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For this project, you’ll simply need a corner desk (like Ikea’s Effective Desk) and a pair of wooden file cabinets. The first step is to paint the desk top and the cabinets in white. Remove the legs and hardware from the desk, then add some braces to the back corner that, in this case, have been fashioned out of metal plates and banister inserts. Now you have a brand new desk that looks better than ever.
Space-saving standing desks can be pretty expensive, which is why a DIY project like this one can be a wallet-loving alternative. This particular desk was made using some IKEA tech, as well as items from the hardware store. The owners didn’t give us many details on the process, but you can figure it out from the pictures. It’s an attractive, functional piece, and the best part is that it didn’t cost more than a few dollars.
This is a more elaborate project, although it’s totally doable with some planning and careful construction. Building a solid and stable (and stylish!) desk from scratch is not difficult, but it’s not the easiest DIY, either. But it’s a great way to get exactly what you want. In this case, it all started with an old solid wood door.
The sawhorse legs were made using three pieces of pine glued together for each leg. Two of the legs have hollow centers for power cords and internet cable, which is a very clever solution for electrical requirements. For the table top, the door was cut down to its final size of 28″ x 62″ and then sanded. After a quick prime and paint job, the table is done.
I’m personally a big fan of portable laptops. They’re smaller than regular laptops, but they’re more practical because of how easy they are to carry around. Here’s how you can build a desk for your own mini laptop. First you’ll want to cut the piece to the size you’re after. Use laminated pine for the top, and pine for the risers and legs. You’ll also be using a circular saw.
Once your pieces are cut, you’ll want to cut an alcove for the cable. Use a coin as a template and a jigsaw fitted with a scroll blade. Next, you’ll have to cut the angled edges. Use a compound miter saw to cut the leg tops and bases and the front of the risers, and use a circular saw to cut the front edge of the shelf. Now it’s time to assemble the desktop with adhesive and screws. Drill pilot holes to attach the legs at the top with four #8 x 1-1/4-in. wood screws each side, plug the screw holes and paint the desk.
For this DIY home studio desk, you’ll need a table top and four legs to make the main desk base. Then you can build another shelf for a keyboard and monitor. You can hide all the wire underneath the desk, and you’ll still have plenty of room the monitor, the keyboard, and the speakers…plus some spare space. This desk was made with only £45.99 ($72.86).
Here are all the materials that were used for this project: 1 4×8′ 3/4″ birch plywood, 1 3×6′ 0.118″ acrylic sheet, 1 12′ 4×4″ Douglas fir, 2 8′ 1″ aluminum angle, 12 8×12″ galvanized steel flashing in pre-cut sections, 10 3/4″ #8 stainless screws, 4 4″, 3/8″ hanger bolts, 4 3/8″ tee nuts, 1 can polyurethane finish, double stick tape, glue, Wide tape, aluminum polish, and car wax. Despite that rather lengthy list, you’d be surprised how non-difficult this desk is to make yourself. The key is to pay attention to details.
When you think practically, there’s no need to pay hundreds of dollars for a desk when you can make your own one for under $30. Here’s how: Use (9 cm) wide CLS for the main frame (legs and one support) and some 60mm (6cm) CLS timber for the supports that will be visible. Use 18mm thick plywood to make the desktop. Cut it down into 4’’ planks, then place as the desktop, leaving a small gap between each plank. Use screws and glue to keep everything together. You can also choose to paint it.