Unplggd reader Lewis Pratt needed a desk, but a desk that wouldn't take all too much room physically, yet would allow him to work on a laptop with the addition of an external monitor. And like the DIY wood slat desk we posted recently, Lewis' desk was also designed to hide away his cable clutter by dropping wires through the spaces between the planks that make up his desk top (he also turned to using a wireless mouse and keyboard to eliminate wires further). All this was done for under $30...plus some handiwork.
The list of materials needed to make a desk like the one Lewis constructed include:
- 90mm (9 cm) wide CLS for the main frame (legs and 1 support)
- 60mm (6cm) CLS timber to use for the supports that will be visible
- 18mm thick Plywood to make the desktop, cut down into 4" strips
- Power drill with drill bits
- Screwdriver bit and some multipurpose screws (long enough to provide adequate strength)
- Wood glue (optional)
With just a 3' x 2' space to fit the computer desk into, Lewis focused upon giving the desk adequate legroom and maximized the desktop real estate by angling his monitor in the corner and placing his speakers behind his laptop (perhaps not ideal for sound, and where finding a wall mountable option for both screen and speakers may help). Lewis linked his project over at Instructables if you're itching to follow his DIY footsteps.
Other DIY Desks we've highlighted:
- Aubrey & Lindsay's Beautiful DIY Basement Studio Desk
- Jonathan's DIY Rain Gutter Cable Management Desk
- DIY Multimedia Desk, Built From "Scratch"
- Make Your Own Floating Computer Desk Using Countertops
- Create A Standing Desk From An Old IKEA Coffee Table