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Since remote learning is at an all-time high right now, I figured you might be looking to get organized. Here is a list of desks that are stylish and easy to build, and all made by my DIY pals!
While I’m not a parent (quite yet — November is so soon! Aggg!), I know a lot of you guys are. And that also might mean adjusting to pandemic school challenges like online “distance” learning. Recently, I noticed that a lot of my DIY blog friends have been posting their take on home DIY desks as a result (it makes sense — the timing could not be better for a DIYer to create one — I just don’t have the opportunity to make one myself until after a few other things around the house are done). So, rather than send you on a wild
Googling goose chase, hoping you find them all, I’m creating a nice little list of some quick and easy DIY desks so that you can whip one up if you need it!
12 Quick and Easy DIY Desks Perfect for Distance Learning and Working
1. Kids Storage Table and Chair
via Anika’s DIY Life
2. Sleek Plywood Desk
via Erin Spain
3. Pegboard Desk
Brook put SUCH a creative spin on this desk idea! It includes a DIY pegboard, has a great modern design, and can be tucked right in a corner somewhere in the house. So clever.
4. Small Modern Desk with Drawers
A simple desk with extra drawer space for schoolwork. Smart and easy.
via Jaime Costiglio
5. Long Home Office Desk (Ikea Hack!)
Not in the mood to build your own dressers? No problem! This desk has a gorgeous DIY top but uses Ikea drawer units, meaning you can create something custom for multiple kiddos to work in the same small space in no time. Total cost: $350.
6. Build This Desk in ONE Day!
My pal Rick made this DIY desk from 2x4s and a single sheet of plywood while livestreaming the entire process. Unreal! He slapped it together so fast, it’s already been featured on Good Morning America. You can grab the downloadable plans from his site. I especially like how he added a flash of color on each side.
7. Instagram DIY Desk
This desk is so recent, it’s not even painted yet! But you can still catch the super easy build from Imelda on Instagram. She saved the entire process in her highlights under “Easy Desk” and made it for her niece.
8. A-Frame Desk
My friend Anika didn’t just build one desk to make it to this list… she built two! This one is my personal favorite of her designs because she includes so many great tips in the build — including how to get a super-smooth, paintable finish from sanded plywood. Even if you wind up building a different desk from this list, you’ll want to snag these tips from her tutorial!
via Anika’s DIY Life
9. L-Shaped Plywood Production Desk
I like a lot of features about this desk. It’s made using a limited number of tools (making it extremely accessible for beginners) and turns exposed plywood into a design feature with a continuous grain (where you can follow the wood grain around the corners and edges).
via Modern Builds
10. $46 DIY Desk
Gotta love a sleek desk under $50 in lumber! Glen is a MASTER at creative building, and you can catch this easy desk tutorial over on YouTube. In fact, he’s included several DIY desk designs in his archives if you’re looking for a challenge (or want to include LEDs, secret compartments, and more).
via DIY Creators
11. Easy DIY Craft Desk
I haven’t built a desk in a long time — but one of my first DIY furniture projects was a set of two suuuper simple white desks using Ikea desk tops and legs made from my Kreg Jig. I’ll work to get the plans up ASAP (I only just now thought “wait a minute, I have made a desk!” as I was typing up this post! I assembled them in an L-shape and K has been using them in the guest bedroom until we have the time to make him something more custom to his needs (the desk for my new office will come first though).
12. One-Board Folding Lap Desk
Ever since participating in this one-board challenge a couple of years ago, Jen’s lap desk has been a favorite project of mine. She uses a single 1×8 board to make this entire folding desk — complete with a drawer and a slot to store a phone. It’s SO genius! (And how beautiful is that walnut??? In some parts of the country, you can actually get walnut boards in the big box stores. Here, you have to go to a lumber yard… so I’m a little jealous of that!.)
via Jen Woodhouse
So, there you have it. Do you have a favorite? As I see more desks designs being posted, I’ll be sure to include them here. Considering the demand, I imagine new ones are being thought of as we speak!
Don’t forget to pin!