One of the major questions facing us when figuring out how to add some office-y function to our guest bedroom was: where does the desk go? Correction: since there are two of us, were do the desks go? Bear in mind that this isn’t the easiest question when you’re working with such a modestly sized room (it’s just 10′ x 10.5′) that also needs to accommodate our new sofa (which folds out into a full bed for our occasional house guests). So we decided that a little pre-planning would help us answer that very question. Allow me to introduce my simple (not-to-scale) floor plan to demonstrate the desk placement options that we weighed:
- Zone #1 sounded great because it meant one of us would get to peer out the window and enjoy a nice view of the backyard. But with the couch so close, it meant the other person might be a bit cramped. Plus, we had big plans for a bookcase on that wall (to balance out the height of the uncentered window) so it was on to the next two options.
- Zone #2 felt like a better choice since it was the longest uninterrupted wall, but it would require a very custom sized desk because of how long that wall is and how far the sofabed would need to fold out when it’s in use.
- Zone #3 only offered up space for one desk, although putting one of us there (and the other person in zone #1 or #2) would take pressure off of finding one long two-person desk. But it also meant that we’d have our backs to one another, which isn’t always helpful when we’re working on something together (seeing each other’s screens would be more convenient).
So what did we decide? Zone #2 for the win! It made the most sense since it was the longest space. Plus we loved having a blank wall in front of us to hang art, pinboards or whatever other productivity-inducing wall decor we decide that we need when it comes time to tackle the art-factor in the room.
With that decided, our next challenge was finding a desk to fit that wall. We had about 7ft between the window and the door (when it was fully open) to work with, but only 21″ of depth before we’d start bumping into the folded-out sofa bed. So after lots of hunting (and even some thrift store trolling) we came up with two decent options – the IKEA Besta Burs and something like the Crate & Barrel Sloane Leaning Bookcase Desk (with two work areas instead of one).
Sadly after checking out both solutions in person, we weren’t won over by either one. The IKEA option was close, but at 5’10” long and only 15″ deep, it didn’t fill the space as much as it could have (and we’ll take all the desktop that we can get!). Plus the $249 price tag was a bit steep for two cheap-os like ourselves. And the Crate & Barrel option wasn’t only more expensive ($379), but it didn’t accommodate two desk areas (so we would probably have to build something similar that would) and it also meant there would be an abundance of bookcases in the room (remember, we’re already planning to place one next to the uncentered window to balance out that wall and add tons of functional storage space. It was beginning to look like we were all out of desk luck…
But then, infused by some of the confidence leftover from my self-building experience, I decided that I should build a custom desk for us. I’d been eager to try out the Kreg Jig on something bigger, so this seemed like just the project. Plus – how hard could it be? Just gotta screw some legs onto a big slab of wood, right? But when it comes to getting “big slabs” of anything home, we always have to think a bit harder since our only vehicle is a Nissan Altima (which isn’t really something that a 7 foot piece of wood just slides into).
So we put on our thinking caps and our figuring-things-out pants and – in a moment of inspiration – Sherry remembered that we still had the hollow-core door that once lived on our bathroom linen closet residing right in our garage. Check it out in the photo below on the left. It was always in the way so it had to go (and you know we have a thing for open storage anyway), but now it was poised for a comeback.
Sherry had seen a few other folks around the blogosphere repurposing doors to create tabletops and desktops so she convinced me that we should join the ranks. And lucky for us, the door was nearly a perfect fit for our floor plan without much altering (it was just under 7ft long, and about 18 inches wide). Plus not only was it free, but it required absolutely zero hauling. Picture us with some serious jazz hands thanks to this fortuitous development.
As for the rest of my supplies, I didn’t turn to woodworking plans like a normal person might (I wasn’t planning on doing any fancy drawers on my first attempt at furniture building, so perhaps I was feeling a bit adventurous). Instead, I poked my head under our dining room table since it had the same basic legs and rail design that we decided we wanted for our simple DIY desk. Of course it was a different measurement than our desk would be, but the basic construction was perfect to mimic for my pending project.
With a few quick measurements, we headed off to Home Depot to pick up enough wood for four legs and a rail on all four sides. We came home with a nice little wood collection that looked a little something like this (oh and we added the existing bathroom door to the mix before snapping the photo):
Our bounty included a few planks of 1 x 3″ (poplar) for the rails and four chunky 3 x 3″ lengths (also poplar) that we’d be cutting down to create legs. In total, it cost us about $70 – which would end up being our only out-of-pocket expense for this project. Not bad considering the smaller skinnier Ikea desk was a whopping $249.
