Need a desk ASAP, or looking for a way to squeeze another workspace into your home? Most of these desks are so simple to assemble, the inspiration image alone is all the how-to you'll need. First, pick a base—wood or metal sawhorses, storage cabinets, and trestle legs will all do the trick—then select a work surface, such as plywood or plexiglass. (Just be sure your base is sturdy enough to support the weight of whatever top you choose). Put the two together, and you have a desk you can assemble in under a minute.
Balance a wooden board across two IKEA storage cabinets, and boom—you have an instant desk with plenty of room to stash your office supplies. The one above was spotted in a home designed by Shift Interiors.
To make an extra-long desk, add a third sawhorse, as shown above from a tour of Le Petite Studio's office on The Everygirl.
If you try DIY-ing this concrete-topped desk from scratch, following the directions The Merrythought created for the Home Depot blog, it will take you a bit longer than a minute. But you can also purchase a slab of concrete or stone and pair it with sawhorses sturdy enough to bear the weight.
This minimalist version is assembled from a sheet of glass or plexiglass, resting on top of two slender wooden sawhorses. Add more functionality with a storage cabinet underneath.
For a cohesive look, pair vintage sawhorses with a salvaged wood top, as shown on the desk above from Vintage Piken for KK Living.
Photographer and food blogger Erin Scott built this charming desk by placing century-old pockmarked planks of wood across vintage sawhorses, spray painted white. See other details from her home on Design Sponge.