How to Build Your Own Desk

Reader Contribution by Lindsey Siegele

Finding the perfect desk can be a serious hassle. When I work, for instance, I like to have tons of space for my notebooks, binders, printer, water, snacks, phone, books, MP3 player and, occasionally, cats. The large-and-in-charge desks at furniture stores are way out of my price range, so my cats and I are often squeezed into bargain-sized work areas, which are not at all ideal for a multi-tasker like me. Inevitably, as I’m typing away, one of my books will topple from the desk, my cats will wake up and begin pacing back and forth on top of my computer’s keyboard and my phone will begin to ring, but I won’t be able to find it because it will be hidden under the fortress of books and papers in the corner of my work space.

This is how stressful workdays begin and end, and how assignments are submitted with words like “pfffffffffffwwwtsd” and “rewsciosss3233333” in the text.

If your work process is similar to mine and you need access to all of your gadgets and goodies while you work, you need to Build Mother’s Easy, Low-cost Big Desk. Packing in more than 15 square feet of desk space, you’ll have room for your books, notes, gadgets and even a furry friend or two.

This tutorial will show you how to use a hollow-core interior door and some other simple materials to build your own desk with loads of space. A carpentry novice can handle this project, and the payoff — in quality furniture and overall happiness — will be enormous.

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