8 Easy And Cheap DIY Desks That’ll Instantly Upgrade Your Work Space

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As someone who works from home, I know the importance of having a dedicated work space. It doesn’t have to be anything special, just a place that lends itself to a little bit of privacy so you can get your work done.

But let’s get real. We don’t all have room in our homes for a true office. And how many of us can afford a nice new desk? Not me, that’s for sure. In fact, up until a few weeks ago my bed was my office. Not in a sick, sordid sort of way – I worked while sitting on my bed watching TV with my laptop propped on my legs.

Not conducive to getting a good days work done.

So I decided to see if I could easily create a desk that looked stylish and would let me work comfortably.  Oh…and it had to be done on the cheap.  Lo and behold, I’ve found some awesome DIY desk projects that are all budget friendly, easy to do and super stylish.

Check them out and let me know what you think.

Easy And Cheap DIY Desks For Home Offices and Work Spaces


Use a windowsill as a desk
Window sill desk image courtesy of stylemutthome.com

#1  Windowsill Desk

If you have a windowsill that’s just the right height, add a shelf to it to make it wide enough to slide a chair underneath, like this idea from Style Mutt Home. All they did was secure a ready-made shelf to the sill and brace it with shelf brackets.

Ready to build this space-saving desk? Here’s a ready-made wall shelf and heavy-duty shelf brackets



How To Build A Murphy Desk
DIY murphy desk image courtesy of shanty2chic.com

#2  Murphy Desk

This DIY Murphy Desk is the perfect solution for small spaces. As an added bonus, it folds up and becomes a chalk board. Pretty cool. You can find the step-by-step DIY instructions at Shanty 2 Chic.

And here’s another DIY murphy desk option.  She sure makes it look easy to do !

Now, I have to admit, I would ask my husband to build either of these for me. It would get done so much quicker.

Don’t want to make your own ? This chalk board murphy deskicon from Walmart will do the trick.



How to build a desk o file cabinets
File cabinet desk image courtesy of diynetwork.com

#3  File Cabinet Desk

Have two file cabinets and a wooden board? This super easy DIY desk from DIYNetwork.com offers plenty of surface and storage. Don’t have file cabinets ?  These storage drawers from Ikea, work great.  Don’t have a board?  Use an old door, or any flat linear surface instead.

A place to get file cabinets that only cost a few bucks is your local Habitat For Humanity Restore.  They have a lot of doors, too.



Build a cinder block desk
Cinderblock desk image courtesy of remodelista.com

#4  Cinder Block Desk

A few cinder blocks and a board are the only ingredients in this simple DIY desk recipe.  This rustic, yet tidy, idea is compliments of Remodelists.com.



Build a sawhorse desk
Sawhorse desk image courtesy of Shanty2Chic.com

#5 Sawhorse Desk

My resourceful husband came up with this idea; not for a desk but for working on his “garage” projects. So I thought: “heck, that makes a great desk!” Sawhorses and an old hollow-core door make a cool and trendy desk that are easy to put together. Just set the door on top of the saw horses and voila! A new desk!

I’ve seen this style of desk go for over $200.00 on Etsy. No need to spend that much, just see if you have some old sawhorses laying around. You can clean it up to look like the one Shanty2chic.com shows us (which is the DIY version of the one from Restoration Hardware)


#6 Floating Desk

I love the idea of a floating desk because it can be any width and length to fit any area in your work space.  It’s so easy to build, too.

This stylishly curved wall-mount laptop desk from Walmart is pretty sharp looking, and fits nicely in a tight work space.



DIY open shelf desk
Open shelf desk image courtesy of prettyprovidence.com

#7  Open Shelf Desk

If you want a work space that has more of an open feel, this desk with open shelves is a great option. Look how stylish it is !  Prettyprovidence.com shows us how to DIY this desk but in a nutshell, it’s made with two small bookshelves from Amazon and a butcherblock top from Ikea.

If I was to DIY this desk, I would buy the bookshelves at Walmart and a remnant laminate counter at Lowes or Home Depot.



DIY barstool desk

#8  Barstool Desk

This cute desk is an awesome choice if you’re looking for a slim profile. Made out of bar stools and boards Lizmarieblog.com shows you exactly how to do it.


Spruce Up Your Work Space With DIY Desk Projects

With a few items you have sitting around in your garage, it’s really easy to add style to your work space. And who knows, you may even get more work done! Let me know if you’ve tried any of these ideas or if you have others you’d like to share.

DIY Desk Ideas for Small Office


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