Before I could get to the fun screw-everything-together part, there was quite a bit of prep work to be done. Let’s start with the door hardware. Obviously we didn’t need hinges or a handle mechanism on our desk. So first I removed the hinges and used some wood putty to fill the indentation they left behind (since that side would become the front of the desk). This is because we decided to leave the hole where the handle had been in place so it could conveniently become the spot at the back of the desk that we fed all of our wires and power cords through. And you know this cord-wrangling feature appealed to that type-A wife of mine.
The other prep project that I had to do was whip the door back into shape. Living in the garage for two years meant it had some peeling paint and a bit of scum on it. But it was nothing that a good scrubfest with some vinegar-infused water (for the scum) and a light sanding (for the peeling paint) wouldn’t fix. Well it wouldn’t completely fix it, but it would get it ready for some priming and painting- which would.
I also had a bit of sawing to do. Even though the door was already slightly shorter than the 7 foot space between the open office door and the opposite wall, we wanted to shorten it by a few more inches just to leave some breathing room on either side of our future desk (so it didn’t look crammed into the space too tightly). I measured and marked where we wanted to cut it, and then – to help prevent the wood from splintering – I taped it off using some painter’s tape (then I just traced my cut line over the tape again so I could see it).
Then out came the circular saw. Hello old friend.
Now if anyone has ever wondered what the inside of a hollow-core door looks like, here ya go. Obviously this needed a bit of sanding to smooth things out, but since this is the end that would face the wall, I didn’t go through the extra effort to seal it over with a new piece of wood. Call it a short cut, if you must. Or a place to hide stuff that you don’t want anyone to find. Oops, I just told the internet about it so that’s out.
In the above photo, you can already see my other prep project sitting on the bottom of my sawhorse: priming. I decided to prime all of the wood before constructing the piece, but saved painting until after it was all put together. Knowing it would get a little roughed up during construction, I didn’t want to feel bad every time I got a mark on the wood.
Now for the fun part. With everything primed and dried, I could start construction. I began with the legs, using the Kreg Jig to drill one pilot hole on the two inside faces of each leg. Check out this post to learn more about how the Kreg Jig works.
With my pilot holes drilled, it was a simple next step to screw them into the door (which was finally on the verge of become a desktop!). Since I wanted the legs to be set in from the edge (instead of flush) I used some furring strips leftover from our bathroom project as impromptu guides to ensure that I was setting each leg at the same distance from the edge.
And with the help of my trusty clamp, I screwed the leg into place no problem. Whew. Note that the door is still looking a bit rough in this picture – those are some of the scrapes that occurred as I pieced things together. I had a few more than I anticipated because I realized too late that I should’ve used oil (not water-based) primer. Oops, my bad. But a good once over with the oil-based stuff before painting solved the problem.
Once all four legs were in place, it came time to attach my rails. I carefully measured and cut those four pieces using my miter saw and then drilled pilot holes using my Kreg Jig again. As you can see below, on each rail I prepped pilot holes to go both into the legs and into the door itself (roughly 8″ apart). And since I wanted the rails to be set back even further than the legs, I used another impromptu guide (this time a leftover 1 x 3″) to make sure I was setting all four at the same depth.
Now, since this is a hollow-core door I feared that I wouldn’t be going into solid wood with these screws. But fortunately, with the exception of the end where I sliced off a few inches, all of my screws were angled enough that they went into the solid frame on all sides of the door. Here’s what it looked like with two of the rails in place.
Now this is the part where “through the magic of the Internet” I put my ingredients in the oven and they come out fully baked (mainly because I won’t bore you with some wood puttying, repriming with the oil-based stuff, painting, and poly-ing – but we used the same method that we used to paint the top of this dresser). And voila! Here’s our brandspankingnew desk:
I realize it’s a bit hard to get excited about a plain white table – but we were pretty pumped back when I finished this project (yes, this is something I actually tackled right before Clara’s arrival – she just distracted me from writing the post about it once she came along so it’s just hitting the blog now). Anyway, it fits the space perfectly (since we made it, gotta love custom measurements) and it provides plenty of room for the two of us. Plus it’s out of the way enough for the sofa bed to be fully folded out. We realize it looks crazy skinny in the shot above, but it’s actually 18″ deep, which easily accommodates our two laptops (which are only 9″ deep) along with everything else we’ll need to have on hand. It was also the right price (just $70- since we already owned the door, all of the screws, wood filler, primer, and paint). And we have the satisfaction of having done it ourselves. Score.
