I needed a smallish desk for a space in my bedroom to last the 8 months or so until I move. I could have done this better, and made it more long lasting, if I'd used 1 1/8" plywood instead of 1/2" MDF, but it's good enough.

Step 1: I needed a desk...

It was raining out, and my garage is so messy that I dare not photograph it, so I didn't build this out of a single sheet of plywood and a 2x4, but I could have. Instead I used a 2x3 that I had in the garage and 4 precut sheets or 2'x4' MDF at 1/2" thick. I needed a desk for the bedroom, because I was tired of not having one. I also wanted it to be something that I wouldn't mind throwing away in 8 months when I move 2500 miles or so, since it's crazy expensive to transport heavy/large things that far.
yep that was great <br>
Don't know if you tested it, but how much weight can it hold? I've been thinking about making a desk seeing as I can't find one I like and this sorta fits my design, just want to make sure it will hold everything before starting this sort of construction project.
Check out melamine-faced shower board for the whiteboard. It's not as durable as a real ceramic on steel white board, but it costs less than $15 for a 4x8 sheet at Lowes or Home Depot. If that's way more than you need, Home Depot has a 2x2 piece for $5, or get a 2x2 sheet of plexiglass, lexan, or glass. Google "homemade whiteboard" for more info. For a bulletin board, do another section with cork liner ($10 for 2x4) or cardboard wrapped with burlap and batting. PS - Nice instructable! I like the carrel style - great way to keep my kids from fighting instead of studying.
Good idea with the shower board -- i've used that in the past, but I'm still not sure if I want a whiteboard or cork or what on this. I've added a shelf, 8" off the desk top, just touching the bottom of the suspended screen, and that's both stabilized the slight side to side motion and given me a place to put my stuff :)
looks more like my couch in my room than a computer desk, hah. nice, very nice i have to say, i think when i get the time and money i will buy the wood and build one. -gamer
It's hard to tell scale in the picture, but I can see where you're coming from on the couch comment :) you have to remember that the "legs" are four feet tall, and the "seat" is more than 2 1/2 feet off the ground :) Now that I've had this desk almost 18 hours, I'm starting to think that I need to build a couple of shelves or something... maybe one across the top over the monitor for speakers and an under counter lamp, and then I'll see from there.
This looks really nice, but I think, it is one of those desks where you would like tape up photos or achievements, because alone, it is just a reguler desk! Nice Job! ~Shifrin
yeah, i think there will be a lot taped up... i took the pictures as i was building it and still need to buy a chair, so it's in a state of waiting to be useful. :)
Yeah, if you decorate it like that it would be awesome! Btw, Favorited! ~Shifrin
very nice for a disposable desk.
Wow... that looks great! I might do this if I can, great job! +1 rating. (added to favorites)

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