Due to this pandemic season, working from home seems to be the new normal. Initially, Naveen was using our camping table as his work desk which worked out fine as a temporary solution. Imagine 27″ monitor, Laptop, Keyboard, mouse, headphone and whole bunch of wires like hdmi, phone charger, laptop charger, 4 port USB hub, audio line, note pad and all stationary bunched up on a camping table. It was so hard to organize on a flimsy table and looked very clumsy. The height was also not comfortable enough to work for him. So, I decided to build him a work desk and organize all his stuff to make it clean & comfy to use. I know that many of you will be on the same boat, so this tutorial might help you to build one as well – DIY Work Desk with hidden wire organizer.
First, I raided our scrap wood stock and found 2 x 4s from previous projects. Since we do not have any fancy tools other than a jigsaw, I designed the table legs with simple cuts. I also added a cable cubby, where we can hide the bulky wires and charges underneath the table top. For table top, I already had one in 2’x4′ size in white finish. So, I decided to use it. But you can buy any 1.5″ or 3/4″ thk ply or MDF that is cut to required size.
- 8ft long 2×4 – 3 nos
- 4ft long 1/2×3 – 2 nos
- 2-1/4″ pocket hole screws
- L – brackets – 5 nos
- Primer + Paint of your choice
- Clear PU
- 2ft x 4ft MDF or Plywood – Table top
DIY Work Desk with hidden wire organizer
SIZE : The overall dimension of the table is 2ft(D) x 4ft(L) x 30″(H). The under-structure (base) is 21″(D) x 43″(L) x 29″(H). According to the height of the person using the table, you can adjust the dimension for the legs.
Step : 1 – Cut
Below diagram will guide you with the cut list. Mark and cut the legs.
Step : 2 – Sand and Assemble Base
Sand all the sides of cut wood pieces with 80 grit sand paper. Lay the legs as shown in below image. To assemble, pre-drill the pocket holes and secure using 2-1/4″ pocket screws.
Similarly, add the 40″ braces connecting the legs.
Step : 3 – Add cable organizer
Now attach the cut 3″ pieces on the rear as shown with L brackets. Later, I realized that the 3″ wood was sagging. So, I added another L bracket at the center to give it sufficient support.
Step : 4 – Sand & Paint
Sand the whole base once with 120 grit sand paper and clean with tack cloth before starting to paint. I am using a Coastal blue spray paint (2 to 3 coats) here. Once dry, apply clear PU coat.
Step : 5 – Attach Table Top
Lay the table top upside down and position the base over it . Center and mark the position underside of the table top. Then attach them with 2.5″ wood screws. Don’t for get to add felt bumpers under the table legs.
Step : 6 – Position & organize
Now its time to organize everything that goes on this table. I added a monitor riser with drawers from ikea that we already had.
All the wires and chargers are tucked in with the help of double sided tapes, command hooks and ties.
To avoid having cluttered table top, I will be soon making wall organizers to hold his stationary and head phone. So, stay tuned!
Update: Here is the wall mounted organizer that I built to go along with this table. Click on the image to see how it was made.