Desks can be so very expensive and finding easy DIY desk ideas is as easy as you’d think. My son hasn’t reached the age where he has a ton of homework yet but he loves to draw, write, and do crafts so he really needs a place of his own for working. I put together this super easy, very stylish DIY desk for him in a matter of minutes and for less than $10!
DIY Desk – Upcycled Bar Stools
- 2 bar stools
- small scrap piece of countertop or wood
- plastic storage baskets or wood cut to use as shelves
- 6 drywall screws (length will depend on thickness of bar stool top and counter or wood for desk top
- drill and drill bit
I had these 2 bar stools in storage from our previous kitchen. Our new kitchen did not have an overhang area that was the right height for these to be used.
The countertop is something I picked up at our local Habitat For Humanity ReStore for just a few dollars and they actually had several bar stools for sale when I picked up the countertop. If you don’t have a Habitat ReStore, you can watch garage sales or other thrift shops for these types of pieces.
The storage baskets were purchased at the dollar store some time ago and just happened to be a perfect fit for shelves.
Determine how long you want the finished desk to be. This will somewhat be determined by how long the top is that you plan to use and how big the bar stools are. You want to be sure there is enough room to sit with space for feet between the stools. Place the bar stools in an upright position at your desired spacing.
Place the countertop or piece of wood on top of the bar stools. Make sure the counter will overhang the bar stools at each end by at least 1/2″.
Using the drill and drill bit, carefully drill 3 holes through the seat of each stool, into the bottom of the countertop.
Use the drill to attach the countertop to the seat of the stools using drywall screws of appropriate length.
Insert baskets for storage between the rungs or the stool. The plastic baskets give great color and add style. You may also cut pieces of board to sit on the rungs for shelves.
This is a great DIY desk and is an easy project for an afternoon! It may even get your son or daughter excited about doing homework!