Creative Desk Tops Reinvented With Plywood, Cardboard, and Table Leaves

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Putting a piece of wood on top of a pair of file cabinets or sawhorses is a tried-and-true method for getting a home office set up quickly and cheaply. But these three innovators have figured out how to upgrade, up-cycle and, completely makeover the simple three-piece desk concept with duck cloth, contact paper, wire shelves, table leaves and, yep, cardboard.

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Chaney from May Richer Fuller Be upcycled her grandparents' old wooden sawhorses into a desk with a plywood top cut to size. Then, she upholstered the desktop with inexpensive cotton duck fabric and set a piece of acrylic on top to provide a smooth surface.

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Kate from Magic City Thistle created her slim workspace from just flat-pack storage cubes and a piece of cardboard. The cardboard is reinforced with inexpensive wire shelves and covered with a layer of wood-grain contact paper.

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And finally, Sarah from AnĀ InvitingĀ Home got creative with what was lying around the house to create a solid and spacious desk for her office with just a pair of basic file cabinets and the spare leaves from her expanding kitchen table.

(Images: May Richer Fuller Be, Magic City Thistle, An Inviting Home)

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Taryn is a writer, maker, and designer in Atlanta, Georgia. Living in an apartment with her husband and their Boston Terrier, Bacon, she loves to entertain and hates having a tiny kitchen.