Although the door-as-desk option is often seen as a workspace solution for broke college kids and startup companies, it's a great way to get a lot of space cheaply and doesn't have to be drab or cheap looking.
If you've been considering an office overhaul or simply need a new desk, give the following door-as-desk designs a look over. Each entry has a description and a link back to the source of the image for additional reading and design ideas.
Typing on a door right now? Throw some picture of your door-as-desk workspace in the comments.
Glass-Topped Door as Office Desk The most interesting doors are the ones with the most texture and depth. Unfortunately a desk with rich texture is a pleasure to look at but absolute terrible as a workspace. The perfect compromise is to have a sheet of glass cut to the size of the door. You end up with smooth and clean writing surface while retaining the texture and interest of the door.
I didn't wanted to use my old (Galant) desk top so searched for an alternative. I found a high gloss cabinet door for the Pax cabinet system for 20€. As table legs I reused my old ones from the (Galant) table.
So I needed something to widen the table in depth I used two (Lack) racks. Installed them just above so there would be enough place to hide the cables and so on. I plan to put some lights under the racks but haven't found time yet.
Ours features an antique door from a beach house in Mexico, with peeling red paint atop weathered grey wood. We added a huge piece of thick custom-cut glass to provide a smooth work surface, and rested the whole thing on top of two giant, hand-carved limestone x-shaped columns. The weight of the door and the glass is enough to keep the top stationary, without needing to attach the top to the base.
The whole thing ended up being no more expensive than a desk from Ikea or an office supply store, although unlike the pressboard monstrosities you find at Office Depot, this one will last forever. I also really like the mixture of materials, and how visually satisfying it is to lay computer equipment on top of old, peeling wood.
Folding Desk This ingenious design from Flickr user ktes750 folds down against the wall when not in use. The two legs fold up and under the desk surface and the entire affair folds down against the wall to a thickness of around 4 inches. This would be a great solution for extra but easily-stowed additional workspace in an office or workshop.
Wall-Mounted Door At HGTV they have a step by step guide to building a wall-mounted door-desk. The front support is provided by two antique balustrades and the back support is a simple 1x2 board nailed into the wall studs.
I used BESTA shelves and VIKA BYSKE legs, to create my ideal desk. The desktop is made from 2 hollow doors that I assembled, veneered, stained and varnished. The doors are IKEA TOMBO doors with a peacock wallpaper from Ferm Living.
The Five-Door Desk Unlike the traditionally simple arrangement of throwing an old door over file cabinets, this project involved recycling five old doors and an old desk by slicing them all up and turning them into an entire alcove of storage with a work surface.
Raw Wood If you're looking for a simple desk sans the hassle of even painting it, this workspace is nothing but an unfinished door resting on two saw horses made from unfinished wood. It's light, simple, and after a trip to the hardware store you could put it together in 10 minutes.
Storage Cubes While you're probably not going to be painting your office with pink strips any time soon, the desk OhMySinkinHeck made for her daughters shows off a good alternative to file cabinets and saw horses. The two supports are basic MDF storage shelves affixed to the bottom of the desk with simple L-brackets and screws.
The Space Invaders Desk An inexpensive door is great blank slate for your customisation. Flickr user Iane Allen took a novel approach: lane's desk by lane allen.
I got a generic wood slab door for my desk so I "dressed" it up with some Space Invaders. Then I had to get a pong clock screen saver to finish it off! :)
Sawhorses and Cable Baskets Throw some IKEA sawhorses and cable cage under a desk and you've got instant storage and cable-wrangling in one.