Yes, you can build a desk yourself. All you need is the right plans. Here are 40 DIY desk design ideas with plans that you can build on a budget! #DIY #homedecor #furniture

Do you want to build an easy DIY desk at home on a budget? Here are 40 ideas and designs with plans that will help you build your own desk.

If I think about it, I’ve never lived in a home that didn’t have a desk. And it was always used for many purposes. Indeed, everyone always used our desks whenever they needed to do homework, craft something or play with something. It was always the most multi-functional piece of furniture at home.

You can make your own desk too. The design and plans for it are usually rather simple, and it takes a beginner to intermediate level to craft it. So if you have the necessary woodworking tools and some wood to use, you can build it. To make it easy for you, we have rounded up several great ideas with tutorials that you can follow for several types of DIY desks.

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DIY Computer Desk

Check out the tutorial how to build a DIY desk from file cabinets and wood planks

Tutorial and plans: overthebigmoon.com

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 L-Shaped Desk

Check out the tutorial how to build a DIY corner desk

Tutorial and plans: www.littlehomehappiness.com

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.

DIY Custom Desk with Concrete Desktop and Wood Legs

Check out the tutorial how to build a DIY concrete desktop

Tutorial and plans: blog.homedepot.com

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 area and keeps things looking natural. For more DIY tips on this desk, visit the tutorial.


DIY L-Shaped Farmhouse Wood Desk

Check out the tutorial how to build a DIY l-shaped farmhouse desk

Tutorial and plans: www.hometalk.com

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.

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Easy DIY Home Office Desk with Drawers

Check out the tutorial how to build an easy DIY home office desk

Tutorial and plans: www.buildsomething.com

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 Wood Desk

Check out the tutorial how to build a DIY workbench desk

Tutorial and plans: diydoneright.com

With a vast 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

Check out the tutorial how to build a DIY copper and pipe desk

Tutorial and plans: amandamayphotosblog.com

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.

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DIY Custom Industrial Wooden Desk

Check out the tutorial how to build a DIY industrial wooden desk

Tutorial and plans: craftthyme.com

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, a single coat of poly is sufficient to give your project that perfect finish. This will give your space grace and class.

DIY Craft Room Corner Desk

Check out the tutorial how to build an easy to assemble DIY craft room desk

Tutorial and plans: thesewchicmommy.com

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.


Pipe & Wood Office Desk

Check out the tutorial how to build a DIY pipe and wood office desk

Tutorial and plans: imgur.com

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 are 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.

DIY Standing Desk

Check out the tutorial how to build a DIY standing desk

Tutorial and plans: abeautifulmess.com

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.

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DIY Pallet Desk

Check out the tutorial how to build a DIY pallet desk

Tutorial and plans: twiddlingmythumbs.com

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 Small Desk from File Cabinets

Check out the tutorial how to build a DIY file cabinet desk

Tutorial and plans: refashionablylate.com

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.


DIY Trestle Desk from Scrap Lumber

Check out the tutorial how to build a DIY trestle desk from scrap wood

Tutorial and plans: www.hometalk.com

Even from the standpoint of needed materials, this is an inexpensive desk, mainly 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.

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From Door to DIY Desk

Check out the tutorial how to build a DIY desk from an old door

Tutorial and plans: nourishandnestle.com

Ever thought of putting that good 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 Plywood Desk

Check out the tutorial how to build a cheap and easy DIY desk

Tutorial and plans: www.hellonancy.co.uk

If you’re ready to spend some time covered in sawdust and paint, this is a great way to make your 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 a tutorial, more of a guideline on how to create a DIY Parsons Desk. This desk, when designed without the drawers might be a more straightforward project, so if you want a simpler version, you may want to consider it. If you’re going to design your own, the diagrams and photos in this tutorial will help a little.

DIY Vintage Yardstick Homework Desk

Check out the tutorial how to build a DIY vintage yardstick desk

Tutorial and plans: ilovetocreateblog.blogspot.com

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.

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L-Shaped Double-X Desk

Check out the tutorial how to build a DIY l-shaped double-x desk

Tutorial and plans: www.handmade-haven.com

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

Check out the tutorial how to build a DIY butcher block desk

Tutorial and plans: www.modishandmain.com

If you want a large desktop space, this is precisely what the DIY Butcher Block Desk offers. This desk is a beast as it measures a substantial 72″ x 36″ x 1.5″ (length/width/depth). Assembling this desk is quite easy because you can do it in just five steps that are found by following the link.

DIY Vintage Desk

Make this easy DIY vintage desk for home decor

Tutorial and plans: strawberry-chic.blogspot.com

If you’re looking for an old piece of furniture with lots of character, consider building this simple desk. The plans are straightforward, and you can achieve all the charm with the paint job.


DIY Reclaimed Wood Desk

Check out the tutorial how to make a #DIY #reclaimed wood desk with hairpin legs #homedecor #woodworking

Tutorial and plans: notjustahousewife.net

You need some reclaimed wood planks and hairpin legs (that you can pick up in a hardware store) to create this beautiful 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.

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Rustic DIY Standing Desk

You have to see this tutorial on how to make a #DIY rustic standing desk #HomeDecorIdeas #RusticDecor #HomeOffice

Tutorial and plans: www.startstanding.org

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.


