Build a large surface home office desk from inexpensive 3/4″ MDF wood. Using items you might already have, no legs are needed. The project is easier than you think and we’ll show you the steps of how we made ours. The cost was approximately $65 and the desk runs the full length of the room plus the corner.
This was part of a complete office makeover and you’ll get +some other tips and ideas at the bottom of this post.
Home Office Desk Supplies
- 3/4″ MDF Wood 4’x8′ sheets. Two was used for this project.
- Two 2×4 for bracing
- Two 1/2″ Quarter Round molding
- Water-Base Poleurethane 1 quart did two coats on the desk and 2 coats on our kitchen cupboards.
- Cable Wire Grommets (to run wires down through the desk)
- Saw, drill, hammer etc.
This is the room before we started any type of makeover. The desk will be going on the left wall.
Roy measured the length, depth and height we wanted including measuring the corner piece and the angle. He then sketched it up. The height took into consideration two small wood file cabinets we were going to use as support.
The desk was made in two pieces.
2×4 boards were measured, cut and attached as bracing.
The corner also needed bracing as the shelf was too short. (That top line is not wood but where we removed the shelf.)
One piece of the wood was put up temporarily to see how it fit.
We had two wood filing cabinets for years and they were the perfect height to support the desktop. It also gave handy drawers. Roy sanded them first.
He then applied three coats of paint, allowing it to dry overnight in between.
The shelf was then painted.
Because it would be high use we put two coats of water base polyurethane. It needs to be water based.
Quarter Round molding was added.
Holes were drilled for cords to go down through.
A set of desk grommets were placed in the holes for a nice finish.
This shows another stand we had that was the exact height needed. We used this for the other brace.
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This is so creative and beautiful. I love how the result turned out. Saving this post!
Hi There, I love this desk and would love to make something similar for my wife’s craft room. appreciate this was originally posted back in 2016, I wonder how it is holding up to use? mainly the paint? Also, did you prime the MDF first? or simply paint with the polyurethane straight off?
Many thanks in advance,
What a beautiful desk. I wish I have this one on my room. Anyway, thank you for sharing.
You’re so welcome Ashley. Thanks for visiting!
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I wish I had a space for something like this. Maybe one day! Great looking space! Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites. I’m featuring you this week.
Thanks for stopping by Jerri!
Wonderful desk! I would love to have all that room to spread my work out. It looks so nice in the room too. Great idea!
Thanks so much Teresa. Ü
That’s quite the project! Love the tutorial and I know the finished project will be enjoyed. Thanks for sharing your creative project at DI&DI.
You’re welcome Linda. Thanks for stopping by and for the kind words. Ü
That’s quite a lot nicer than the standard “use an old door and two filing cabinets” method. Although, my parents did that when I was in high school and the hole for the door knob was like a build in spot for the computer cords to go. 🙂 #Titus2Tuesday
lol! I’d forgot about doing that kind of thing. The door hole is indeed perfect! Thanks for stopping by Julie!
I am ready to sit down and start crafting!! Haha!! LOVE this!! Thanks so much for sharing them at the DIY Crush craft party on Thursday! I just pinned your entries!! Hope to see more of your posts next week!
Sure appreciate it Denise! And yes… I’ll be back. Ü