Oh and now we’re getting to the best part – turning it into a actual functioning workspace for both of us. That means chairs, storage, more storage, electronics, wall decor and anything else that we find ourselves pining after in order to be productive parents / bloggers. We’re gradually piecing everything together, and although we’re taking a slow-and-steady approach to this project (kinda out of necessity, given that we have a newborn daughter and all) we can share that we’ve already clocked a few days of work at our new door-turned-desk and so far it’s working out fantastically well. In fact I’m writing this very post on said desk right now. Of course the walls are still bare and we have a ways to go, but I can also divulge that we’ve taken on two more office projects (since Clara’s arrival no less- we’re so proud!) so stay tuned for the play by play on those two exciting undertakings soon…
But enough about us. Have you guys seen any other unique desk solutions recently? Or have you creatively solved any of your own where-do-I-put-my-workspace dilemmas? Feel free to throw in any other fun and/or functional office ideas that might come in handy for others who are planning their home offices as we tackle ours. Share and share alike.
Psst- Wanna follow the entire office/guest bedroom/playroom makeover? Click here for the intro post and here to read about the big sleeper sofa hunt.
Sunny's Life in Rehab says
I think you did a fantastic job, and I love using what you already have. That should be a perfect spot to hatch your creativity with Clara nearby (more bean pics, please!).
I’m sure you got the email that you were featured here:
It was one of the biggest thrills of my whole blogging life to find myself on a list with the Petersiks. You two are pretty much my heroes.
You’re so sweet! And congrats on the feature- we’re equally flattered that we’re included with so many other amazing blogs like yours! And as for the Clara pic requests, we just added a sidebar button so you can check out regularly updated photos of the bean! Hope it helps!
What is the finish paint that you used? When I was in highschool I painted a dest and remember it getting all scuffed up because I used the wrong type of paint.
We painted the desk following the exact same parameters and products that we used to paint the top of this dresser: https://www.younghouselove.com/2010/03/nursery-progress-refinishing-a-veneer-dresser/
Hope it helps!
Sunny's Life in Rehab says
How did I miss that?!?!?!
Obviously, this type of furniture is not for anyone on a strict budget, but wow! Look at how functional some of it is, as well as kind of modern and stylish.
Love it! We made a craft table using an old door. Maybe I should post that on my blog? Anyways, love the idea and it turned out great!
Mike at The Big Stick says
I recently had to DIY a standing desk for work. My employer wouldn’t spring for a new $400 desk so I reduced the height of a $40 computer cart and put it on top of my old desk. Now I stand at work for about 5 hours of my 8 hour day. Great for the back.
Looks fabulous as always! By the way did you make the flowers on the wall or where did you get those from, I LOVE them!
Here’s that link for ya: https://www.younghouselove.com/2009/06/push-it-push-it-real-goo/
Great post! I love how the desk turned out. You two never cease to impress (and INSPIRE me). One day, I will not be afraid of DIY! Thank you for the details in the post – people like me really appreciate them!
Great job! My husband made himself a tall work table out of a solid door, some posts for legs, and the hardware to attach them. He needed a custom table because he is quite a bit taller than most of the population and needed a sturdy table he could stand at comfortably. It’s such a good idea.
meryl rose says
We used our spare bedroom for my art room and I got to completely design the space. Luckily, my boyfriend is really handy so he built a custom work table for me, and I designed and he built a custom floor to ceiling, wall to wall shelving unit (about 8′ x 8′ – it’s AWESOME!)
The desk is amazing. You have inspired me to turn my old closet doors into something.
We actually use the cheap kitchen countertops that you can buy at Home Depot or Lowes. Relatively cheap, flop it over some drawers, and away you go. It was my and my roomate’s desk in college (two people fit beautifully!) and now it’s been repurposed as my mom’s folding table in her laundry room.
I’m really impressed. I thought of getting two work tables for my kids to do their homework but now I know what I’m going to do with those doors in the foyer. Since I’m not that handy (no tools whatsover), I think I’ll just get the legs from Ikea. That should work, you think?
