DIY desk ideas for our study makeover

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A few weeks ago I shared our playroom/study space and our potential plans on how we were going to transform the boring and blah space to a functioning “bigger kid” study that would have all the comforts for adults to relax and enjoy as well as be kid friendly. In the midst of all this planning, I came across a few DIY  desk ideas that I think we might be able to make. Our overall vision for the room includes a modern industrial style desk with a rustic flare.

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do it yourself desk by restoration hardware

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The stairway wall is where the desk will be placed and it’s fairly narrow so the desk will need to be slim lined and petite. Just big enough for a lap top and a place for doing homework. Keeping things real, here is a quick shot of the room in real life. Complete disaster. You see, the stairway wall is small and it happens to be in front of a doorway (to the left). This door is hardly open but I do not want to block it completely.

diy desk area wall

I think this bright orange cart desk is so fun! It may be a bit large for our space but I love the utilitarian design.

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I love the idea of a saw horse desk. It would be fairly simple to make and not to formal looking. The idea of storage between the legs is very appealing.

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 Saw Horse Desk

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Xbase desk

What I like about this desk below is the varying pattern and wood design on the top.

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Rustic worktable

This light colored Xbase desk below is very reasonably priced. I am not sure the quality but if I can find one that is good quality and reasonably priced, it may be worth it to purchase a desk. There is really no fun in that though right?

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My dad always says, “why don’t you just buy it?” Well dad, that is no fun. Don’t get me wrong, I lov to shop and I love to buy new things but only when the price is right and if it’s something we can’t make on our own. I would love to find a piece of reclaimed lumber, similar to what we used on our media console, and create Xbase legs or perhaps use plumbers piping to add an industrial feel. Now that you have seen the stairway wall, what do you think? Do you think a desk will fit there ok?

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  1. Have you thought about a desk that attaches to the wall that you could put down when not in use.

      1. Going along with the idea of the wall foldout desk, since it needs to have some sort of legs for the non-wall side, what about having some kind of small bookshelf-type thing with maybe some kind of wheels/casters that could pull out from the wall and serve as the support for the non-wall side? (Not sure if that makes sense outside of my head)

        When you’re not using it as a desk, the shelf can go up against the wall, and if it isn’t too deep, shouldn’t take up a ton of space, either.

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  3. Jessica,

    I love the idea of using plumbers pipe base and reclaimed lumber for the top! The plumbers pipe could be painted to look like old copper or rusted with a metal spray paint. You can do this!

  4. Plus if you build it yourself you get exactly what you want. 😀 I like the idea of the plumbing one because you could also put wheels on it and move it out of the way when you need to. And visually it won’t take up much space and will look really cool! I’ve also seen plans on Pinterest for an x-base one that you can DIY pretty easily. Eventually I’m going to make one of those myself. 🙂 I’m sure whatever you come up with will be great!

    1. Thank you Rachel! I have a feeling we will make it. I do love the idea of plumbing pipe and wheels exactly for mobility. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. how about reusing an old door on top of either sawhorses as legs or your plumbing pipes with wheels? i’ve seen several people using old doors and l liked the look. wish i had pinned them so i could share with you now.

  6. I really like the sawhorse desk! I like the castor desk too, but I think it would look better in a area similar to the picture, but it would be nice and easy to move to open the door. And I agree about making versus buying. It’s just so much more fun to build it yourself. Plus, the sense of accomplishment when it’s done is pretty great too! Can’t wait to see which one you choose!!

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