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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