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Right_hook 01-13-2012 04:06 PM

Not to sure where to start
 
Hey guys,

I was never a DIY kind of guy, so my question is:
How do you make a desk cheaply?

I have a small business and I simply cannot afford to buy 4-5 desks, but I want to do something somewhat standardised (just so that people can work on a computer, there won`t be much paperwork involved if at all).

My plan:
Buy 3 planks at home depot, screw/hammer them together and be done with it?

Thanks.

Daniel Holzman 01-13-2012 04:12 PM

You can often buy used desks for slightly above dirt at a swap shop, pawn shop, auction, or used furniture shop. By the time you get done buying the material, putting it together, purchasing tools, you could have purchased ten desks.

TarheelTerp 01-13-2012 04:16 PM

find a used office furniture place.

DrHicks 01-13-2012 04:45 PM

Yeah - what these guys have said. ^^^

Craigslist is another good place to look. A lot of people are just looking to unload stuff, sometimes for free.

Sometimes you end up spend a lot of money, for materials, for something cheap.

danpik 01-14-2012 09:05 AM

I know the office equipment supply shop here in town has a "garage Sale" every year to get rid of old unwanted office furniture. Desks go for about $10.00 each. I would imagine most bigger cities have the same type of supply houses with the same problems (how to get rid of surplus). If that is not a viable option then you ca go to the old college dorm furiture store (building supply) and get some cement blocks ad a hollow core door. Maybe go a little fancier if you want storage and get two 12"-18" drawer base cabinets and put either a hollow core door or short countertop on top of them.

Blondesense 01-14-2012 10:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by danpik (Post 822146)
Maybe go a little fancier if you want storage and get two 12"-18" drawer base cabinets and put either a hollow core door or short countertop on top of them.

I have two two-drawer file cabinets with a plank across them for my desk.

AtlanticWBConst. 01-14-2012 10:45 AM

This may still not be within your budget, but I'll post it anyways: An unfinished wood furniture type store.

Example - This is one in my area: http://www.millstores.com/category.c...de=7&cattype=1

Blondesense 01-18-2012 01:18 PM

Just saw these in a magazine ad. They might work for you.

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=30930

jschaben 01-18-2012 01:40 PM

Last time I was over at Habitat they had a ton of desks.:)

Bluehawks 01-18-2012 08:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Blondesense (Post 822202)
I have two two-drawer file cabinets with a plank across them for my desk.

This is what I was going to suggest, so I will second it.
Some home stores sell counter tops in stock lengths to lay across the cabinets.

Good luck,

ink 01-20-2012 04:26 PM

If looks are a concern, old solid-core wooden doors make nice-looking desk tops, and they're free/cheap. Throw some glass on it and it's easier to clean and use a mouse pad on. You can use a 4x4 for posts, or a couple of filing cabinets, ikea shelves, etc.

mem 01-22-2012 01:35 PM

Try govdeals.com--it seems they always have a ton of desks, filing cabinets and desk chairs up for bid.

md2lgyk 01-22-2012 02:27 PM

As I'm typing this, the PC is sitting on a 4-ft plastic folding table. Makes a great desk and is also useful for other things.

Marqed97 01-22-2012 03:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Blondesense

I have two two-drawer file cabinets with a plank across them for my desk.

I will third this one. I've always used 2 filing cabinets and an old spare leaf from a dining room table that's long gone.

biggles 01-22-2012 08:19 PM

try "FREE" Craigslist out where you are tons of stuff might catch a desk or two


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