I'm looking for a new desk and so far no luck... boring and ugly. It's been already 2 weeks. I'd love to hear some tips.
Plywood on adjustable sawhorses.
Seriously, this is the best desk I've ever owned. Some things I like about it:
- Totally adjustable. I find myself switching from sitting to standing and back every few months depending on my work habits at the time.
- Easily reconfigurable surface. Since 3/4" plywood is cheap (~$45 for a 4'x8' sheet) I have modified the working area several times to fit what I need to do. Also, since the surface is just sitting on the sawhorses, it means you can flip it over and utilize each side differently--ie, whiteboard or chalkboard paint on one side and black on the other if you wanted.
- Easy to move. Much easier than other desks to move since the whole thing easily collapses down flat.
- Cheap. The whole thing was <$100.
- Simple. It's the most minimal desk I've ever personally owned and looks surprisingly good.
I'm fairly certain this is the sawhorse I use.
Similar to desks I've built using a door and sawhorses. Beautiful surface, and you can customize it :-)
Agreed this is the way to go!
I'm using the same structure provided from Ikea: http://www.ikea.com/it/it/catalog/products/S59933179/
I had narrow desks. I've since upgraded to a nice custom desk. However if you need a wide desk and are on a budget I recommend buying a $10 door at Home Depot, and two small filing cabinets or cinderblock on either side. Nice huge surface, and you can customize the top anyway you like.
All in all it was about $550, but considering most adjustable desks were much smaller in length and also much uglier (for a few hundred dollars more), it's really not a bad price. The base in practically indestructible, and could easily last a lifetime. Plus, you could change your top ever few years if you get bored!
this is an awesome idea, did you have any issues getting that top to fit on the base?
Nope! Not at all. It only took about 5 minutes to put the top on after the base was put together. I just made sure to measure out everything and then it was just a matter of screwing the base to it (it has about a dozen places to do so). It actually only took about 30 minutes to put together, by myself.
I was actually looking at this top originally, but it was sold out and I didn't want to wait two more weeks for it to be in stock again. But just about any top would work (as long as it is thick enough to put a screw in).
I just measured my tabletop, and it's 63x31.5, so it's a bit larger than most. The desk also adjusts to 47", which was crucial for me, since I'm 6'3".
Here is another option (non-adjustable), that I was looking into putting together. It is a bit cheaper, but is non-adjustable.
+1 for MultiTable
I've got one of these at the office with a reclaimed wood tabletop and love it.
At home, I have a Parsons desk: http://www.westelm.com/products/parsons-desk-with-drawers-f099/
It's only okay. I wish it were deeper and it had more under clearance. The drawers are also pretty shallow, so they don't fit a lot.
At work, I used to have this desk with a frosted glass top, which was gorgeous: http://www.roomandboard.com/catalog/office/desks/pratt-desks
It's not cheap but the EDU is a thing of beauty and a joy forever.
Commercial Stainless Steel Kitchen Table —
Herman Miller Envelope desk. Brilliant and it slides in/out (but not up/down).
The perfect desk consists of two items from IKEA:
2x MELLTORP + 2x HELMER
Total price = $189.98
Good luck beating that...
You can get a 6' slab of countertop from IKEA, which is $60. Add on four table legs from IKEA, bringing the total price to ~$100. You lose storage space, but save a few bucks.
Not yet, but soon. Backed this on kickstarter not long ago. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2036834894/the-most-affordable-automatic-sit-to-stand-desk
Can't wait for it to arrive.
I bought the GeekDesk frame and cut my own 7x4 wood to stain/polish for $1100 total and it has been the BEST decision of my life to date. I love my sit-stand desk and it loves me.
Another Galant desk owner here.
Ikea Linnmon 78" long tabletop http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/S49001965/
with Ikea GERTON 42" (adjustable) legs http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/60261626/
Great standing desk for <$200. Can't raise/lower it on command like some of the fancy ones, but I could adjust the legs manually if I ever move or want to repurpose the table.
I made a standing desk out of found wood and pipes from home depot, it cost around $250 for the whole project.
It's been pretty awesome but I think for my next one I will do something more simple.
My current desk was donated to me, but I used to have the Ikea Galant desk. It's a pretty standard desk in the home office world.
This is the IKEA desk I'm in the middle of recreating. They no longer make it, but I'm building a better version. This thing had awesome lift up drawers under the monitor in the picture: