Are you looking for some home office desk ideas to boost your productivity and make working from home easier? Well, you’ve come to the right place.
Working from home is not everyone’s cup of tea. Some struggle to maintain the work-life balance, while others have trouble keeping their productivity levels up. One of the best ways to ensure a healthy work-from-home environment is to carve out your own special zone in your house and convert into a functioning home office.
Whether you are a budding entrepreneur or a successful freelancer, everyone needs a dedicated workspace to get their work done in an efficient and timely manner. Since not everyone has an extra room in their house that they can utilize for this purpose, all you need is a desk and quiet corner where you can place it. Depending on how often you have to work from home, you can either buy a desk from a furniture store or go the DIY route to save some big bucks.
So, if you want to say goodbye to working while sitting on your bed or hunched over on the couch with your laptop propped on your legs, we have put together stylish home office desk ideas that will help you work comfortably. These creative desk ideas are also budget-friendly, which means you won’t have to break the bank for tools and materials, along with being extremely easy to put together.
Let’s take a look.
DIY Home Office Desk Ideas
Here are some affordable and trendy desk ideas for home offices that don’t require a lot of carpentry skills.
- Sawhorse Desk
- Makeshift Standing Desk
- Windowsill Desk
- File Cabinet Desk
- Wooden Pallet Desk
Wondering how to make these budget-friendly DIY desks? Let’s find out.
A sawhorse is essentially a rack that supports a wooden board or plank for sawing. It consists of four legs and a beam, which makes it the perfect base for a DIY home office desk. It is usually made out of wood, though you can also find folding metal sawhorses in the market.
Now, depending on your budget, you can either buy a second-hand sawhorse from a nearby hardware store or buy a new one from the market. Either way, you will need to adjust its height according to your preference using a simple saw and then attach a wooden board to its surface to complete your desk.
You can buy a plywood sheet easily from any hardware store and even ask them to cut it as per your requirements. All you then need to do is nail it down on the sawhorse using some nails and a hammer before sanding its top and edges of the desk with sandpaper to avoid any splinters.
Of course, you can also paint your new sawhorse work-from-home desk after applying a layer of sealant on its surface and legs.
Makeshift Standing Desk
A lot of modern workspaces encourage their employees to use standing desks for a variety of reasons.
Those who are used to working at a standing desk usually find it hard to transition to a regular desk. Since they are used to working while standing, they probably won’t be able to work while sitting on a house chair or a couch.
The best thing about a standing desk is that you can use any piece of furniture at a certain height to serve the purpose. Depending on what you find comfortable, you can use your kitchen counter, bookshelf, a chest of drawers, an old dresser, or even the iron board as a standing desk.
In case you already have a study or computer desk at your home, you can simply place a light-weight folding table on top of it. It will help the height of your desk and allow you to relax your shoulders and place your arms at the right angle.
Moreover, make sure to add a kitchen stool to your make-shift DIY home office desk so that you can rest your feet after standing for prolonged periods of time.
If you’re looking for DIY desk ideas for small spaces, this is it.
If you have a window in your room with some empty space in front of it, you can easily turn it into your home office by attaching a wooden board to the bottom ledge of the window frame.
Of course, there are a lot of ways you can go about this. However, if you are a fan of minimalist home décor, you can simply extend the windowsill by adding a plywood sheet to it. Since your DIY work desk will only hold a laptop and a coffee mug among other knick-knacks, you don’t even have to worry about desk legs and only use a few metal brackets to the wall below the desk to support its weight.
This is one of the most creative small home office desk ideas as it will value your space while allowing you to take full advantage of natural light and fresh air while working from home.
File Cabinet Desk
Do you have two sturdy file cabinets or heavy-duty shelves in your home? If so, you can use them to create a DIY work desk that’s comfortable, modern and most importantly, budget-friendly.
For this home office desk idea, you need to get two identical file cabinets or shelves and use them as the legs of your desk. You can place a wooden board on top of these cabinets and attach them using an adhesive or even nails.
The only hurdle you can run into while creating this DIY home office desk is its height. There is a fair chance that the cabinets or shelves you are planning to use are either shorter or taller than you need them to be. In that case, you might want to improvise by using another set of shelves.
However, as far as DIY home office desk ideas go, this one is pretty simple and hassle-free. Moreover, the cabinets underneath your desk can be used as storage space for your books, laptop bag, chargers and other items while you’re working from home.
Wooden Pallet Desk
A DIY pallet desk can enhance your home office without costing much. It’s easy to assemble, quite affordable, and can be used for a variety of purposes.
There are several ways to make a pallet desk for your home office. You can either use wooden pallets as the legs of your desk or use it as the flat surface on top. Moreover, you can even add drawers to it, though for that you might need a few basic carpentry skills.
To build a simplistic pallet desk, you need to buy four identical pallets and sand them down. Make sure their heights and width are the same. You can nail them together and add steel brackets for further support. These pallets will serve as the lower half of your budget-friendly DIY desk. For the top part of the desk, you can simply use a wooden sheet (such as plywood) and attach it to the legs using more brackets.
This cheap DIY desk can be easily taken apart once you’re done with it. Also, you can sand down the legs and surface of the desk to paint it as per your home’s colour palette.
Furthermore, these creative desk ideas may also come in handy for students taking online classes from home.
So, which of these home office desk ideas did you find most useful? You can share your feedback and suggestions with us by sending an email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meanwhile, you can take a look at the pros and cons of working from home as well as some useful apps for remote workers to learn more about working remotely. In case you have an extra room in your house, our guide on how to design an aesthetically pleasing and functional home office may also help you out.
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