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Build a Custom Office Desk to Suit Your Individual Style

When you work from home, having a comfortable and pretty workspace is important.  But you may not want to spend a lot of money or you may not have a lot of space to work with. This was my dilemma. So, I decided to build a custom office desk that fits my individual style. It gave me the room I needed so I wasn’t crowded into a small area. I literally made this in one day and it only cost me $120.00.

 

Office in an Armoire by Cheryl Phan

Before I show you the new desk I made, I wanted to show you the desk I was using.

This is what I call an office in a box. I make this several years ago out of an armoire I bought in a thrift store. This is a great idea if you are limited on space and you want to close it up at the end of the day to hind the mess. But as you can see, I was growing out of it. If you’re interested in making one here’s a blog on how I made it.

Build a custom office desk to suit your individual style

This is the space I had to work with. I didn’t want a big desk that took up the entire room or exceeds the space from the wall to the sliding glass door. The space I was working with was 81” long and only 19” deep. So, I had to get creative.

I needed a desk that would hold my computer and monitor and gave me enough room to write. I also wanted a file cabinet to store my paperwork and office supplies. OH, and I budgeted myself $150.00.

Build a custom office desk to suit your individual style

So, the first thing I did was look for a file cabinet that was 29” high. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find one for under $50.00. So, I bought one at Goodwill for $10.00. That was 25” high and added 4” bun feet to get the Height that I needed. You’ll see as you keep reading.

This meant I had to drill holes in the corners of the file cabinet so I could screw them in. You will need an electric drill and metal drill bits.

Build a custom office desk to suit your individual style

After I drilled the holes, I sanded the file cabinet to give it some tooth so the paint would adhere. You will need an electric sander and medium-grit sandpaper.

Build a custom office desk to suit your individual style

Once it was sanded, I spray painted the cabinet with semi-gloss enamel spray paint and let it dry.

Build a custom office desk to suit your individual style

Next, I spray painted the bun feet with the same enamel spray paint.

Build a custom office desk to suit your individual style

Once everything was dried, I simply screwed the bun feet in the holes.

I decided to put the bun feet on top of the cabinet, but you can also put them on the bottom.

Build a custom office desk to suit your individual style

Lastly, I paint the two drawers with a stencil design.

I used latex paint and a sponge roller to apply the paint.

Build a custom office desk to suit your individual style

For the desktop, I used heavy plywood. It needed a little sanding to smooth out the rough edges. I used medium grit sandpaper.

Build a custom office desk to suit your individual style

Next, I painted the plywood with a primer

Build a custom office desk to suit your individual style

Once the primer was dry, I painted it with two coats of Benjamin Moore Advanced paint. I love this paint. It dries nice and even and it’s very durable.

Build a custom office desk to suit your individual style

You will need two 29” wood legs.  I spray painted them with the same semi-gloss enamel spray paint.

Build a custom office desk to suit your individual style

To attach the legs, you will need two Heavy Duty Top Plates.

Build a custom office desk to suit your individual style

Just line them up to the corners and screw them in.

Build a custom office desk to suit your individual style

For the final touch, I added the rope molding to the front of the desk because I didn’t like to raw edge.

Build a custom office desk to suit your individual style

This is the perfect desk for my home office.

Simple, clean and super easy to make. I literally made this in one day.

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