DIY Home Office Desk Under $50

DIY home office deskI am carving out a corner of our bedroom for my home office desk. I work from home a few days during the week and it really helps my focus to have an “office” area instead of working from the couch all day.

Here’s the space I am planning to use. Lots of good light and currently a mess. This was taken during unpacking and setting up the “bed”. The space hasn’t really changed much since then.

Bedroom Office corner

Future home “office” space

I decided on the bedroom because I have plans for similar “extra” space in the living room.

My budget for the home office desk was $100 but, after searching online retailers and craigslist, I couldn’t find anything that I liked. I was about to give up hope and order one of those ugly and unstable “computer desks” when I stumbled across a desk idea using Ikea items. Thanks Internet!

First, making the purchases at Ikea. Total cost $36.99 (not including tax)

The Linnmon table top also comes in a high gloss finish, which I did not get.

The Linnmon table top also comes in a high gloss finish, which I did not get.

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Next, some spray paint. I used Rustoleum Metallic spray paint in copper (about $5). I had to order from Amazon because the local hardware store did not have copper spray paint. I have seen variations of this DIY table with legs painted red, teal, blue, etc but I wanted a metallic finish.

I decided to spray paint the legs after assembly because I did not want to spray paint each piece, wait for the pieces to dry, then risk scratching them during assembly. I have seen other people spray paint the leg pieces before assembly so it is really up to you.

Since I live in an apartment building, I had to get a little creative with the spray paint setup. I ended up taking over the bathroom and lining the floor and surrounding walls with all the plastic and boxes I had saved from our past Ikea purchases for this special occasion.

Ikea Lerberg legs spray painted

I covered every bit of the bathroom with the cardboard boxes and plastic wrap.

Interestingly, the lighting in the bathroom was so yellow that it was sometimes hard to tell if I had missed a spot. In the end, it took about 10 minutes to spray paint each assembled leg. I had a face mask, I turned on the bathroom vent-fans, and I left the door wide open to make sure there was enough ventilation. I would definitely say do this outside if you have the space.

The finished legs.

Lerberg legs spray painted copper

Lerberg legs spray painted copper.

Here’s what the desk looks like, put together.

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  1. October 29, 2013 / 1:42 pm

    I am still trying to create our “office” area in our extra basement space. We just end up working in the dining room because the lighting is so nice but there’s always extra “stuff” that we just can’t have out all of the time. A continual journey, I guess…great job on your desk! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    ~Emily from The Orange Slate

  2. November 8, 2013 / 6:38 pm

    My office area is a part of the dining table. Lol.

    • November 9, 2013 / 3:25 pm

      Vera thanks for stopping by! I used to work on the dining table too but I always had to clear out everything in the evenings when it was time to use the table.

  3. Clara
    October 17, 2017 / 9:41 am

    I love this idea! I need new desk legs and was thinking about doing the same. Can you tell me if one can of spray paint (400ml) is sufficient?

    Love, Clara

    • October 19, 2017 / 11:11 am

      Hi Clara! I would get 2 cans just to be safe and get full coverage. It’s likely you would use 1.5 cans to get the best coverage. I also recommend two coats (let it dry between coats) as these did have some “lighter” portions where there wasn’t full coverage.

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