This DIY desk provides workspace for two people. A portion of the desk is for my oldest son during homeschooling and the other portion is for my husband while he continues to work from home. Currently, my husband is working from our dinning table and is constantly asking us to quiet down. We needed a solution!
If you have been following me along on Instagram, you will notice this build is similar to the $100 DIY outdoor sofa. I was able to reuse some leftover wood, so my cost was only $15.
Cost : $35
This cost reflects the desk outlined below.
Difference in length, width and height will result in a change in price.
- Two 2 in. x 10 in. x 8 ft. Better Prime Doug Fir Lumber
- One 4 in. x 4 in. X 12 ft. Better Douglas Fir Lumber (this will be enough for six 24 in. X 4 in. x 4 in.)
- Six #12 x 5-5/8” Screws
- 4 hole flat joining bracket
- Flat Head #12 X 3/4 in. wood screw
- Wood stain tintable base, tint to 46+ colors
- 220 Discs
- Miter Saw (or have your local hardware store cut the wood for you)
- Orbital Sander
- Drill and drive kit
HEIGHT: I cut the 4 in. x 4 in. X 12 ft. Douglas Fir into six 24 inches pieces. The height of 24 inches was perfect for accommodating my son (4’3″), husband (6’3″) and myself (5’3″) with the use of an adjustable chair. If you have a particular chair that you would like to use, just adjust the height of the legs. Remember to account for the addition lumber you will need to purchased at the hardware store if the desk height will be higher than 24 inches.
LENGHT: The table top length depends on the size of your room and preference.
WIDTH: I combined two 2 in. x 10 in. x 8 ft. Doug Fir pieces resulting in a 20 inch width. Alternatively, two 2 in. x 12 in. X 8 ft. Doug Fir pieces could be used to create a width of 24 inches. I personally find the larger 12 inch pieces to be more aesthetically pleasing, but Home Depot was out of this larger size when I purchased my lumber. Nonetheless, the 20 inch width does the job! I can have a laptop, phone and a lamp on one side of the desk, and I still have enough room to write on my journal or read a book.
Cut all the wood. Cut the 4 in. x 4 in. X 12 ft. Douglas Fir into six 24 inch pieces. I did not need to cut the 2 in. x 10 in. x 8 ft. Doug Fir as this length was perfect for my room.
Sand all the wood with a 220 disc.
Stain all your wood. For more information on staining and protecting wood, click here.
Connect the two 2 in. x 10 in. x 8 ft. Doug Fir pieces with the use of four 4 hole joining brackets and 3/4 in. wood screws. I added a bracket at each end of the desk and two across the middle.
Secure each legs (24 in. x 4 in. x 4 in. Doug Fir) by drilling one #12 x 5-5/8” screw through the desk top. Use a drill bit that is smaller than the 5-5/8 screw prior to drilling the wood screw.
I decided not to use wood glue or to cover the screws over the desk top with a dowel because I wanted the option to easily disassemble it.
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