Easy study or home office desk

Here’s a great project of a study or home office desk that our friends at Home Dzine saw while perusing the web. They loved it so much that they presented it for a workshop they held for The DIY Divas – collective of ladies (and gents) who are great fans of DIY.

Below you’ll see a completed desk that the Divas made and we thought it might be nice to share the project with you. The desk would be perfect for child’s room or for your home office space.

The desk is built in 3 sections, which makes it easy to move around if you need to. You also have the options to pop on some castors to make the desk mobile. Made from laminated pine shelving and PAR pine, you will find everything you need for this project at your local hardware store.

Here’s a list what you’ll need to make it:

  • 4 of 44 x 44 x 482mm PAR pine – frame sides
  • 4 x 44 x 44 x 282mm PAR pine – frame front/back
  • 8 x 44 x 44 x 690mm PAR pine – legs
  • 1 x 610 x 1200mm laminated pine shelving – top
  • 4 x 330 x 570mm laminated pine shelving – shelves
  • Pattex No More Nails adhesive
  • 50 x 4 x 45mm smooth-shank screws

And let’s not forget the tools you’ll need for the process:

  • Drill/Driver + assorted bits
  • Pockethole jig
  • Jigsaw + clean-cut blades
  • Orbital sander + 120-, 240-grit sanding pads
  • Tape measure and pencil

Now, follow these steps to assemble the desk:


  1. 1.Cut your 44 x 44mm pine to length manually, or have everything cut to size at your local hardware store.

Opting for the latter will help reduce the time it takes to complete the project.

2. After cutting all the PAR pine to length, chamfer the bottom edge of all the legs with an orbital sander and 120-grit sanding pads.

This gives a nice, neat professional finish to the base of the legs. After this is done, sand all the cut sections with 240-grit sandpaper for a smooth finish.

3. Use a pocket hole jig to drill two mounting holes on the side, front and back sections of the frame.

If you don’t have a pocket hole jig you can substitute with dowels.

4. Using 4 x 45mm smooth-shank screws, attach the side, front and back frames to the top of the legs.

Also, use No More Nails adhesive for an extra strong bond.

Side frames are attached to the legs.

5. Use a jigsaw to cut out a 44 x 44mm section at the corner of each of the shelves.

This will allow for a snug fit between the legs and keep the shelf units aligned from top to bottom.

And sand all the shelves before fitting.

6. For mounting the shelves, measure up from the bottom of each leg at 50mm and 435mm and mark.

Use this as a guide for mounting the shelves as well.

Make sure each cut out has a pocket hole on the inside – to mount on the inside of each leg, so that this is not visible from the front.

7. Sand the top and then make a mark on the underside of the top for a 20mm overlap on the front and sides.

Use knock-down rigid plastic brackets to secure the top to the shelf sections. Mount these in the centre section between the two shelf units.

If you’ve followed the instructions correctly, you should have a sturdy table at the end of the process.

Finish everything off by painting the desk in colour that suites your décor colour theme.

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And remember to have a happy DIY experience.


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