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How To Built a Writing Desk – 15 Inspirational Ideas

When it comes to our writing, which we do a little bit of every day, sometimes it slips our minds just how important the space that you spend your time writing in can be. If you’re not feeling comfortable and inspired while you’re sitting there, how can you produce your best work? This is why we’re so glad that we have creative skills regarding words and when it comes to being crafty and good with DIY techniques. Lately, we’ve found ourselves looking up all different kinds of DIY tutorials that will help us make or customize our own awesome, fresh feeling writing desk and space so we can give ourselves the best spot to work from and really get down to business!

1. Fabric layer glass writing desk

Fabric layer glass writing desk

Perhaps you already have a writing desk that works just fine as it is, but you can’t help wishing that it had some kind of extra patterning or pizzazz to it, just to help you feel as awake and alive as possible while you’re sitting at it? Well, if you’re looking for a super quick solution, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Maple and Magnolia used fabric under a length of glass, placed right upon the desktop one after the other, to give the desk a new look!

2. Simple DIY writing desk

Simple diy writing desk

If you’re going to put the work into making some kind of writing desk for yourself, would you much rather make the entire thing from scratch yourself? Well, just because you want to start from the very start doesn’t mean it has to be something complicated or very difficult! Even a beginner at simple woodworking projects could handle giving this easy DIY writing desk from Made By Mitcch a try. Imagine how satisfied and accomplished you’ll feel when you use it!

3. Makeshift desk from an ironing board

Makeshift desk from a writing board

Perhaps you’re actually living in a very temporary space right now that’s quite strapped for floor space and you’re looking for more of a “life hack” solution to work at for a few weeks, rather than a full DIY writing desk concept? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at the way The House of Wood set up an ironing board and used that as a makeshift desk in a way that made it a s0rt of useful multi-purpose space!

4. Pottery Barn inspired Sicily writing desk

Pottery barn inspired sicily writing desk

Are you the kind of very handy person who always prefers to recreate brand name and store bought things you’ve seen in your own DIY way rather than paying the big bucks for labels? Well, if you’ve ever appreciated the home furnishing styles of Pottery Barn, we think you’ll get along quite well with this in-depth tutorial that actually shows you how t build a desk styled after one of their best sellers! Get the full instructions on Rogue Engineer.

5. DIY farmhouse from scratch

Diy farmhouse from scratch

Perhaps you already have a desk that works perfectly well but that’s a little old and worn looking, so you’re looking to give it a bit of a facelift? Well, why not lean into that wear and go for something farmhouse chic looking? We love the way Cherished Bliss did precisely that, staining and treating their old wooden desk for a stylishly and purposely weathered look.

6. Simple wood desk with matching end cabinets

Simple wood desk with matching end cabinets

Are you quite interested indeed in the idea of having a wooden writing desk with a sort of rustic chic appearance to it but you can’t help wishing you could make a version that gives you a lot more storage, even though you’re not much of a woodworker? In that case, we think you’ll really appreciate the way Shanty 2 Chic created this writing space by treating and staining a wooden desk and two cabinets set at the ends!

7. Metal piping and butcher block table

Metal piping and butcher block table

Perhaps your house has a slightly more industrial chic aesthetic and you’ve been looking for a design that you can DIY but that will help you harness that specific look? Then we think you simply must take a look at the way House By Hoff made themselves this fantastic piping and butcher block table that looks like something you might see in a warehouse or a studio.

8. Simple ladder leg wooden desk

Simple ladder leg wooden desk

Did we really intrigue you when we started talking about wooden desk ideas that give you a little more storage because you always have a few books or papers to organize around where you’re writing but you’re not sure you need entire cabinets like the idea we just showed you? Then perhaps you’d get along a little better with something like this DIY desk from Shanty 2 Chic that has a ladder style leg with a shelf on each.

9. DIY filing cabinet desk

Diy filing cabinet desk

Even though you’re absolutely in need of a desktop to work on, do you find that you actually almost use your filing cabinet even more than anything else in your home office space? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Refashionably Late made this extremely useful desk that actually has a filing cabinet built right in!

10. DIY wooden farmhouse corner desk from scratch

Diy wooden farmhouse corner desk from scratch

Have we actually really caught your attention very well so far with the idea of making a sort of farmhouse inspired wooden desk for yourself but you’re not sure a regular, straight across desk is the best shape for you? Then we have a feeling you’ll get a real kick out of the way Little Home Happiness made a corner desk instead! They show you how to make it happen right from scratch.

11. DIY modern leaning writing desk

Diy modern leaning writing desk

Maybe you are interested in wooden desks like we’ve been talking about on and off but you’re also wondering whether or not there might be some kind of slightly more modern design you can create that will suit your contemporary home a little better? Then we’d be willing to bet that this awesome leaning desk outlined step by step on NJP Designs will be a little more up your alley!

12. Easy hairpin leg writing desk

Easy hairpin leg writing desk

Speaking of contemporary desk and furniture designs, have you actually been holding out on choosing a piece because you can’t help wondering whether you might find a mid-century inspired piece, since those are trending so hard right now? Then we’re pleased to report that your patience has paid off! Check out how Sawdust Sisters made this DIY writing desk with hairpin legs.

13. Simple two-drawer writing desk

Simple two drawer writing desk

Perhaps you’re quite new to the idea of doing your own woodworking at home but, at the same time, you’re intent on making your desk from scratch because you’ve been practicing and you’re feeling up for a challenge? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at the way Ana White outlines the entire process for making your very own simple two-drawer desk with your own two hands!

14. DIY modern wooden work desk

Diy modern wooden work desk

Are you still reading through this list and mostly appreciating the wooden options we’ve talked about but you’re just not convinced on any of the designs so far and you’d much prefer something simple and sleek? In that case, we think you simply must take a look at the way Kalaakaar Makerspace made this desk from scratch.

15. Portable modern desk with folding legs

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Have you actually been scrolling through our list thinking about how you’d love to have a writing desk in your space but you’re also living in a very small apartment right now so you’re just not sure you have the room to commit to having it set up all the time? Then you just might be the perfect person to try something like this fantastic portable desk with legs to fold so it’s easier to move when you need to! Get the full instructions for making one of your own on Modern Builds.

Do you know another home crafter or DIY enthusiast who has been wanting to make their very own writing desk for a while now but who could use a little help and guidance along the way? Share this post with them so they have all kinds of styles and tutorials to choose from!