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31 Modern DIY Desk Ideas You Can Build For Your Home Office

Are you looking for a custom way to makeover your home office? Most of us are probably looking to upgrade it cheaply. These 30+ DIY desk ideas are here to help inspire you with free plans, ideas and resources.

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There are many ways that people look at creating their own furniture. You can either repurpose furniture that already exists or build something completely brand new. The home office is more important than ever and the perfect place to start with making your own desk.

Our favorite is #4. We can’t believe the smooth finish she was able to get with plywood.

What to look for when repurposing a desk?

  • Make sure that it has a sturdy base or that you have a plan to fix any structural problems. You will see a Pottery Barn look-a-like that was a good piece to start with but got completely redone in order to make it a solid desk that will last.
  • If it is a wooden desk, dovetailed drawers are something to look for.
  • Do the drawers easily slide in and out? Is anything broken?
  • What is the desktop like? Are you planning on replacing it? If it is uneven or warped you will need a plan for this.
  • Think outside the box. Is there a different piece of furniture that could work as a desk or desk storage?

Tips For Building A New Desk

  • The standard desk is at least 30″ wide and 18″ deep. Make sure you are building a desk that fits your space. As you will see in the desk ideas below there are many different sizes you can build.
  • Create a drawing of what you want
  • Measure, measure, measure
  • Make sure to account for the proper height of your chair and the height of the desk. The last thing you want is a desk that is uncomfortable to sit at. You could also make the height so that it is a custom standing desk.
  • Decide on the type of wood. If you are painting your desk you probably can go for cheaper wood than if you are staining.
  • If you are not sure you want to do a complete DIY desk build, you could consider mixing premade items like file cabinets with wooden board top to get the look you need.

Don’t have a circular saw?

You can always ask places like Home Depot to precut wood to help you with your desk build.

DIY Desk Ideas

Whether you have a small space or a dedicated office space this list of do-it-yourself desks will inspire you. Your home office makeover can be inexpensive with these DIY desk plans. These ideas are the perfect place to start planning your office no matter what home decor style you love.


Is building your own desk cheaper?

If you are looking to buy a quality desk then it would be cheaper to DIY a desk out of nicer wood. Some of the desks in our list of homemade desks were done for less than $50. DIY projects are always going to be more economical if you already have the tools and some supplies on hand.

What can I use instead of a desk?

A table can easily be repurposed into a desk. Consider adding file cabinets under the table for extra desk storage.

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Looking for more DIY inspiration?

Building or refurbishing a desk can be a very fun and rewarding project. You don’t always have to be a master woodworker to make something yourself. These DIY desk projects are sure to help you be more productive in your home office.

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  1. Hello, I love your desk! May I ask what fabric you used, and how did you get the edges from fraying?

    1. Hi Kalinda. The fabric was just a pattern found in the remnants at JoAnn fabric. My mother actually folded, stitched and ironed the edges to have the fabric lay flat. If you are looking for a more no-sew idea, you could always just fold the edges over and use iron-on double-sided tape. Just make sure that the fabric you pick is thin enough or else your glass top may not sit as nicely.