Build Your Own Corner Computer Desk

Michelle Radcliff
corner desk

A great space saving idea for your home is to build your own corner computer desk. You might be surprised by how functional one corner of your home can become.

Planning to Build Your Own Corner Computer Desk

Building a corner computer desk can be a do-it-yourself project for an amateur woodworker. While this type of project is not impossible, it can be challenging. Whether you find a project like this to be easy or difficult will depend on the style of corner desk you choose, how well written the plan is and your ability to follow written instructions and use the woodworking tools needed.

The first thing you will need to do to build your own corner computer desk is take measurements of the corner where you want the desk to go. Place small marks on the wall where you want the surface of the desk to reach on both walls. This will help give you a rough idea of the size desk you want. This might depend on how much space you need for your work area and how much storage you need.

Next, do some research on the Internet. Look at all the different styles of corner desks selling in retail stores. You might be surprised how many different ways there are to build a computer desk that fits nicely in a corner. There are also different materials besides wood that can be used in the construction of a corner desk. For instance, pipes can be used for legs.

You won't necessarily be able to find exact plans for every desk you look at. This will just give you some good ideas about the style of desk you might want to build. If you're a more experienced woodworker, you might be able to expand on the original plan you choose to include features that the plan doesn't have. You can add on to a corner computer desk by looking for a plan for a corner hutch or corner shelves.

Examples of Materials and Tools You Will Need

During your corner desk research, you will notice how expensive buying a corner computer desk can be. You should be able to build your own corner computer desk for less money than buying one at retail prices. Your expense will also be much less if you already own some or all of the tools needed. Examples of tools that most corner desk plans call for are:

  • Circular saw or jigsaw
  • Power drill
  • Tape measure
  • Sander
  • Square (straight edge)
  • Clamps or vice

Your materials list will vary according to the plan you use and the style of corner desk you decide to build. These are some examples of materials you will need to buy:

  • Lumber-- this can include plywood or MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard), trim and 2 x 4 or 1 x 4 planks
  • Wood glue
  • Wood screws
  • Wood putty
  • Finishing nails
  • Fence pipe (for a plan that uses pipe for legs and supports)
  • Carriage bolts
  • Stain or paint

Cost estimates for materials will also vary according to the plan. Most range between $50 to $130.

Finding the Right Plan

There are some great free plans online for building your own corner computer desk. Based on the measurements you took of the corner you want the desk to fit in and the style you have in mind, one of these free plans might fit your needs:

Free Online Plans

Take a look at these free plans first to see if one might fit your needs:

Purchase Online Plans

These corner desk plans for sale are still an affordable option:

Just try to keep in mind that you should pick the plan that not only is the best fit for the type of corner desk you want but also is within your building abilities.

Build Your Own Corner Computer Desk