Days are long gone when desks were the preserve of the office or classroom. Even when you normally don’t work on your computer for business, you may want one for social networking on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest. So today, as we welcome desks into our homes, would it not be better if they became an extension of our individual styles?
Accordingly, it comes as no surprise that a broad range of Do-It-Yourself desk projects are emerging daily. They range from the relatively simple to the more complex and intricate ones. Luckily, if you don’t want to, you will not have to start from scratch. Below, we have collected over 40 DIY desk ideas and projects complete with tutorials (and we keep adding to it!)
DIY File Cabinet Desk
When all the kids have gone to school, you need some space where you can spend time, improving your craft skills. What about using file cabinets for the base of your DIY desk? First, you will need to get rid of most of the cabinet hardware, and then follow the instructions in this link to create a unique DIY project.
DIY Corner Desk
If you love making your home one step at a time, you will just love this DIY corner desk. Again, if you want something spacious that will snugly fit into a corner, this is the desk to opt to. With three sturdy legs, this desk will hold items of sizeable weight. You can find the self-explanatory plans here.
DIY Desk with Concrete Desktop and Wood Legs
This minimalist, cool desk comes with a DIY concrete desktop plus a simplified wooden frame that supports the legs. Being a pretty simple desk, you can opt to add shelves for some more storage space. The wood brings a bit of warmth to your space and keeps things looking natural. For more DIY tips on this desk, visit the tutorial.
DIY L-Shaped Farmhouse Wood Desk
The L-Shaped farmhouse wood desk is absolutely stunning. It not only looks rustic and chic but it also gives your office a complete look. The desk speaks of wonderful craftsmanship, and is a real stunner. With a good stain, you have a desk with a lovely finish. If you want the DIY instructions, follow this link.
Easy Home Office Desk
Inspired by Pottery Barn, this DIY desk is an easy build as it comes with a simple design. Other than looking amazing, this is a very functional desk. Even when you have to alter some of the measurements to meet your particular needs, the plan and instructions are easy to follow and very detailed. The instructions can be found here.
DIY Workbench Inspired Desk
With a huge giant workspace that measures 7-feet long and nearly 2-feet deep, you will have plenty of work surface area. You can opt to design shelves below to hold a printer or storage baskets. You will love the feel and industrial look of the hardware. This is ideal for your basement or garage work area. Follow the link for step-by-step instructions.
Copper Pipe DIY Computer Desk
If you don’t require a computer desk, you can still use the same concept to make a kitchen table, an accent table, or coffee table. You can opt to stick to the guidelines offered or modify them slightly to meet your specific needs. The Copper Pipe DIY Computer Desk is very doable by following the link.
Custom Industrial Wooden Desk
When everything at the shops is either in the wrong piece or wrong price, the best option is to build something on your own. Once you have assembled all the Custom Industrial Wooden Desk pieces together, a single coat of poly is sufficient to give your project that perfect finish. This will give your space grace and class.
Craft Room Desk
This is easy to assemble. You can decide to finish it up by adding an extra storage unit or a fold out cutting table. Your storage unit can also be modified to allow space where you can store an extra sewing machine. Once your desk unit is complete, you can use minwax dark walnut as your stain color for that great finish.
Pipe & Wood Office
This is a unique DIY project that entails using stained support pipes and wood panels finished with polyurethane. The desk consists of four 2 x 8’s joined using glue and pocket holes. You can use 2.5″ screws to join the pieces. You can use a spray gun to stain your desk.
This desk allows for two people to work in separate areas, giving you plenty of desktop space. Even though the desk height is designed for standing as you work, you can also get a couple of stool height chairs so that you can sit down whenever you feel tired. You are going to love how your wrap-around desk finally turns out.
DIY Pallet Desk
When sitting on your sofa doesn’t work for you anymore, you need DIY inspiration. The DIY Pallet Desk may be the solution. First, decide how large you want your desktop to be as disassembling pallets can be tough. You can even use one of the pallets to make an extra shelf. Once done, try sanding it for that smooth finish.
DIY File Cabinet Desk
The idea was conceived from a Home Depot Gift Challenge, and the creator is super happy with the outcome. You will be amazed at what you can do using that unused file cabinet in your office or home. Follow the detailed tips on how to put together your DIY File Cabinet desk on this link.
Trestle Desk from Scrap Lumber
Even from the standpoint of needed materials, this is an inexpensive desk, particularly if you got some lumber scrap pieces lying around. The beauty of this vintage build is that even when it gets a scratch or ding, it only goes to give it a little more character. Follow this link for step-by-step pictures and instructions on how to build a Trestle Desk from lumber.
From Door to DIY Desk
Ever thought of putting that unused door lying in your attic to good use? Why not transform it from a door to desk? Apart from the door, all you will need is a frame to hold it, and you are on your way to having your first from Door to Desk project.
Cheap and Easy DIY Desk
If you’re ready to spend some time covered in sawdust and paint, this is a great way to make your own furniture — so much cheaper! You need to measure the available space and plan how big you want your desk. It can be made to sit up to 6 people.
DIY Parsons Desk
This is basically a tutorial, more of a guideline on how to create a DIY Parsons Desk. This desk, when designed without the drawers might be an easier project, so if you want a simpler version, you may want to consider it. If you want to design your own, the diagrams and photos in this tutorial will help a little.
DIY Easy Desk
Here it is all about employing your own ‘produced’ products, regardless of the size for your DIY projects. When space is premium, make yourself an easy work desk using what you have to fit the available space. Get your DIY tools and follow this link on how to do that.
