Homemade home office desks can be difficult to make if you choose a challenging design, but if you want something simple you can easily make one yourself.
Preparing to Make a Desk
If you are thinking about making your own desk, the first thing to do is assess your needs and figure out how big you want your desk to be and how much storage you require. There are a lot of free plans for computer desks out there so check them out and see if any of them are suitable.
If your carpentry skills are good and you're up for the challenge, you can make your own desk with drawers and storage, but if not you can try something a little different. Don't be afraid to think outside the box and create a workspace to suit your needs and style.
Simple Homemade Home Office Desks
Fast and Easy Option
One of the simplest ways to make a home office desk is to take two filing cabinets and place them a few feet apart wherever you want your desk. Then place a piece of plywood or particle board on top and voila, you have a desk. Make sure the wood is strong enough to hold whatever you will place on the desk. It might not be the prettiest desk you'll ever see, but it's functional and simple.
Stylish and Simple Idea
A really stylish and trendy type of desk you can easily make yourself is created by taking a couple of wooden sawhorses, placing them a few feet apart, and then having a piece of glass cut to the desired size to use as the top. It won't give you any storage space but it will give you a great looking workspace! Remember to have the glass tempered and the edges rounded for safety purposes.
Makeshift Desks for Small Spaces
Closet Desk Solution
If you're pressed for space you can incorporate a desk into a closet. Remove any items that are in the closet and then install a shelf at desk height. It can either be static or you can make a retractable version that can be pulled out. You can also install other shelves to store office items.This is great for small spaces because you can simply close the door when you're done working and the "office" is hidden. Either keep a stool in the closet that can fit under the shelf, or use an accent chair from elsewhere in the home that can be pulled up to the shelf when you're working and put back in its place when you're not.
Creative Armoire Desk
A similar idea is to install a pullout shelf into an armoire. This is another type of makeshift office whose doors can be closed when the work is done. Don't forget to drill a hole into the back of the piece to feed electrical cords through. This will keep the space organized and ensure that you don't have wires going every which way. If you decide to do this project with an older or expensive armoire it might be a good idea to have a professional carpenter do it so it doesn't get damaged.
Fold Down Desk
There are also ways to make a homemade home office desk by attaching a fold-down unit to the wall. These can be made in just about any size. They fold down to create a workstation when you need them, and fold up against the wall when you don't. You can also purchase these units if you don't want to make one yourself.
Ready to Make Your Own Desk?
There are all kinds of ways to make homemade home office desks. It all depends on your style, how much work you want to put in it, your needs in terms of size and storage, and your budget. The key is to explore your options. Don't be afraid to think outside the box.