Think Space and Materials
Build to the Room
Measure the space you are working with and determine your needs for the space. One requirement for this room was a lot of desktop workspace, storage, and versatile options since a husband and wife would be sharing this office space. They found a fantastic deal on a couple ‘As-is’ kitchen countertops at Ikea, ($19 each!) and decided to build the rest of the structure out of MPT piping and lumber shelving.
Consider Desktop Heights
Customize for Your Comfort
Choose your desk height and fit piping accordingly. This couple wanted the desk to sit at about 32′ high, so they connected a 12′ and 18′ piece of pipe. Adding flanges on either end added another 2′, and made for a perfect foot to each desk leg, and brace to attach the desktop to. Bonus- with a little unscrewing, each leg can adjust slightly in height, which comes in handy when you’re working in an old home with uneven floors.
Shelves Make Walls Functional
They decided to make two shelves the full length of the desk, with a slider bar underneath for flexible desk storage. Before assembly, clean and spray all pipe pieces with two coats of matte black spray paint. This step is optional, depending on the look you want to achieve.
Be Creative with Brackets
Use Common Parts for Easy Shelving
Shelf brackets for these shelves are made by attaching a flange, a 9′ pipe, and an end cap together and mounting with drywall anchors to the wall. The 9′ deep shelf is a piece of lumber is stained and sanded. The shelf is attached with a U-shaped bracket around each pipe screwed to the underside of the wood shelf.
Use a Utility Bar
Not Quite Curtains
This utility bar was created by connecting flanges, 2′ pipe, elbows, a 72′ pipe, and a T-shaped joint in the middle for support. Use drapery clip rings before assembling the flanges and mounting. You could also use shower curtain rings, or S-hooks.
Hang All the Things!
Keep Supplies within Arm’s Reach
You can hang file baskets, pen cups, documents, memos, photos, you name it from the utility bar clips. Best part is, you can change, rearrange, and replace by sliding and clipping. The hanging file baskets are thin and don’t stick out too far, and the storage keeps the mess up and off the desktop, leaving more room to work.
Versatile Office Furniture
Find Mobile Solutions
This metal drawer unit on casters keeps tape, batteries, cords and other small items tucked away and off the desktop. The casters allow for versatility if you want to roll the unit to another part of the office, or pull it out from under the desk to use the top as an additional workspace.
Don’t Forget Your Furry Friends
Make Room for Pets
A custom, open base desk like this has more than just human perks—a little extra room in the corner makes for nice spot for a furry coworker.