Free Plans for Building a Desk


Building a desk from scratch can be difficult when you do not have a guide to follow. Luckily, there are many free plans that can be found on the Internet. From the very basic flat-top work desk to traditional roll-top versions, there are a variety of options from which to choose. Look over the required materials and make sure the supply costs are within your budget and capabilities, and you will have an easy-to-follow guide that will assist you in building a desk from scratch.

Wayne of the Woods

  • has a free plan for a basic wooden desk with side braces, which is great for a home office or dorm room. The building plan has easy, step-by-step instructions, a materials list, and an interactive tutorial. Dimensions can easily be changed to accommodate your desk space.


  • offers a variety of free desk plans, as well as those for bookcases, side tables, coffee tables, television stands, storage cabinets, and an antique-style rollover desk. Scroll through Minwax's desk-building plans to find the blueprint that best suits your workspace and follow the easy-to-follow instructions. As all of these desks are made from wood, it is also easy to find a wood stain that matches your home décor.

Popular Mechanics

  • also has a building plan for the traditional roll-top secretary desk. It has a fold-open workspace and many storage compartments for office supplies and paperwork. The desk plan includes a detailed list of materials, an intricate blueprint and coding keys that make for easy identification. This high-resolution desk building plan prints out as a high-quality, easy-to-follow guide. Again, you can choose any color wood stain to match your home décor.

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