DIY Vintage Yardstick Homework Desk
Looking for a unique homework desk solution for your little boy? This Vintage Yardstick Desk will fit in the space you got available. You may want to seal the desk using polyurethane to ensure long service, especially if a little boy will be using it for his homework.
L Shaped Double X Desk
Sometimes what you need is an L-shaped desk. This design is from Jolene, the designer cum owner of The Rustic Barn. It makes a great homework or writing desk which you can also shove into that tight corner, and save lots of space.
DIY Butcher Block Desk
If you want a large desktop space, this is exactly what the DIY Butcher Block Desk offers. This desk is a beast as it measures a huge 72″ x 36″ x 1.5″ (length/width/depth). Assembling this desk is actually quite easy because you can do it in just 5 steps that are found by following the link.
If you’re looking for a vintage piece of furniture with lots of character, consider building this simple desk. The plans are straightforward and you can achieve all the charm with paint job.
Reclaimed Wood Desk
You just need some reclaimed wood planks and hairpin legs (that you can pick up in a hardware store) to create this wonderful desk that looks rustic as much as it does mid-century. This combination of styles adds tons of home decor interest. Check out the tutorial on how to make it.
Rustic Standing Desk
Want to start a healthier lifestyle? A good step forward is building yourself a standing desk. Follow this tutorial for easy instructions on how to do that.
Nightstand MDF-Top Desk
For this unique DIY desk, a nightstand becomes one of the side supports for the desk top with the drawers adding storage. Two pieces of MDF glued and clamped together make the perfect top. A little bit of white paint and sealant on the table top, some IKEA legs to add for the other side support, and voila, a custom-made masterpiece!
Unique Wood-Top Desk
This desk was made unique by blow-torching a wood piece to add that look of depth and layering, then staining/sealing it. Adding some IKEA legs and a custom-glass top completes the look, making it look like a far more expensive piece of furniture that it cost to create.
Hairpin Minimalist Desk
Often in life, simplicity is best, and this desk is no exception. Some black hairpin legs added that sleek minimalist look, while a cut piece of pine from the hardware store forms the desk top. Stained and sealed to perfection, this small desk makes the ideal surface for crafting.
Industrial Sawhorse Desk
This desk packs a big ‘wow’ factor for its functionality, as well as its industrial chic vibe. Saw horses make the ideal desk side supports, with wood planks added as lower shelving. Some complementary metal added to a wood desk top marries the top and legs.
Cube Bookcase Desk
Two white cube bookcases make the perfect supports for this desk as it adds massive storage and decor styling potential for displaying items. An attached sheet of painted plywood makes up the desk top and can be painted any color to suit any decor.
Birch and Aluminum Desk
This desk is simplistic in design but the patterning on the desk top features an impressive-looking finish. Douglas fir legs with a birch top decorated with steel panels and finished with an acrylic overlay for a professional look.
A pallet with that plank-board look attached to a side table unit is practical as well as aesthetically pleasing. The slatted insides provides the perfect dividers for items inside the desk. The painted knobby legs a cool white contrasts perfectly with the rustic wood pallet top, nails and all. This desk is the ultimate in repurposing rustic charm.
Two IKEA desk tops paired with wooden posts for legs makes the perfect corner wrap-around desk. This sleek modern piece is ideal in a space where you need to use every single inch. Paint the box-frame legs to match the table tops, and you end up with a custom-looking desk with a huge work area to house all your projects.
Minimalist Hairpin Desk
Few things are more sleek and minimalist than hairpin legs. When paired with a simple two-ply light wood desk top with a single drawer, you have the ultimate ode to that Scandinavian simplicity so many crave.
Wood posts cut to the perfect angles to create cross picnic-table style legs, painted white, and paired with a wood-stained and sealed desk top is beautiful for its simplistic and rustic farmhouse charm.
Ultra Minimalist Oak Legless Desk
This desk is the ultimate in minimalist style as there are no legs, and the desk top is an oak rectangular box made from wood pieces cut and screwed together, then attached to wall-mounted L brackets. The box-shape top has plenty of storage inside, with lots of space beneath for any manner of chair with no table legs to get in the way.
This desk is attached to the wall via colorful sprayed brackets. The open shelving above gives the whole desk a built in feel, and the desk top is stained to perfection and attached to the wall via L brackets.
This workbench-inspired desk is unique and industrial looking with it’s metal plates and brackets holding it together. Modeled after a workbench you would find in a garage or carpenter’s workshop, the union of metal and wood is rustic and functional. The large desk top and shelf-style side supports offers loads of work space and storage.
Modern Flip-Top Desk
This flip-top desk is the ultimate in terms of practicality and storage as the desk top features compartments for storage that flip up via hinge-attached doors. The hairpin legs add the modern touch, while the plywood surface gives the desk its warmth.
Pottery Barn Desk
This wrap-around desk features repurposed painted filing cabinets as the supports, paired with a solid wood panel painted to match the filing cabinets below. Hello to storage! Hello to lovely!
This desk is one of a kind as the crossover support and legs are made from plumbers, cast-iron pipes, and fittings. A simple wood top attached grommet style, and you have an industrial chic desk just ready to inspire.
Piping and Butcher-Block Table
Piping material is used for the legs, with casters added to the bottom for the ultimate in handy mobility. The butcher block desk top paired with the industrial legs makes this desk both warm and modern.