Buying a desk isn't always expensive, depending on where you shop and what you're looking for, but if you really want a desk that's tailored to the way you work, is large enough for all of your gear and suits your tastes, you might consider building one. It does take a little elbow grease and some work, but it doesn't have to cost a lot of money.
This build, for example, cost under a hundred bucks, and it looks pretty good for the money spent. Instructables user Sobaka-Gemini decided to build his own computer desk from a pair of 0.6m by 1.2m MDF plates, some table legs he acquired on the cheap, black paint, and polyurethane to seal the desk and protect it from moisture. He estimates the total cost of his desk to be around $US35, but he omits the price of some of the optional items (like the moisture sealant) that you'll probably want. Plus, just in case some of his costs are lowballed, we bumped up the budget in case you want to take his list of gear to your local hardware store and pick up what you'll need to put it all together.
The step-by-step is pretty detailed, and while you'll definitely need some tools in your garage or on your workbench to make this DIY project come to life, it's easier than it looks, especially considering how good the finished project looks. When finished, he had two separate desks that he could arrange in a U-shape or space out around the room separately for two people to use. What do you think? Did you build your workstation? What do you think of this build? Let us know in the comments below.
Low Cost Computer Desk [Instructables]