Brilliant Budget Idea: The Pallet Desk

Peculiar Mee

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Most slim desks don't usually get a ton of points for being super chic, but this pallet DIY may be the exception. Not only is it one of the smartest desk upcycles I've seen in a while, it gets bonus points for having storage built in.

It's a lot easier to recreate than you might think. You can get an old pallet from a hardware store. If you ask nicely, they'll usually just give them to you. For her version, Peculiar Mee used a really old and distressed pallet, but you could easily recreate that yourself with a newer one.

To create the top, she just removed a few boards from the middle of the pallet. Not only did this create her top, it now made room for her books in the middle sections.

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Then, it's a simple matter of finding a good spot and securing the pallet to the wall. If no expensive electronics are going on top of the desk, you could probably just lean it.

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If you could get your hands on two pallets, this would also be a brilliant way to create an affordable standing desk with tons of slim storage.

You can see more images of Peculiar Mee's DIY desk on her blog.

(Image credits: Peculiar Mee)

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Liz is a writer and filmmaker from Minneapolis. She was nominated for a Webby and won an Emmy for Science of Watchmen, a documentary short about the physics in the comic book movie. She’s a tech obsessive, verified nerd and total Anglophile.