September 18, 2013

Make This | DIY Desk

A couple weeks ago Jordan and I were looking for something in our unorganized office. We decided to do something about that! So I drew up a quick sketch and asked Jordan if he could make it happen, and he did. It always amazes me how he makes my ideas come to life...because god knows with my math skills (lack of), if I tried to make the desk it would be lopsided for sure. Read on for the supplies list, and the kind of  how to.

We spent around $40 total on our new desk.

Things we used around the house:
• 1 file cabinet
• half of an old shelf (yes Jordan sawed it in half)

Purchased items:
• 4 pine boards
• early american dark stain
• a few 2x4 boards for support under the desk
• flat brackets for under the desk to hold the boards together

How to:
Unless you are good with tools I suggest you ask your handy boyfriend or husband to help out with that part. You need to figure out the length of the wall you want to put the desk on. Our wall is 9ft and we cut the boards a little shorter so it wasn't too tight against the wall. We put our file cabinet on the left side, and the half book shelf on the right. After we put the boards together using the 2x4's underneath and the flat brackets, we sanded it, and stained it. Then all we had to do was set it on top of the shelf and cabinet. Done!
Total time: around 5 hours.

I hope to share more photos of the office once I get things up on the wall. I am so happy with how it turned out and all the extra space in the office!


  1. I love this! Wow! What a great space, and it's amazing that it didn't take that long either! Going to need something like this when I have space for it!

    1. Thanks! I love the extra space for working on projects!

  2. I am trying to make something like this in my home. What kind of bookshelf did you use? I would like to have a filing cabinet in the middle and a shelving unit on both ends of my desk so I'm looking at maybe buying one and cutting it in half to use both pieces. I just dont want to buy the bookshelf, try to cut it in half, and destroy it. Any ideas on material of the bookshelf I should use?