I knew it wouldn’t be long before my husband came up with another project to make with Pallet wood. Our DIY Pallet desk was easy to make, cost less than $50, looks fantastic & is 8 feet long!!!
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How to Make an 8 Foot Long DIY Pallet Desk for 2 People
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Jason has needed a home office computer desk for years now since he started working from home & I have never been able to talk him into buying one.
We decided to make our pallet desk a double desk so that more than one person could work on it & we could place our diy homemade pallet desk under one of the windows.
Supplies & Tools Needed for a DIY Pallet Desk
The DIY pallet desk we made is 8 feet by 18 inches so it could fit perfectly between our side wall & bump out.
- 2 pallets
- (4) 2 by 3’s for the desk frame & screws or nails to keep it together
- Pin Nailer
- sand paper/ or an orbital sander
- 2 Table Legs for the front of the pallet desk
Step by Step Instructions for How to Build an 8 Foot Long Pallet Desk
Step ONE – How to Take Apart the 2 Pallets
We used 2 pallets to make the desk.
First, Jason took apart the pallets and cut them down to use as wood for the top, front and sides of the desk.
To read more about how we take apart a pallet fast & safely (find that HERE)
Step TWO – Make a Desk Frame with 2 by 3 Boards
Next, create a floating desk frame with 2 by 3’s.
Step THREE – Attaching the Pallet Wood to the Desk Frame
The reclaimed pallet wood was then attached around the frame first to the front and sides with a pin nailer in order to hide the 2 by 3 wood.
Next the pallet wood was added to the top of the wood desk top in a staggered manner making sure the ends of the board landed on one of the 2 x 3 boards in the frame.
Step FOUR – Sanding the Pallet Desk
Pallet wood has so much character to it and in my opinion looks beautiful. Jason sanded the pallet wood smooth with our favorite 15 year old orbital sander, DEWALT DWE6423K Variable Speed Random Orbit Sander, 5″
We decided the wood looked perfect after it was sanded and decided not to stain the wood.
Step FIVE – Attaching the Pallet Desk to the Wall & Adding the Legs
Jason attached the pallet desk to the wall at the studs with 3″ screws.
To support the front of the pallet desk and make the desk look a little more formal we added 2 painted white table legs from Lowes to both sides on the front corners.
These were attached to the 2×3 frame with 3″ screws as well.
At less than $20 each they seemed like a bargain to us verses having to cut, sand and paint legs of our own.
In total, our pallet desk cost less than $50 to make.
A fantastic value for an 8 foot wide double wood computer desk!
Lastly, Jason drilled a hole through the top of the pallet desk for the computer and monitor cords to go through.
Jason loves using his forstner drill bits (found here PORTER-CABLE PC1014 Forstner Bit Set, 14-Piece) in furniture making because the bits allow for drilling a nice clean hole every time.
Tips for Smart Cord Management
Under the pallet desk we drilled 3″ screws into the 2 by 3 frame to wrap the cords around and keep them off the ground and hidden from view.
We also added a few screws to hold up the power strip as well.
He now finally has a office desk at home after well over a decade.
Now to just find him 2 comfy desk chairs!
For now we are using 2 white chairs from Ikea that we borrowed from our dining room.
Our Pallet desk gets a ton of use & is still looking as pretty as the day we installed it.
This DIY pallet desk has really come in handy now with having 4 kids doing school at home & Jason & I working from home.
We still have 2 more pallets in our garage for more pallet projects that we will be sharing with you soon.
I hope this inspires you & answers all your questions about how to make a diy pallet desk!
by Tara Lehman
We added a DIY Home Gym to our Home Office! (see it HERE)
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