DIY corner desk

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How to build a corner desk quickly and easily? We will show you 7 easy DIY ways to do it. Read on.

A desk in the corner is a great way to use that space. One caveat is that you may find it difficult to find the right one that fits your layout and needs. They tend to be expensive too. So a DIY desk is a good idea for all of these reasons.

How to Build a Corner Desk?

The basic steps are these:

  1. Choose the material. The best wood for a desk is beech or birch. They are light woods and durable too – ideal for furniture. Although you might consider oak (more durable) or pine (light and inexpensive).
  2. Measure your corner space.
  3. Cut the wood boards. A corner desk is made of two tabletops attached at a perpendicular angle.
  4. Use wood glue and screws to attach the table surface together.
  5. Stain and paint the finished tabletop.
  6. Measure and cut the legs. The height of a desk you should aim for is 28 to 30 inches. That’s the ideal sitting height. It does, however, depend on how tall the person using it is.
  7. Stain and paint the legs.
  8. Attach the legs to the surface using glue and screws.

These basic guidelines are enough to follow any simple plans for a corner desk.

How much does it cost to build this desk? $100 or less if you stay within the budget (sometimes even less than $50).

If you would like to build a specific desk design, use the following ideas with plans.

L-Shaped Rustic

l-shaped corner desk


If you love making your home one step at a time, you will 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 clear plans here.

L-Shaped Farmhouse

l-shaped farmhouse desk


The L-Shaped farmhouse wood desk is stunning. It not only looks rustic and chic but it also gives your office a complete look. The desk speaks of excellent 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.

Copper Pipe

copper and pipe 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.

Craft Room Corner

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 a spare sewing machine. Once your desk unit is complete, you can use Minwax dark walnut as your stain color for that great finish.

Standing in the Corner

standing desk


This desk allows 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.

L-Shaped Double-X

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.


crafts desk


Two IKEA desktops 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 large work area to house all your projects.