A new office desk can run you a pretty penny and may not accomplish the desired decor you're trying to accomplish. If you're looking to save some money or would just rather add more personality to the space, learn how to make a DIY desk that's the perfect fit for your home. With three simple steps, you will have a custom creation everyone who visits comments on.
1. Determine your space
Needless to say, the first step in making a DIY desk is figuring out the location and dimensions of the space. Don't discount a space because you think it's too small. The great thing about a DIY desk is that you're not obligated to a giant wood behemoth; it can be as big or small as you'd like it to be.
You can place it next to a window overlooking your garden, convert a closet or pantry so you can shut the door if guests come over, create an efficient workspace behind or next to the couch in a living room, or put it in an underutilized hallway.
Once you've figured out where you want to place the desk, take some measurements and decide how big you want it to be. Since you're making the desk yourself, you can make it fit the space, so play with different lengths and widths. Also make sure to consider what your desk will hold, like a computer, printer, speakers, Wi-Fi modem, desk organizer, file cabinet, and even the pretty items, like pictures, plants, or mementos.
2. Pick your materials
The next step is to pick your materials. You can reuse and refurbish an old table, desk, or sewing machine tabletop, or buy new materials for the job. Make sure to choose the material that fits your budget and decor goals. There are three main pieces to a DIY desk:
- The surface, which is the desktop, shelves, or drawers.
- The support is the base that holds the desk up.
- The seating that accompanies the desk.
There are dozens of different options you can choose from when it comes to designing a DIY desk. You can add floating shelves, open shelves, drawers, metal accents, concrete tops, and more. Look at pictures of desks online or in magazines to gain inspiration, and source materials from local hardware stores or online before you begin assembling.