Gorgeous Desks for the DIYer

by Bruno Bornsztein

Suitcase desk

A few desk round ups I came across this morning got me thinking about DIY desk ideas. The suitcase desk above is smart, but probably not that functional. Building one out of books seems appropriate for a library (as below), but not for the home office.

Library desk built out of books.

Chris's galvanized pipe desk from our Make It! Hardware Store Decor eBook (on sale right now!) is a really simple, sleek-looking desk you can make with readily-available materials:

Hardware store decor pipe desk

This...

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A Beautiful, Well-Organized, Small Business Office and Studio

by Chris Gardner

A Beautiful, Well-Organized, Small Business Office and Studio

Le Papier Studio makes modern and elegant silhouette creations, and recently, owner Vana Chupp upgraded from working at home to a brand new studio and office space. And from the looks of it, she totally nailed it.

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Bright, airy, well-organization, and seemingly incredibly functional. "Everything has it's space which make the studio look fairly organized most of the time (something I've always struggled with working from home).  You might remember my original posts, here and here about my home office? Aaron custom built my work area - which I love - but as the business kept growing, so did the need for more space. I never thought I would enjoy so much working outside the home - but so far, this has proven to be the best decision I ever made. Not only am I super productive during the time I am in the studio, but I get to BE with my family when I am home."

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How To: Bungee Cord Memo Board

by Chris Gardner

How To: Bungee Cord Memo Board

I've always been jealous of the flexibility of the french memo board - you can organize paper without poking holes, and include other items among the ribbons that can't normally be supported by cork boards or magnets.

But, they do have a particular aesthetic, and one that doesn't much work for my home office...or the fact that I'm a guy. But this bungee-cord take certainly solves that problem, doesn't it? It's sculptural, interesting, and...

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How to Turn a Closet into an Office

by DIY Maven

How to Turn a Closet into an Office

Got a closet? Need a home office? No worries. With some advice from Country Living you can transform a closet--like the one pictured above--into a home office--like the one pictured below.

      

Advice from the pros:

  • Your new desk can be nothing more than a couple of standard filing cabinets (shot with Krylon) with wheeled stands attached to their bottoms for easy moving. 
  • The desk's top? A chunk of melamine.
  • When...

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8 Ways to Get Organized in 5 Minutes.

by Chris Gardner

You know all those little things that you see need done, but whiz by simply don't have the time to accomplish them?

8 Ways to Get Organized in 5 Minutes.

Unfortunately, they actually make your life slower and less productive, which is something for which we definately don't have time. Dumb Little Man states, "If we don’t know what we’ve got, where it is, and how to find it, we run into serious problems, lowered productivity and raised stress levels." So, check out their eight tips to...

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The Study Bed

by DIY Maven

Study Beds allow you to turn any extra bedroom into a study and back into a bedroom in seconds. What's especially clever about the design is nothing on the desk's surface has to be moved or even disrupted when it lowers and reveals the flip down bed. Available in single and double models. Now for the downside....looks like they're only available in the UK, and they're not inexpensive either.

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How To: Cereal Box Storage Bins.

by Chris Gardner

Rachel had some fabric, and needed a project. Rachel eats cereal, and needed a reuse for the boxes. Get where she's going with this...?

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"I decided that some funky, colorful storage bins were just the ticket. I really wanted these bins to be as “green” as I could make them, so I brainstormed with my fellow urban-nesters, as we often do, to find a way to construct these by repurposing something from around the house. We came up with cereal box...

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Pottery-Barn-Look Office For Less!

by DIY Maven

Decor Pad points out that Pottery Barn's Bedford Modular Desk Set can be acheived by almost half the cost by shopping J.C. Penney. The Pottery Barn version is pictured above and the new J.C. Penney version below. Each look contains the same elements, which are listed below along with their prices. To get the discounted J.C. Penney prices you can get 4% back at Ebates.com and a 15% off coupon via coupon code APRSURV9.

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Free, Printable Mini File Folders.

by Chris Gardner

WHO CARES what you'd use 'em for? They're adorable!

Free, Printable Mini File Folders.

Whisker Graphics offers these FREE, download, print, and cut miniature file folders. Coming in at 4.75 x 7", you could use 'em for any of these recommended purposes:

- Store recipes from magazines
- Print a out and give as gifts
- Keep one in your purse to wrangle receipts
- An invite's handsome carrying case. (They fit nicely in a A7 envelope.)
- Put photos in them to give to family and...

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How To: Phone Book Desk Organizer.

by Chris Gardner

You'd think they'd figure it out by now...but no, updated phone books still land on your porch, often in pairs, every few months.

So, instead of immediately tossing them in the recycle bin, since you're obviously not an idiot and have discovered online tools that are far superior, make something useful....

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Chica and Jo offer this use: a desk organizer for office supplies.

Materials

  • 1 phone book (in good shape)
  • sharp utility knife
  • ...

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9 Ways To Create A Creative Space

by Lilybee

created on: 01/16/09

If this time of year gives you an organisational/creative kick in the pants you could do a lot worse than start with Amy Shearn's 9 great tips for making a creative space. 

1. Choose a Space - ('choose'might be a bit of a stretch for those of us who are still apartment dwellers.) but finding a nook and designating it is a good idea.

2. consult the masters - she's talking feng shui not something creepy.

3. go on border patrol - meaning define your space with a screen or even just a rug

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Clever Storage: Use Empty Prescription Bottles for Small Supplies.

by Chris Gardner

Clever Storage: Use Empty Prescription Bottles for Small Supplies.

From needles and pins to x-acto knife blades to guitar picks, those little things that are essential to our hobbies, crafts, and projects are often the hardest to store, or worse, the hardest to find. So Julie Kundhi came up with this clever reuse - prescription or medication bottles with child safety features. And, to cover that awful pharmacy sienna or the generic pharmacy painkiller label, she provides this charming how-to to make them match...

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DIY Keyboard Thumbtacks.

by Chris Gardner

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Instructable-r NoahW has got it right: "keyboard keys + push pins = awesome keyboard thumb tacks!"

Just grab an old QWERTY keyboard (on sale en masse at your local thrift store) and cut away the excess plastic, then drill out a cozy space for your pushpin, and hot glue it in.

Check out the full how-to here.

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