bruce's desk build can be found here.
U-Shaped Wrap Around Desk
Take your corner desk to the next level by extending it in both directions Robbie did with his desk. Robbie wanted to create something custom for his office and the result is this massive U-Shaped desk that wraps around nearly the entirety of his office.
Un your traditional U-Shaped desk, Robbie's desk is custom built to fit the exact dimensions of his office to make for a clean and perfect fit. The desk provides an abundance of additional workspace, while still keeping the room itself open and uncluttered.
One unique feature to note are the pine dowels Robbie used for the pipe component of the frame. Rather than using steel tubing, Robbie chose 1 1/4″ pipe dowels to save on the cost of the frame. The pine dowels were 25% of the cost of normal steel tubing.
In designing his custom desk, Robbie even went as far as to design a 3D animation using Google Sketchup and Lightwave 3D to help him to better envision the project. Check it out:
Built by Simplified Building's own General Manager, Chris uses this ergonomic desk in his home office.
Un traditional corner desks that feature a 90 degree angle, this desk uses a unique fitting, the Adjustable Side Outlet Tee, to create a slant in the desk that forms perfectly to the change in direction of the accompanying wall. The darker colored wood table top pairs well with the warmer colors in the room and overall, Chris has been extremely satisfied with the desk:
“The finished ergonomic desk is great: The keyboard tray allows me to place the keyboard at the exact height, the cords are hidden from sight, the shelves work well to store my router, modem, and backup device, and the finished wood matches all the other furniture in my new office.”
Multiple Monitor Desk
This standing desk was built by Jacob to relieve his back pain from spending too much time sitting down at a normal desk. Drawing inspiration from some of the other stand up desks we have on our site, Jacob got to planning.
He wanted his new creation to be as large as possible to give himself a large work area. Jacob s to use multiple monitors for his desktop PC so he needed something to accommodate his setup.
Jacob appreciated how easy to adjust and modify the fittings was, a feature that came in handy as the ” dry fitted” the frame several times when he was designing his new desk. Ultimately, he went with Kee Klamp because of its cost, ease of use, and movability.
“I plan on moving in the next couple years. Kee Klamps allow me to take the desk apart easily.”
Standing or Sitting Desk
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If you don't have an entire room as your office, but just a small space available, this DIY corner desk would be a perfect fit for you. The table top is made from reclaimed wood and the frame built using Kee Klamp fittings.
The utilitarian look of the iron pipes complements the warmth of the aged wood perfectly. You can see more about this project, here. The desk itself fits perfectly in the corner without taking up too much space, giving the whole area a clean look. You can customize a desk this one in the module below!
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All of the pipe and fittings needed to assemble the desk frame.
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Ikea Top Desk
This desk was built by Sims in Greenville, North Carolina. While not currently positioned in the corner (as pictured above), the desk could very well fit in a corner perfectly due its “L-Shaped” design.
The desk is one of eight current desks in Sims' work office with 12 more to be built just it. All of the desks are positioned at standing height, but since they were built using our adjustable table kit, they can be adjusted to sitting height and everywhere in between (allowing the desk to be set at the perfect height for the user)
Our desk kits are configurable in length, width, and height. From there, you can combine the kit with any table top you . In Sims' case, his office chose to use the Ikea Gerton table top.
Pipe Corner Desk
This diy desk is a different take on an adjustable height desk as compared to the adjustable height table kits that we offer.
This desk can be adjusted by loosening the set screw on the Single Socket Tee that connects the horizontal support. With this fitting loose, the pipe leg can be position further up or down to adjust the height.
The set screw on the Single Socket Tee can then be tightened back down to secure the leg in place.
This allows the desk to be adjusted in height while still creating a unique desk frame.
Corner Desk with Three Monitors
This desk was built by Michael in Dyer, Indiana after researching alternatives to pipe fittings.
Un traditional pipe fittings that connect using a threaded connection, Kee Klamp and Kee Lite fittings slide over pipe and secure down by tightening a set screw.
This generally makes them easier to use and more flexible (as they can be used in more untraditional ways as compared to threaded pipe fittings).
So Michael decided to build his desk using Kee Klamp. The desk is quite massive measuring in at 8 ft. long on one side and 10 ft. on the other. If you want to read more about Michael's desk, he did a full write on his blog that you can check out here.
Standing Height Corner Desk
Instead of building a corner-specific desk, Jonas was able to use two separate pipe desks that fit into the corner of his home office. This way, should Jonas ever move or decide to simply change the lay the room, he can simply move the desks side-by-side, on opposite ends of the room, etc.
In Jonas' case, the desks are set at different heights. However, we've seen this approach with two desks of the same height to create a flush table top. This approach can give you more flexibility and since there are no drawers under the desk, this layout still provides for a clean look.
Custom Top Desk
This DIY corner desk was built by Justin in Henderson, Nevada. The table top was custom built using some spare laminate flooring Justin had laying around. Instead of using the Swivel Flange some of the other wall mounted desks on this list, Justin instead used the Angle Base Flange to mount under the table top and to the wall.
