DIY Sawhorse Desks Inspired by Restoration Hardware

DIY Sawhorse Desks Inspired by Restoration Hardware

Elizabeth Giorgi
Jul 16, 2012

If you're looking for a chic and simple desk solution, but you're downright sick of the ubiquitous Parsons desk, then these DIY sawhorse desks courtesy of Ana White and Tommy and Ellie are a great alternative.

Both designs take the simple straight lines of a sawhorse and re-envision them as the legs and storage cubbies for these desks. Restoration Hardware seems to be the original source for the smart design, but these DIY versions will save you a bundle.

Ana White's design cost less than $60 to build if you have all the right equipment and she provides a free shopping list and step by step instructions. Most importantly, you'll need a Kreg Jig, which is a tool that allows you to create slanted, pocket holes for joining your wood pieces. You will also need a standard 24" x 48" wood project panel, which should be available at most hardware stores. If you want to create a more interesting top for the desk, you could try glass or an old door from a vintage shop.

The bloggers at Tommy and Ellie used Ana White's design to create a two-person version of the desk, which is also very smart. By adding a third sawhorse in the center, you'll get the extra support needed for a 9' or larger desktop and the extra storage in the leg. I also love this DIY because it includes instructions on how to give the sawhorses a "faux adjustable" look. Hint: you'll need an old broom.

Want an even simpler DIY sawhorse desk that doesn't require a Kreg Jig? Sarah at Matters of Style DIY'd a version with parts from IKEA. By simply spray painting some $15 Ikea Vika Lilleby Trestles, Sarah got a very expensive look without spending too much.

(Images: Restoration Hardware, , Tommy and Ellie and Sarah Fisher)

Apartment Therapy supports our readers with carefully chosen product recommendations to improve life at home. You support us through our independently chosen links, many of which earn us a commission.
moving--truck moving--dates moving--dolly moving--house moving--cal Created with Sketch. moving--apt