Check out these DIY desks that you can create out of simple materials without spending a fortune. Includes video instructions and list of materials needed.
Table of Contents
- Space Savers
- The Hacker’s Station
The great thing about DIY desks is that you rarely if ever have to crack open your tool box. A desk, as its essential core, is nothing more than a slap of something, that serves a tabletop, supported by, well, anything. Let’s deconstruct that grand idea into a clear mathematical equation:
X + Y = Desk
X being the element that serves as the tabletop.
Y being the proverbial “legs.”
It’s that simple. Nothing more, nothing less. The second you dust of your tools, is the very second you, God only knows, have decided to complicate matters. Keep It Simple.
If, you really want to keep it simple then, by all means, forget the other desks on this list and do the first one.
1. The Cardboard Desk
Just papier-mâché this desk and hope it doesn’t rain or gets too humid.
- Glue gun.
- Cardboard boxes.
- If you really want to do it cheaply, then go to your nearest Walmart and ask when they stock up their shelves… That afternoon is a cardboard box free-for-all.
2. The Simple Modern Desk
This simple desk is anything but simple. The end product is one of the cutest and nicest images we managed to snatch for this article, but the road to that particular Utopia is riffed with power tools, pitfalls and, perhaps, the occasional jaunt to the Emergency Room. Still, if you’re up for it then by God go and hammer away!
- Sadly, you are going to need tools (drill, buzzsaw, sander).
- Wood glue.
- Various brackets (in sizes and degrees)
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- Try to get everything precut at your local hardware store.
3. Giant Desk
If Godzilla needed a workspace then he surely has found himself in the following predicament: watching a this very same YouTube video and cursing out loud because Home Depot and IKEA don’t deliver to Monster Island.
- Ikea Finnard for legs.
- Ikea Alex for storage.
- Simple Pine boards (their length depends on your space).
- Box of screws
- It’s a simple straightforward job. No funny business.
- Either sand the boards or treat them so they aren’t so rough to the touch.
4. The Double Desk IKEA Hack
This twelve-foot long desk is perfect for sharing your workplace. If, it turns out – like the presenter – that your office mate is also your lover than this design elevates interoffice relationship into a new level. Elbows meeting, knees touching, perfumes wafting in the air… this IKEA hack is one romantic puppy.
- Three book cases.
- Wood conditioner.
- Wood stain.
- Water-Based Polyurethane for a satin finish.
- Three 2x8x12 untreated pine boards.
- One zany drink more Gyn inspirational poster (optional).
- Metal connector bars.
- Get bookcase that meets your requirements once you sit down. In other words, that once you stack on the pine boards you can comfortably fit into place.
- Treat the wood with at least 3 coats of all the products.
- Wait till’ it dries off.
- Check out the step by step: https://www.icingonthecakeblog.com/diy-12ft-double-desk/
5. Clean Modern Wood Design
A dream setup for most is an ergonomic desk with a minimalistic view to life. Nothing too fancy. Simple, to the point and carrying only the essentials. Nothing to distract the mind or spirit while working.
- Tabletop: IKEA Karlby Walnut 74”.
- Desk Legs: AnthroDesk Legs from Amazon.
- This is a straight forward affair. Place legs, standing up on floor, position tabletop on legs. DONE!
- In case you can’t find, or simply want a smaller tabletop, then swing on down to your local hardware store.
The trick to a rustic desk is to really highlight and underscore those natural motifs that Mother Nature endowed this section’s super-star: WOOD! Each desk, in essence, should look like it’s been plucked straight out of a Western film. They should, if possible, come with their very own soundtrack and Texan twang.
1. Quaint and Charming Desk
The IT of this particular video is that fact that the YouTuber acknowledges a hidden truth about some DIYs… we are mere mortals! Some of us couldn’t tell the difference between a buzzsaw, a circular saw, a precision saw and a Big Mac. With that in mind, Steve Ramsey’s channel butterfly nets certain lofty woodworking concepts and brings them down to Earth. This is the perfect desk for a small room and, above all, for someone who simply wants a wooden piece but is afraid they might lose a digit or two the minute the buzzsaw comes on.
- Pine boards and maple plywood (they are awesome for reflecting the lights nd give the whole job a dream like, ethereal umph).
- Numbs for drawers.
- Your tools.
- Once more I’m going to say it: “precut is your best friend”.
- Download the free plans at https://woodworking.formeremortals.net/2014/04/writing-desk/
2. The Multi-Wooded Adventure
This writing desk was no doubt inspired by a quaint hike through the forest. If the artist so much as snatched a view of a tree, he instantly archived that majesty into the bookshelves in his brain. Once on the drawing board, egged on by a need to create, he simply picked different woods and slapped them all together.
- Slaps and boards of wood (pine, mdf and plywood).
- Iron numb for the drawer.
- The usual woodworking tools.
- Fevicol Glue.
- A tapping mallet.
- Wood stain.
- Follow the one-page tutorial: https://www.mediamilan.com/tutos/build-modern-work-desk/
- Wait for everything to dry-off.
- Construct in sections.
