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PSA: You deserve better than settling for your kitchen countertops as your “office” space. With so many of us still working from home, a home office space has become a must. But if buying a brand new desk keeps getting put on your budget backburner, there are tons of DIY ideas that can finally make your oft-imagined office space a reality. And if you don’t consider yourself the craftiest person, don’t sweat it—there are a variety of options for you here, too.
Up ahead, ideas for painting, constructing, and revamping yourself a desk.
1. DIY Custom Plywood Desk/Bookcase
2. An Under $50 Desk Redo
3. Table and Bench DIY Desk
4. Eclectic Queen Anne Leg Desk
6. Simple and Bright Wall-Mounted Desk
Floating desks, like this dreamy minimalist version from Julie of Lavender Julep, save space without cramping your style. Keeping the desk simple and decorating around it allows you to make changes when you get bored of your current setup. All it takes is a piece of wood and brackets to create a platform that’ll bring you years of use.
7. Chalky Finish Paint and Wax DIY
Found the perfect desk, but can’t stand the color or finish? Well, that’s an easy fix. Stephanie from My Seattle Farmhouse upgraded this desk with chalky-finish paint and a wax finish to make it better suit her bedroom. If you’re not keen on building a desk from the ground up, simply give an old item a new life.
10. Storage Cabinet DIY Desk
This minimalist desk involves a sheet of glass or plexiglass resting on top of two slender wooden sawhorses. Add more functionality with a storage cabinet underneath.
14. Chic Minimalist DIY Desk
For a cohesive look, pair vintage sawhorses with a salvaged wood top, à la the desk above from Vintage Piken for KK Living.
Additional reporting by Carolin Lehmann