15 Free DIY Desk Plans Anyone Can Build

Use one of these 15 DIY desk plans to build a custom desk for your home office. We’ve provided large desk plans up to 9.5 feet long, space-saving options, and everything in between.

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Many of these desks are beginner-friendly, requiring minimal materials and tools.

1. Free Farmhouse Desk Plans

Free Farmhouse Desk Plans

Carry the farmhouse look into your home office with this desk featuring a classic “X” base and a stained wood top. The dimensions are 65” long, 32” high, and 28” deep.

Ashley from Handmade Haven provides a free material list, tool list, and assembly instructions on her blog. You can upgrade to a printable PDF plan for a small fee.

2. Small Writing Desk Tutorial

Small Writing Desk Tutorial

A writing desk provides a place to sit with a laptop or pad of paper. These desks lack the storage computer desks provide but are easy to build, with a more modern silhouette.

Kristi from Addicted 2 Decorating built this small desk for her home office and shares the tutorial on her blog. It took her a single afternoon to cut and assemble this piece.

3. Build a Computer Desk with Drawers

Build a Computer Desk with Drawers

Make a high-quality wood computer desk with drawers using this free plan.

Shara from Woodshop Diaries outlines the basic material and assembly steps and shares a helpful YouTube video. She also offers an upgraded PDF with a detailed material and cut list.

4. Corner Floating Desk Plans

Corner Floating Desk Plans

A corner floating desk works in rooms of all sizes, and you can customize the dimensions to your needs. Floating desks are easy to build and a great project for inexperienced DIYers.

The DIY Nuts provides these free desk plans, and the dimensions are 83″ long on one side, 55″ long on the other side, and 18″ deep. They list the necessary supplies, tools, and all assembly steps.

5. Modern Farmhouse Desk Plans

Modern Farmhouse Desk Plans

Those who appreciate clean lines with a rustic touch will like this modern farmhouse desk plan from Anikas DIY Life. It features a white-painted base and a wood top with three drawers.

The desk plan includes all required materials, a video with tips, and step-by-step instructions. You can customize the wood with paint and stain and switch out the drawer handles to match your style.

6. DIY Modern Wood Desk

DIY Modern Wood Desk

A simple modern desk works well in minimal spaces. Use this free desk tutorial from House on Long Wood Lane to construct this table desk and then paint, stain, or finish it to your liking.

The directions come with a free PDF with a shopping list and diagrams with assembly instructions.

7. Space-Saving Fold-Down Desk Tutorial

Space-Saving Fold-Down Desk Tutorial

Fold-down desks act as artwork when flipped up, and a tabletop when folded out. These desks are ideal in small spaces and work great in rooms that double as home offices.

The DIY Huntress provides a detailed plan for this fold-down desk, which includes storage shelves. The top features a geometric pattern, but you can modify it to fit the design of your room.

8. Small $40 Desk Plan

Small $40 Desk Plan

If you’re working with a small budget and need an easy build, try this desk that only requires $40 worth of supplies. The desk can work on its own, or you can build multiple and arrange them in an “X” or “L” shape.

The Wood Shop Diaries shares the free plan, which includes the material list and assembly instructions. There’s also a book stand tutorial you can build with your leftover plywood.

9. DIY Chippendale Desk

DIY Chippendale Desk

Chippendale designs originated in the 18th century and feature intricate details like latticework and carved designs. Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof designed this Chippendale-style desk plan using two premade panel inserts, eliminating the need for complicated cuts.

The tutorial includes a material list with links to the inserts and step-by-step assembly instructions.

10. Build a School Desk with Hidden Storage

Build a School Desk with Hidden Storage

School-style desks can fit children and adults, feature storage, and are light enough to move around. You can find this free desk plan on Kreg Tools that’ll walk you through building this project in a few short hours.

The plans are available online and as a PDF download. The tutorial includes the tool, hardware, and material list.

11. Easy to Build Table Desk Plans

Easy to Build Table Desk Plans

Build this table desk with only three tools: a Kreg jig, drill, and miter saw. It’s a beginner-friendly project that you can customize with paint and stain.

Saws on Skates provides this DIY desk plan with easy-to-follow steps. You can get the material list and a free PDF download by subscribing to their email list.

12. Free Woodworking Desk Plans

Free Woodworking Desk Plans

Writing desks provide a place to sit a laptop or pad of paper but lack the storage of a computer desk. These desks are ideal for a simple home office and for novice woodworkers.

You can find this DIY desk tutorial on Addicted2Decorating. Kristi shares the building steps and specific material types.

13. Plywood Desk Blueprint

Plywood Desk Blueprint

Construct a desk out of plywood with this tutorial from Neatly Living. Even though it’s a simple style, the desk is aesthetically pleasing and features an internal storage cubby.

There are minimal steps to complete this build, making it a quick project. Its clean-lined design makes it suitable for all types of spaces.

14. DIY Floating Desk

DIY Floating Desk

Add a floating desk anywhere you’re short on space and want a custom, built-in look. Follow this tutorial, and you’ll have your desk constructed in a day.

Love and Renovations shares a complete plan that utilizes plywood and pine boards. After you build your desk, you can paint or stain it to blend in – or stand out – from the adjoining wall.

15. Desktop Over Filing Cabinets

Desktop Over Filing Cabinets

Create a large desk by utilizing filing cabinets and placing a desktop over them. Mama and More provides a tutorial for building, finishing, and securing a 9.5-foot-long desk over cabinets.

Building a desktop is easier than building an entire desk with legs. Plus, a design like this allows plenty of customization since you can choose the cabinet bases and the stain color for the wood.