Minimalistic Desk





Introduction: Minimalistic Desk

My little Ikea Corner Desk work wonders, but it was ok when I used to live in a little apartment, now I have more space and I decided to build my self a minimalistic desk - kind of-, out of a door panel and some pieces of wood (from a Lade Ikea Bed) that I used to build 2 work horses, at a very low cost.

Step 1: Materials

I save from the street a Lade Bed from Ikea, at least the wood pallet, great for all sort of stuff, and I also found a door panel in craigslist for free. this are the mayor components of this project.

7 Pallets (from the Lade Bed) for each work horse (2 work horses=14 pallets)
some other scrap pieces of wood.
1 Door panel, - hollow doors are the best-
4 Machine screws 1/4" - 3" long - bolts and washers
Drywall Screws - Assorted sizes

Step 2: Work Horses

Work horses are a very easy and cheap solution for a desk, and in this case they are the main pieces of construction. I could bought some but I barely spend a dime building this two. This is what i did:

First of all keep in mind the hight of your desk surface, usually desk tops range from 27" to 30" , I use 29" for the top of my. I subtract the thickness of the panel 1-1/2" which gives me 27- 1/2" for the top of the horses. The length of the top piece (horizontal) is 28", the same depth of the door panel. I set back the legs 2 - 1/2" from the edges, (see note 1 in the pic).

Keep in mind the angle of the legs, which will be roughly the same as the hight 27 - 1/2".
For this I attached a piece of 1 -1/2" x 3/4" under the main runner of the bench between the two legs to get the angle. (see note 2). At the bottom of the horse I got 8 - 3/4" between the legs (see note 3).

Next I drill a 3/8" hole on the horizontal piece, at roughly 1 - 3/8" from the top , and also in the two pieces for the legs to drive the 3" machine screws, keep in mind that the machine screws are 1/4" dia, but the legs are in an angle, that's why we need a 3/8" hole to bare some room for the screws (see note 4).

When I fixed the hight of the work horse tighten the screws and every thing was in order I put two drywall screws into the 1 - 1/2" (the angle piece) to secure them, see images.
At this point the horses are still a little bit wobbly.

At the bottom of the legs I put a 7 - 3/4" piece from 2 1/2" from the floor to secure the legs, and also as support for the 2 last pieces of pallets (shelves).
When everything is in place and secure, the work horses were very stiff. From here the rest is very straight forward.

Step 3: The Panel Door As a Desktop

The panel door as a desktop is a great work surface, the dimension of my is 6'-0" by 28", plenty of space, I add a trim of 2" x 1/4" around the sides just to make it look better (see Note 5).

I attached a scrap of wood under the panel just to keep the work horses in place and symmetrical, (see Note 6).

And the desk it pretty much done.

Step 4: Final Product

Finally, I redo my studio with my new desk, I reuse the keyboard tray from the corner desk and I put it in the new one. all the materials where recycle besides the 4 machine screws, I spend around two days working on the benches and no more the $5 in materials..

Step 5: Final Note: Wine Corks

Just a little note here, I use wine corks and double side tape as padding for all the furniture around my place, way more cheaper than the ones from the store. Salud! or cheers!

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Great desk! Love your creativity. I have built two desks and there are instructions and pictures on my web site. I will post them here too. Check it out -

Great minimalist project, I am typing on mine right now and it's awesome. Thanks for creating this! Built using 5x 1x4x8' (cut at 29" and 7.75") and scraps for ~10 bucks at Lowe's, and a door someone gave away on craigslist for free.

Thanks for the instructable. Just what I needed.


Picture of mine ! Nice instructables, thanks :)


omg mate....your old desk looks like a *nightmare*. i bet you're totally chuffed with the new one.

健康と長寿 -影のモザイク-
(kenkou to choujyu -kage no mozaiku-)
(good health and long life -shadow mosaic- the set back on the top of the sawhorse legs to keep the ends of the support rail from spiting out? i have a feeling they are.

this is the desk i am going to build for my scriptorium. i can appreciate its design since i am *also* a minimalist. im deffo giving this 5*.

健康と長寿 -影のモザイク-
(kenkou to choujyu -kage no mozaiku-)
(good health and long life -shadow mosaic-

Best $5.00 Desk Ever! I want to make one, but I might need more storage space than the work horses provide.

Very nice Instructable! Thanks for making this contribution!

is a amazing idea! hope make this in two weeks, thanks for sharing!