Absolutely! Great idea.
Amazing! That turned out beautifully – the crisp white finish completely “makes” the table. Even if you didn’t have an old door on hand, a flea market would be a great place to pick one up for a song.
Great idea! I think it turned out really nice. I’ve been trying to come up with a solution to make a cheap folding table for our laundry area. We just took off an old door that would perfect to transform. Thanks for the inspiration!
Just an idea you may have already thought of… you can use that door handle hole in your new desk as cord control!
The desk looks awesome. You’re making good use of that Kreg tool. I am impressed!
Perfect solution! I am always so inspired by your DIYs.
When we moved into our 3 bedroom home, my husband and I both took our own office, but I started wanting a guest bedroom, so I turned my office into the guest bedroom, but kept the closet in there as my ‘office.’ I recently gave it a makeover and enjoy it much more now:)
Your new desk looks great. My husband made our dining table out of an old door and it’s fantastic. Since we don’t entertain much, the door-turned-dining-table has become our makeshift workspace for our laptops. It works great. And I love that my husband made it.
Inspired by this: http://amandajillsblog.blogspot.com/2009/10/soon-to-be-mine.html
I made this: http://amandajillsblog.blogspot.com/2009/11/picture-post.html
(and realized when posting this comment that I should take some better pictures of the desk and room!)
A little different view: http://amandajillsblog.blogspot.com/2010/02/get-organized.html
I still haven’t perfected the legs- we just used some old desk pieces and cart that we had around the house. I need to either paint them both the same color or actually invest in some new storage/leg support system. But, it’s my favorite desk I’ve ever owned!
Janny A. says
What a great post!!! you two are soo resourceful!! Thanks for the inspiration!!
Love the desk!
Question: when thinking about your zones, did you consider flipping the way the door opens into the room? I don’t know how hard that would be, but I noticed that if it was flipped, it would open to the right – basically only blocking the shallow wall to the right – instead of to the left and into the room space itself. Your thoughts?
Thanks for all your wonderful ideas – I’ve told my husband he definitely needs to check out your bathroom redo post – ours is very similar and desperately needs a redo!
Good thought – we hadn’t actually considered that, but is a good option to keep in the back of our heads while we figure out how we need to use the rest of the space (is the space next to the desk more valuable than on the small wall next to the closet). Thanks for the idea!
I love it! I thought I was being thrifty re-painting and fixing up the existing desk we had (it survived three years of college, so it was a sight!) but this is wonderful! It really makes you realize that so many things we throw out could probably have tons of other usage in it.
My business really picked up this year and it made us realize it was definitely time for an office space for me. After tons of rearranging in our spare bedroom and a little makeover here and there, the space is sorta coming together, while still keeping the room comfortable for guests to stay in.
and I hope the mobiles look familiar, I call it the young house love mobiles lol.
You guys are my heroes. Not only do you manage to write two posts a day when you have a newborn daughter, but everything you do is beautiful. You even write in a way that makes something that might be boring to some people, like building a desk, fun to read. BRAVO!
Wow, John! You’ve got crazy tool skills! I LOVE the desk, much more than my Ikea model.
And I also really want a kreg jig. There’s not much that a 17 year old girl could use one for, but if I had one around, I’d be making tables and kitchen cabinets and desks all day long! :P
Lisa in Seattle says
…our figuring-things-out pants…
Man, I need a pair of those.
The desk looks awesome!! We’re just about ready to move our work space to the guest room too and have similar concerns with adequate space.
Great post! I love this! Does the paint fill in all the texture of the door so that it is smooth for writing?? Of course I have to have some extra paper or a blotter under the paper I’m writing on anyway. These doors aren’t painted in my house only the trim is white, but they do look nice that way, both in a door way and a desk!
Also – I’d love to see the bit you cut off the end in the room or elsewhere as a mini floating shelf. You could just slide it over a piece of wood you screw to the wall, as in the post you had recently where the guest told us how to DIY our own floating shelves.
The sanding that I did before we primed and painted made for a nice seamless surface. You can definitely write right on the desk without it being all bumpy (although we both use notebooks for the most part anyway). And funny suggestion about using the end of the door as a shelf- we thought about doing the very same thing! We just have to see how the room shapes up and if there’s a place for it…
Love the desk, the color, the inspiration, and the post … picturing you guys with serious jazz hands … LOL!!
kenn rogers says
The desk looks great and it has motivated me to do like a nike ad and just do it. I have a cottage that has a sloped roof line in my creative space and I am tall so I need to take advantage of the space. I will get back with my progress. Thanks for the motivation.