The Angle Base Flange is a fixed fitting but it can be used to create an angle between 45 and 60 degrees. There are two holes in the flange to allow for mounting.
Dual Height Desk
This desk features a two-level setup that allows the desk to be used at sitting and standing height. On the lower top, the computer desktop can be used and on the upper level, a laptop can be used while standing. The upper level is connected to the frame of the desk. It also connects to the top of the desk by using the Swivel Flange fitting.
The Swivel Flange fitting has a socket on one end to connect pipe and a flange on the other that can be used for mounting (there are two holes in the flange). The fitting is also free moving and has a range of motion of 160 degrees. This allows it to be used to create almost any angle.
Butcher Block Desk
This desk was built by Corey in Montgomery, Texas. While again not positioned in corner, the desk could easily fit into a corner perfectly due to its “L-Shaped” design. The desk features a rugged design that is complimented by the black spray painted pipe. The desk utilizes a solid Maple tabletop from Grizzly Industrial.
If you want to read more on this project and the fittings you'll need to build a desk just it, you can check out the full tutorial and parts list here.
Corner Treadmill Desk
Ever heard the quote, sitting is the new poison? While the idea of standing desks used to be reserved for eccentrics, now it is being adopted by people worldwide. From reducing obesity, diabetes, and other cardiovascular diseases, there are so many benefits of standing desks. This one above was built by one of our customers, Lee W.
Lee wanted a desk he could use while exercising on his treadmill. The resulting stand-up desk adjusts from 31″ to 52″ allowing Lee to position the desk perfectly. It's an innovative way to get work done while keeping fit by walking on the treadmill.
Live Edge Corner Desk
This desk was built by Randy in Auberry, California. The desk features a 3-3/4″ custom table top made from a natural live edge wood slab. The table top is very heavy but the heavy duty pipe frame supports the desk fine. If you want to read more on this project, you can find the full details here.
With Kee Klamp, you will find that building almost anything is possible. The fittings give you the versatility to build any desk you want. If you're thinking of building you're own corner desk, make sure to browse our list of fittings and desk frame kits to find a solution that works for you.
Lastly, if you need any design help or assistance picking out the right fittings to use for your desk, our staff would be happy to help. Our trained experts will help you with any kind of project assistance you need. We look forward to hearing about your next DIY success story!
15 DIY Desk Plans for Your Home Office – How to Make an Easy Desk
Whether you're outfitting your home office or carving out a cute workspace for your craft room, these DIY desk plans are easy and inexpensive to build. We found desk ideas fit for every kind of space—from corner desks to standing desks and more. Some even boast smart storage for organizing all your supplies. Now get to work!
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DIY Wood Slab Desk
Leave a live edge on this floating desk for a more natural aesthetic. Mount to the wall with two simple supports.
Get the tutorial at The Merry Thought.
SHOP WOOD GLUE
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DIY Standing Desk
For those that swear by the health benefits of standing desks, this simple design wraps around the room without taking up too much space. Pair it with bar stools for those times when your feet need a break.
Get the tutorial at A Beautiful Mess.
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Compartment Desk Plan
The top of this rustic piece opens up to reveal three compartments. Stow away pens and paper for the office—or make it a vanity and enclose makeup and a mirror.
Get the tutorial at Shades of Blue Interiors.
SHOP POWER DRILLS
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DIY Butcher Block Desk
This DIY desk plan couldn't be simpler—or sleeker! Attach hairpin legs to a butcher block slab for a mid-century modern-inspired piece of furniture that looks straight a catalog.
Get the tutorial at Modish & Main.
SHOP HAIRPIN LEGS
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DIY Leaning Desk Bookshelf
Incorporate your desktop work area into a leaning bookshelf where you can store both practical and pretty items.
Get the tutorial at Ana White.
SHOP MITER SAWS
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DIY Farmhouse X Desk
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DIY Secretary Desk
Turn an old dresser into a secretary-style desk with shelves for open storage. This entire transformation costs just $10 from start to finish.
Get the tutorial at The Domestic Heart.
SHOP DRAWER SLIDES
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L-Shaped Desk Plan
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DIY Piping Table
Not only is piping a practical way to build desk legs, but it also gives the project a very “in” industrial style.
Get the tutorial at House by Hoff.
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DIY Corner Desk
Reclaim a corner that would otherwise go unused by installing a custom workspace. A cove moulding base makes the furniture look professionally built.
Get the tutorial at Shanty 2 Chic.
SHOP BRAD NAILERS
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DIY Floating Desk Plan
A floating desk frees up floor space in this boy's room. You don't even need to sacrifice storage: The hinged top swings open, so he can hide all his treasures inside.
Get the tutorial at Shanty 2 Chic.
SHOP STUD FINDERS
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DIY Mounted Wall Desk
A system of shelves and brackets mounted on twin tracks allows for an organized desk area with enough space for you and your right-hand man or woman.
Get the tutorial at The Crafted Life.
SHOP TWIN TRACKS
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DIY Murphy Desk