Desks are handy to have around the house, whether you’re using them for computer work or just for the occasional bill-paying marathon. But there’s no way around it… desks can be expensive. So why not make your own? It will cost less, and you can customize the size to fit your space. Read on for 25 of our favorite DIY desks.
1. Easy DIY Farmhouse Desk
This beautifully stained wooden writing desk would be the perfect addition to a bedroom, or even the corner of the living room. And the legs are made from stair spindles… how clever! Make your way over to Cherished Bliss to find out that how to make one of these pretty pieces of furniture.
2. Hairpin Leg Desk
Add some mid-century charm to your home with this gorgeous hairpin leg desk. Just grab some plywood at your local home improvement store and you’ll be ready to make this super simple DIY desk. Head over to Sinnen Rausch to check out the instructions.
3. Wall Mounted Desk
If you have a small space, try using vertical space to make this unique wall mounted desk. The design allows for quite a bit of flexibility, too… move the shelves up and down as you please. Head over to Rachel’s blog The Crafted Life to find out how to make one yourself.
4. Modern Desk With Built-In Organizer
Not only does this desk have a unique shape, but it also has a built-in organizer for papers and magazines along the back. And it can be painted according to your decor. Make your way over to Rogue Engineer to check out the cut list, materials and the details instructions.
5. Copper Pipe Child’s Desk
Kids need desks too! Make this impossibly adorable desk using copper pipes, wood and paint in your kids’ favorite color. It’s perfect for the little ones to draw, write and do their homework. Head over to A Beautiful Mess to find out how to construct this piece.
6. IKEA Hack Desk
This mid-century style desk is actually an IKEA hack, made out of a Linnmon tabletop and legs from Home Depot. It’s simple and chic, allowing your accessories to really shine. Make your way over to Dream Green DIY to find out how to recreate this lovely desk.
7. Industrial Sawhorse Desk
This super cool industrial style desk is made using sawhorses, wood and sheet metal, along with a few other tools. It will surely add some funky style to any office or craft room. Make your way over to Kleinworth & Co. to find out all the details of this project.
8. Concrete and Wood Desk
For a super chic and understated look, give this lovely concrete and wood desk a try. You’ll need to make a mold for the concrete top, and assemble the legs which contain storage at the bottom. Head over to Home Depot’s blog to find out how to do it.
9. DIY Craft Room Desk
This easy desk is a functional workhorse, perfect for all of those arts and crafts projects that you’re undoubtedly doing. It is made with an old closet door and a pair of sawhorses. Genius! Check out the full tutorial with photos over at the Houseology blog.
10. No-Sew Lap Desks
Or if you’re more of a work-in-bed type of person, give one of these fun lap desks a try! This clever design doesn’t require any sewing, just some basic crafting skills. Grab some wood, foam and a staple gun to get started. Check out the tutorial over at A Beautiful Mess.
11. Sicily Writing Desk
This desk has a unique shape, with rounded sides and edging around the top surface. You can also keep your books handy underneath in the three large openings. Make your way over to the Rogue Engineer to check out the instructions and lots of photos.
12. Hairpin Leg Flip Desk
This industrial style desk has a bit of a vintage feel, thanks to the metal hairpin legs. It also has a handy flip up top piece that opens to provide hidden storage. An opening underneath lends even more storage. Head over to HomeMade Modern to find out how to make one.
13. Farmhouse Modern Desk
This lovely farmhouse style desk is perfect for the kids to do their homework on, or for you to pull out your laptop. It provides ample storage, and also has an interesting set of wooden legs. Head over to Make It & Love It to find out how to recreate this desk for your own home.
14. Vintage Yard Stick Desk
This unique little desk is made using a handful of vintage yardsticks; they are cut and assembled on the top surface, creating a super fun piece of furniture. Talk about a conversation piece! Make your way over to I Love To Create to find out how to make your own.
15. Craft Station
This super functional crafting station combines a functional pegboard with simple sawhorse legs and a wood tabletop. This piece is easy to make, and handy for any sort of art or craft project. Make your way over to Handmade Charlotte to find out how to build one of these for your home.
16. Rustic Desk With IKEA Legs
This fun rustic style desk is made with IKEA trestle legs and long wooden boards. The wood is then stained to create a rustic look. The trestles also provide a bit of storage for books or baskets. Head over to A Bird’s Leap to find out how to make your own rustic desk.
17. Workbench Inspired Desk
This utilitarian-looking desk is inspired by a workbench, with metal plates connecting the corners and plywood for the top work surface. It looks so stylish with the contrast of the pretty baskets and potted flowers. Head over to That’s My Letter to find out how to make one.
18. Upcycled Pallet Desk
Do you have an old pallet that you’d like to use for something? Make this clever pallet desk for your office or workspace! Just grab a few materials from the home improvement store and you’ll be ready to go. Check out the full tutorial over at Thistlewood Farms.
19. Rolling Pipe Desk
This rolling pipe desk has a fun industrial chic look, with a smooth wooden top and black pipe legs. Casters are also added to the bottom, making this desk mobile. Make your way over to House By Hoff to find out how to create your own industrial rolling pipe desk.
20. DIY Trestle Desk
This gorgeous trestle desk has an architectural look to it, with a complex design for the legs. This may not be the right project for a beginning woodworker, but someone with some experience could make it quite easily. Get the full tutorial with photos at Shanty 2 Chic.
21. Colorful Vintage Desk
This piece has a simple, contemporary look, with a beautiful stained work surface and bright, colorful turquoise legs. It’s super easy to make, and of course you can customize the color to fit your home’s decor. Check out the full tutorial over at Strawberry Chic.
22. Colorful Kid’s Pallet Desk
Transform a pallet into a colorful desk for your kids with this creative, unique little work area. All you’ll need is a pallet, some hardware and a couple of fun paint colors. Make your way over to Kristin O’Leary’s blog to find out how to make one of these pretty pieces yourself.
23. Pottery Barn Style DIY Desk
This desk uses two old wooden filing cabinets to create an elegant Pottery Barn style desk with cream colored paint, dark hardware and a deep brown wooden work surface. Make your way over to My Passion For Decor to find out how to recreate this look yourself.
24. Kid’s Cabinet Desk
This clever little desk made specifically for children is constructed out of an old cabinet, some wooden legs and a few other basic materials. And metal buckets provide storage for writing utensils. Head over to Shades of Blue Interiors to check out the full tutorial.
25. DIY Murphy Desk
This genius Murphy desk allows you to open the desk and fold it down to create a large work surface, and when you’re finished working, it can be folded back up onto the wall. This is perfect for small spaces! Head over to Shanty 2 Chic to find out how to make this clever Murphy desk.