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.
DIY Corner Desks
DIY Corner L-Shaped 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.
DIY L-Shaped Farmhouse Wood 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 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.
DIY Craft Room Corner 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.
DIY 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 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 Wrap-Around 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.
DIY Concrete Top Desks
DIY Custom 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 area and keeps things looking natural. For more DIY tips on this desk, visit the tutorial.
DIY Wood Desks
DIY Computer 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.
Easy DIY Home Office Desk with Drawers
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
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.
DIY 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, a single coat of poly is sufficient to give your project that perfect finish. This will give your space grace and class.
Pipe & Wood Office Desk
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 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 Small Desk from File Cabinets
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
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.
From Door to DIY Desk
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
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
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.
DIY Butcher Block Desk
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
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
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.
Rustic DIY 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.
DIY MDF-Top Desk
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
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
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.
Industrial Sawhorse DIY Desk
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
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
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
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.
DIY Minimalist Hairpin Desk
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
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
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.
DIY Wall-Mounted Desk
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
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
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
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
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.
Piping and Butcher-Block DIY Tabletop Desk
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.