Many people these days are interested in learning how to build a DIY computer desk, whether for personal use or as a teaching tool. But it’s important that you understand the process and make sure that you get all the materials that you need before you begin. Without further ado, here goes: Get all the materials. You will need wood, plywood, glass for the desk base, shelves for computer components and other miscellaneous items such as bookmarks and other papers.
The first thing you will need for a computer desk is a laptop stand. This is to set up your keyboard tray on the desktop as you work, and prevent it from falling off during use. Some stands also have a shelf for your mouse and a drawer for your monitor, but these are not necessary if you intend to assemble the desktop yourself. Just make sure that your laptop is properly secured to the desk.
The next thing you will need for your DIY computer desk is a plywood or solid woodworking project and a good flat surface (such as a concrete slab). Next you will need to measure your desktop, or notebook’s width and height, as well as your counter top width and height. Use the grid on your woodworking project to draw the desk’s dimensions. Now it’s time to figure out what kind of hardware to buy for your project. There are many different kinds of desks so it’s important that you get one that’s appropriate for your workspace and which can support your computer components.
Your DIY corner desk probably won’t come with any shelves or drawers, but you can easily add them on later. For instance, if you are going to use some shelving for storage, then make sure that it’s at the right height for your computer and that you measure and cut the shelves to match your specifications. You might also be able to find some unfinished models in various woodworking stores, but if you’re building one from scratch, you might want to build the shelving before you install any drawers or cabinets. If you’re putting the shelving on the built-in shelves of your desktop, make sure that they fit and that none of them are shorter than the others.
If you don’t have any free wall space and you don’t mind standing on the floor, you might want to consider a DIY computer desk design with L-shaped desks. A L-shaped desk has a row of plywood slats that run from one edge of the tabletop to the other. You can install either flat surfaces or flexible surface shelves on the l-shaped desk. This kind of design gives you a lot more workspace and can be a good choice for anyone who works at a desk while being mobile.
If you can’t fit your L-shaped desk under your existing countertop, a simple solution is to use a concrete countertop. You can buy a cheap table saw that has a diamond blade to cut the concrete countertop, or you can build your own DIY computer desk out of plywood, particle board and MDF. You’ll need some strong plywood or wood glue and MDF sheets to construct your desk from, as well as a saw with a flat, clean cut.
If you have a larger space that won’t fit on a countertop, you might consider constructing a larger my computer desk with a similar design to a L-shaped desk. Unlike a L-shaped desk, this type of desk doesn’t have the middle section of the desk cut out. Instead, the countertop extends toward the outer edges of the room so that you can place a laptop on its top. To make this work, you’ll need about a foot of concrete and a piece of wood that will go all the way across the top of the desk. These types of desks are generally made from solid hardwood, such as oak or maple, and they feature pipe legs that allow them to be built up with legs attached to the pipe and rolled in with the legs in place. The desk’s top will have open shelf space for the computer, and the remainder of the desk will be covered with wood, similar to the plywood or particle boards used to build the rest of the desk.
A third option for your diy computer desk is to use wood boards that have a small “wedge” cutout in one end. These boards can be assembled like the floating desk, but since they don’t have the open shelf space of the plywood or wood boards, they will need to support some type of support for the keyboard, mouse, and other hardware. Most hardware stores carry hardware for these types of desks, and they usually come with a few screws and bolts so that you can fasten the hardware to the desk frame. Some will even offer a choice of platform for your desk, whether it is a wood box or a platform such as a CD player or TV.