- Sand until it’s baby smooth.
3. 82 Bucks Custom Desk
This barn red wood desk, with cable management slot plus a nifty tray for clamping a monitor mount, will only spank your bank account for a measly 82 bucks… It will, nonetheless, tax your sanity to the limit. Why? Because, unlike other setups, this beauty requires you to don your carpenter cap and break out the circular saw.
- Tools: all of them.
- Paint or stain.
- Box of 3 inch screws.
- 2x4x8 wood: 4.
- 2x3x8 wood: 3.
- 1x8x6 wood: 4.
- 1x3x8 wood: 2.
- Download the measurement schematics at https://i.imgur.com/IfpAWv1.jpg
- Be creative with your paints. You don’t have to follow the step by step to the letter.
- Wait for paint to dry.
Desks, in general, are huge pieces of furniture. Some not only gigantic but extremely heavy. Once they are in space nothing short of an earthquake will rattle them out. With that in mind and the clear fact that not all of us live in palatial mansions, sometimes it is imperative to cheat. To worm your way, and do some fancy footwork, to be creative, to be imaginative, to be BOLD, in order to still have a desk while managing to conserve enough space in your condo to run around in.
1. Standing Up
The cool thing about this desk is that it can be used not only for writing but as a snazzy little bar. It serves two purposes and, in doing so, saves space.
- 12 inch long 2x12s.
- Mending plates.
- 1 1/4” box of screws.
- Black Iron plumbers’ pipes.
- The height of the desk can be adjusted by switching out sections of the pipe.
- Sand and treat. Don’t PAINT; it clashes with the grunge/industrial vibe of the iron pipes.
2. Floating Desk With Secret Compartment
The cool thing about this beauty, aside from its size, is the fact that it has a secret compartment underneath for all your little treasures.
- Choose any wood or even MDF
- roller catch.
- Corner L bracket.
- Wood filler.
- White Latex paint high Gloss
- Get every tool. For that matter go to Home Depot and ransack the aisles.
- Take your time. In order for this piece to come out looking so cool, you have to take your time. This is not a one-day affair, this is at best a weekend adventure.
- Play with the latex paint. If you don’t like white then, by all means, buy some other cooler.
3. The Swiss Army Knife Desk
This flip desk, although relatively huge, has an inner quality that makes it a space saver. What is that magical element? The fact that, like a Swiss Knife, its sections unfold like a Transformer and gifts your house with added space.
- Circular Saw.
- Flip Desk Leg Kit.
- If you are going to treat, to give it that Satin look, then be wary. Be very, very, very afraid. Sometimes the compounded paint will make parts of the desk stick together; hence slapping away that IT that makes this such a cool model.
- Treat with Danish oil not only smooth it out but to give it a slicker look.
4. Fold Down Desk
Is space a problem, then pat yourself on the back cause you’ve come to the right article. Not only that but from this huge list you’ve managed to pick the best item for your needs. Hurray! Half the work is done. Now, let’s get cracking.
- Tools (the usual suspects).
- 3 pine boards 80×30 cm.
- Box of screws.
- Take the back part off and screw in a cool metal monitor mount to the wall.
- Treat with different chemicals, to give it that shiny satin finish.
- Sand to perfection.
The Hacker’s Station
Let’s all be honest with one another. Time to tear down the wall and face an uncomfortable tabu… our calligraphy is ghastly! The last time most of us actually held a pencil was in grade-school. For that matter, I think pencils have somehow become rare almost extinct objects of devotion. When was the last time you actually saw one? They were outsourced to China and no doubt recalled because of a lead scare. As such, the only reason we need a writing desk is so our computer has a throne for her GB body.
1. Holy Batman
- Standard tools like a jigsaw, drill, ironsaw, file and sandpaper.
- A working knowledge of Quantum Mechanics.
- An engineering degree.
- A midnight pact at your nearest crossroad for some space-age wisdom.
- Forget, unless you really know about computers, the liquid cool deconstructed PC, and stick with the mounting and glass.
2. The LED Wonder
There is nothing more on Earth that screams technology like LED strips. Slap some onto anything and you somehow feel as if you’ve traveled through a time wormhole and landed in the year 2130.
- Minwax Gel Stain ” Hickory”.
- LED Strip
- LIBERTY Soft-Close Drawer Slide
- Edge band
- Oak (stained) and Pine (painted)
- Top 88 ¼in L x 22 ½in D with trim
- Book shelf 7 ½in W x 11 ¼in D x34 ½in H
- Cabinet 17 ¾in W x 21D x 31 1/4in H
- Top Drawers: 15 3/8in W x 16D x 4in H
- Middle: 15 3/8inW x 16inD x 7inH
- Bottom: 15 3/8inW x 16inD x 11inH
- Angle Finder (Digital Protractor)
- Circular Saw with Dust Collection
- Pocket hole jig
- Table Saw
- Trim Router
- Get help. If you don’t know squat about working with electricity and wood, then go make friends with your old bully from High School; that fella’ sure knew how to play with a hammer.
- Sand everything to perfection.