My wife and I recently moved in to a new apartment, which is quite smaller than one before. Most of our stuff didn't fit, including our desk. However, we quickly noticed that there was dead space (wasted space behind the master bed room door. There were no power outlets in that area, and there is very little space. In fact, from the door to the wall there was only about 12 inches. We decided to look around to find a thin desk, but noticed nothing was going to work, so this is what we came up with.
(Sorry if the pictures aren't that great we were building this at 11pm. and taking pictures with my iPhone)
Step 1: Materials
Ikea has a small clearance section usually at the end of store, but you must look for it because you can miss it (at least at the ikea close to me.) However, I found a big piece of already finished desktop table. In other words just the top of a desktop. I made sure it was big enough, so that I can make the desk and a shelf right above it.
Saw (manual or electric) ( I used a table-saw)
I had this but you can rent it for about $15 a day
Ikea (or any place you can find) clearance desktop table $40
Butterfly screws (pictured) $5
6' x 4" x 1/2" piece of wood (I had this but shouldn't cost you more than $10)
You can also use a thicker piece, I decided on this because not only did I already have it but it is less visible.
3" wood screws. $3
level ( I used one that was 2' long, because when it comes to making sure a desk is leveled a pen size level won't work as well)
Drill and bits