Such a great reuse of an old door!! I can’t wait to see how you accessorize! :)
really nice execution, great re-purposing idea too.
1. I’m surprised you didn’t even consider a setup with facing partner-desk setup, I know space is limited but surely something with locking wheels that could be moved to hug the wall when the couch needs to be pulled out…
2. Are you at all concerned about the strength of the hollowcore? I feel like I’d accidentally crack right through one demonstrative day.
Laurie- You can scroll back a bit to read about John addressing the strength of the hollow core door in the previous comments. Those rails really added a ton of stability (and you can see in the photo where we cut the door that it has a big solid piece of wood that runs through it to add some heft so it’s not really hollow at all). As for the facing partner-desk, we really wanted to be able to see each other’s computer screens (we work on posts and edit photos together, so not having that convenience would have messed with our blogging mojo). We also love that we have freed up floor space while one or both of us work away (for Clara’s swing for example) instead of only having that floor space if we wheeled or folded our facing-desks away in some way). Hope it helps!
Katelyn- Outlets are a huge part of floor planning for us. Fortunately each wall in the office has an outlet, so any of the zones would have worked for us. If you don’t have a plug in a certain spot though, you can either eliminate that wall and try to figure out another configuration or get one added for around $100. Sometimes it’s the cheap way to get the most function out of a room (instead of buying all sorts of crazy furniture to make it work and spending a ton more in the end)!
I just want to say thank you for posting such clear, step-by-step directions! It really empowers us readers to go from being inspired by what you do to imagine actually doing projects ourselves. I also really appreciate when you include the “goofs” and the fixes. It just makes tackling one’s own project, when new to DIY, much less daunting. So thank you! The desk looks both lovely & functional, and I think it’s a great example of re-purposing existing resources rather than plunking down our hard-earned dollars for ready-made items.
Katelyn H. says
The desk looks amazing! So chic!
I feel like my furniture arrangements are always ruined by electric outlet placement. Too many things that need to be plugged in = fewer options. Have you ever had this problem? How do you work around it?
Shhhh…I’m reading this during my lunch break. Keep up the good work!
WOW!!! There’s even a hole for the electrical cords! Impressive DIY :)
Just one thought…and its what’s keeping me from finishing my office. If the baby is playing on the floor, it will be hard to work at the desk and watch her because she will be behind you.
Good point! That’s where being two people really comes in handy. One of us is usually entertaining her while the other is working and we switch off that way. It’s nice to be in the same room since we can chat (about work and about how cute our baby is being). Maybe for your room a floating desk is the answer (instead of facing the wall you can look out into the room). Hope it helps!
So how much room do you have between the desk and bed when the bed is pulled out? Is there enough to walk between the two?
Just a suggestion – as I’ve been a frequent guest in people’s homes lately – leave as much space for suitcases/spreading out for guests as you can. It’s horrible to have to get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and have to try to figure out how far to leap so that you clear your suitcase because you can’t put it in the closet due to the fact that it’s stuffed to the gills with all the homeowners stuff.
We are fortunate enough to have a guest room that only doubles as a nap room for our son (easy to move him to another room when we have guests) and some storage (but the closet is still mostly empty when we have visitors). I think it makes a stay so much more enjoyable when you don’t feel like you literally have to live out of your suitcase or fear hurting yourself due to all the other stuff homeowners stuff in their “unused” guest room.”
We have about 18″ between the edge of the bed and the desk so people can walk around it to get to the other side of the room. Happily, 18″ is the standard amount of space for a small walkway in a floor plan so we’re so glad it was possible to accomplish in our tiny room! And we have an empty guest closet for all of our friends to use- not to worry! We put people up fairly frequently here at Casa Petersik so we do our best to give them lots of room to settle in and feel at home.
Misty Smith says
I love this! I can’t wait to have a house so I can do this, and lots of other things you guys have posted :)
Elaine K says
My parents had a desk made out of a door when my dad was in seminary 50 years ago and they are still using it. It’s solid wood though. I can’t wait to see how the rest of the room shapes up.
I LOVE it! You guys are seriously awesome!