DIY MDF-Top Desk

Check out this idea for a #DIY repurposed cabinet and MDF top desk. Looks easy enough! #HomeDecorIdeas

Tutorial and plans: manhattan-nest.com

For this unique DIY desk, a nightstand becomes one of the sides supports for the desktop 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!

DIY IKEA Desk

Check out this idea for a #DIY #wood tabletop and IKEA legs desk. Looks easy enough! #HomeDecorIdeas

Tutorial and plans: www.ikeahackers.net

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 DIY Desk

Check out this idea for a #DIY desk with hairpin legs. Looks easy enough! #HomeDecorIdeas

Tutorial and plans: forme-foryou.com

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 desktop. Stained and sealed to perfection, this small desk makes the ideal surface for crafting.

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Industrial Sawhorse DIY Desk

Check out this idea for a #DIY industrial sawhorse desk. Looks easy enough! #HomeDecorIdeas

Tutorial and plans: www.kleinworthco.com

This desk packs a big ‘wow’ factor for its functionality, as well as its chic industrial vibe. Saw horses make the ideal desk side supports, with wood planks added as lower shelving. Some complementary metal attached to a wood desktop marries the top and legs.


Cube Bookcase DIY Desk

Check out this idea for a #DIY bookshelf desk. Looks easy enough! #HomeDecorIdeas

Tutorial and plans: whoanelliepress.wordpress.com

Two white cube bookcases make the perfect support for this desk as it adds massive storage and decor styling potential for displaying items. An attached sheet of painted plywood makes up the desktop and can be painted any color to suit any decor.

Birch and Aluminum DIY Desk

Check out this idea for a #DIY birch and aluminum desk. Looks easy enough! #HomeDecorIdeas

Tutorial and plans: instructables.com

This desk is simplistic in design, but the patterning on the desktop 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.


DIY Pallet Desk

Check out this idea for a #DIY shabby chic #farmhouse #pallet desk. Looks easy enough! #HomeDecorIdeas

Tutorial and plans: thistlewoodfarms.com

A pallet with that plank-board look attached to a side table unit is practical as well as aesthetically pleasing. The slatted insides provide the perfect dividers for items inside the desk. The painted knobby legs cool white contrast perfectly with the rustic wood pallet top, nails and all. This desk is the ultimate in repurposing rustic charm.

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DIY Wrap-Around Desk

Check out this idea for a #DIY easy crafts desk. Looks easy enough! #HomeDecorIdeas

Tutorial and plans: www.uglyducklinghouse.com

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.

DIY Minimalist Hairpin Desk

Check out this idea for a #DIY minimalist hairpin desk. Looks easy enough! #HomeDecorIdeas

Tutorial and plans: sinnenrausch.blogspot.com

Few things are more sleek and minimalist than hairpin legs. When paired with a simple two-ply light wood desktop with a single drawer, you have the ultimate ode to that Scandinavian simplicity so many crave.

DIY Farmhouse Modern Desk

Check out this idea for a #DIY #rustic #farmhouse desk. Looks easy enough! #HomeDecorIdeas

Tutorial and plans: www.makeit-loveit.com

Wood posts cut to the perfect angles to create picnic table style legs, painted white, and paired with a wood-stained and sealed desktop is beautiful for its simplistic and rustic farmhouse charm.


Ultra Minimalist Oak Legless DIY Desk

Check out this idea for a #DIY wall mounted oak desk. Looks easy enough! #HomeDecorIdeas

Tutorial and plans: www.designsponge.com

This desk is the ultimate in minimalist style as there are no legs, and the desktop is a rectangular oak box made from wood pieces cut and screwed together, then attached to wall-mounted L brackets. The box-shaped top has plenty of storage inside, with lots of space beneath for any manner of the chair with no table legs to get in the way.

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DIY Wall-Mounted Desk

Check out this idea for a #DIY wall mounted shelf desk. Looks easy enough! #HomeDecorIdeas

Tutorial and plans: thecraftedlife.com

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 desktop is stained to perfection and connected to the wall via L brackets.


DIY Workbench Desk

Check out this idea for a #DIY workbench inspired desk. Looks easy enough! #HomeDecorIdeas

Tutorial and plans: jaimecostiglio.com

This workbench-inspired desk is unique and industrial looking with its 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 desktop and shelf-style side support offer loads of work space and storage.

DIY Modern Flip-Top Desk

Check out this idea for a #DIY modern flip desk. Looks easy enough! #HomeDecorIdeas

Tutorial and plans: www.homemade-modern.com

This flip-top desk is the ultimate regarding practicality and storage as the desktop 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.


DIY Pottery Barn Desk

Check out this idea for a #DIY repurposed cabinet desk. Looks easy enough! #HomeDecorIdeas

Tutorial and plans: www.mypassionfordecor.com

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!

DIY Piping Desk

Check out this idea for a #DIY #rustic piping desk. Looks easy enough! #HomeDecorIdeas

Tutorial and plans: cafecartolina.blogspot.com

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 a chic industrial desk just ready to inspire.

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Piping and Butcher-Block DIY Tabletop Desk

Check out this idea for a #DIY piping and butcher block #rustic desk. Looks easy enough! #HomeDecorIdeas

Tutorial and plans: housebyhoff.com

The piping material is used for the legs, with casters added to the bottom for the ultimate convenient mobility. The butcher block desktop paired with the industrial legs makes this desk both warm and modern.