One of the nice things about developing woodworking skills is that I can take on projects to improve my standard of living or comfort at home. So it makes sense that while working from home for over a year, I would make myself a desk right? Wrong. I spent the first 11 months of that time working from my couch and coffee table. Why? Who knows, I’m weird sometimes. However, I finally decided to build that “work from home desk” a few months ago. It has been a game changer.
As is typical of any builds at our house, we like to spend some time thinking about the design. This allows us to make sure whatever we are building fits our style. It also makes the build process much easier. And since this desk is going to reside in our living room permanently, getting the right style was key. When I told Allyson that I finally wanted to build a desk, she already had multiple ideas that she liked. Again, she probably expected me to work on this project a year ago, but I missed the memo.
The design that we decided to go with is strongly influenced by a desk from Fix This Build That. Fix This Build That is a great youtube channel if you’re ever looking for DIY content, even if you just want to dream about building it at some point in the future.
Of course, I still had to model the desk in SketchUp to adjust the size to fit our space. I made the sides slightly larger, the desk a bit deeper, and opened up the chair space to fit my desk chair properly.
I always make sure to plan out my wood cuts to try and optimize wood usage before buying anything. This is even more important now that a sheet of plywood costs about the same as a 2 bed 2 bath condo in the city.
The main structure of the desk will be made from a sheet of 3/4” sande plywood. The top will be ½” Birch plywood, and the legs will be out of 2”x2” pine. Like everything else in this blog, my most recent build always feels like my best build, and I can’t wait to write about this “work from home desk” build!