The staple to any college student’s room is a sturdy desk. In a dorm room, a desk can be very versatile. It can be used as a study location, a place to eat dinner, a craft workspace and a place to make those important Skype calls home to mom and dad.
Though you probably have a standard desk that was assigned with your room, I know some of you may be interested in forgoing that desk for something a little more personalized.
I like having a desk that is unique to my room. Refinishing a used desk or creating one from store-bought components can be a lot of fun and is a more personal way to get your work done.
In sticking with affordability and ease, I recommend you check out your local thrift store for desks. Oftentimes you can find a piece with good bones that could use a new twist.
Using paint, decorative papers or new hardware, such as drawer pulls, can bring a dull, used desk back to life in just a few hours.
If you’re a do-it-yourself pro, you may even consider building your own desk or piecing together one from store-bought pieces.
For example, the desk I created for my room was made from three long planks of wood and three drawer units from Ikea.
I used two metal brackets on the underside of the wood planks to secure them together to make the desktop. I then sanded, stained and sealed the desktop.
The final step was placing it on top of the rolling drawer units.
I freed up a lot of desktop space by using a total of 18 drawers to corral my various crafting and office supplies. My desk never feels cramped, because at 70 inches long there is plenty of room for my laptop and hoards of writing utensils.
If you have any other pro tips on inexpensive desks, please comment below. I’d love to hear from you!