I love your use of the old door! We recently made an office, but it’s not completely done. You can check it out here: http://ourhumbleabowed.wordpress.com/2010/06/02/office-progress-2/
One idea my husband had was a magnetic backsplash. I have added details about it on my blog, so you can read more about it there. I love that it adds function and I don’t have an ugly cork board and holes in the walls!
So resourceful — love it!
Apartment B says
LOVE IT!!!! you are officially on your way to becoming a bona fide woodworker but before then I just wanted to let you know that the rails you constructed are actually referred to as the apron. I am not sure why it is called an apron but it is. So now you know some of the lingo, I can’t wait to see what you build next!
That’s hysterical. The entire time we built it Sherry called it the apron but then I did some googling (because she and I thought she just pulled that word out of thin air) and we saw people refer to them as rails so we went with that. Duly noted!
I read Barb’s comment on page one about the MaryKate and Ashley lamp. I found something very similar (if not the same) at my TJMaxx! Here they are:
Renee Smith says
BRILLIANT! I find myself commenting in all caps at your blog all too often!
I have a few hollow core doors in the garage and attic, and may just repurpose them to some toddler height shelves/tables in our spare bedroom (we don’t need office space, but could definitely use alternative play space with child number two in the oven!… my belly, that is). I’ve been struggling with a cheap-o alternative to buying new shelves for toys that would be the right height for two babies!
LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!
Robin O says
Hey guys – awesome job on the desk. Looks AMAZING!
Question for you – and this is a bit random… In one of the pictures of the desk in the room, I see a sliver of the rug that you have in there and I can tell it’s a rug that my husband and I almost bought over the weekend at a PB outlet. I LOVED it, but for certain scale/measurement reasons we weren’t sure if it’d work. And since all sales are final at the PB outlets, we didn’t want to risk it. (We weren’t in our home town so couldn’t run home to measure really quick). Well, now we realize the size WOULD have worked and I’m pining for the rug. Before we drive 300 miles (!!!) to go back and get it, what is your opinion of it? Has it held up well? Any pilling happening? We’d be putting it in a very high traffic zone in our house and I just want to make sure it’s a smart buy. Would appreciate any info or opinions you have about the rug!
Thanks guys. And again, great job on the desk. It really looks great!
We love it! It definitely does its fair share of shedding the white fluff for a while (as did our yellow PB rug in the living room) but vacuuming it frequently for a while will cut down on that. Ultimately, it’s a great rug and it stands up to lots of traffic and doesn’t look worse for wear after a baby and a dog have been hanging out on it. And the price was amazing. Hope it helps!
Great to see you put the door to good use! I would seal the open end though, both to protect Clara’s fingers when she starts exploring and also so she wont hide things in there. I have an 11 month old and she loves holding on to my desk and try to reach all the so exciting things from the worktop… and she really likes hiding things in small spaces, today I found some wooden puzzles inside my printer!
Looks so great!!! I get excited to see the office progress! Just wanted to add-my husband and I registered and received the Crate and Barrel bookshelves/desk and although we really enjoy it and it looks great, the veneer totally cracked with the heat of my laptop…so if anyone is interested in it, just an FYI.
I bow down… Fabulous!
Love the Desk! Just a note for people like me who don’t have a fancy ‘Jig’: I did a similar project (except mine was a coffee table), but instead of being quite so into the power tools I used precut table legs from Home Depot. They have a variety of styles. Then you just get the metal brackets that the legs screw into (I don’t know what they’re called, but they’re located right next to the table legs in HD/L). The bracket screws onto the table, and the leg goes into the bracket to help everything be nice and sturdy. I used a pre-cut piece of wood for the top, and glued some molding (again, multiple styles to choose from) around the edges for some interest. Very simple and inexpensive! Plus I still get to say ‘Oh, that table, yeah, I made it’
Love the reused door desk!
I really wanted a simple corner desk with plenty of workspace for my sewing/craft room, but everything I found in stores was too big or too deep to fit in the room, my husband DIYed one for me. He made the whole thing out of one piece of plywood, so it was super affordable.
You can see it in the second and third pictures here: http://pearvana.com/2010/04/19/new-sewing-studio/
It’s set up with sewing right now, but we designed the desk to have plenty of open space for me to set up my laptop, too, and no drawers or shelves under the desk, so that I can slide the chair around to whichever spot I want to work at.
Now I just wish we’d drilled a cord hole like the one you left in your door desk!