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Easy DIY ideas for a home office

Whether it's a place to sit when you do your monthly accounts or a small home office, you want to set up a spot that you can claim as yours.


We put together a selection of ideas for a practical home office space that looks good and is also an easy do-it-yourself option if you want to save yourself some money and design your own home office or workspace.

Even a small corner can be beautiful and organised. You can use pieces of PAR pine from your local Builders Warehouse to make a wall-mounted desk that allows enough space for your laptop or tablet, and also a wall-mounted storage board for containing essential office supplies.

Make the storage board using 12mm supawood so that you can spray paint in your choice of colour with Rust-Oleum 2X and then glue or screw on some storage containers or shelves.

If you have attended a DIY Divas Basic Welding Workshop you already have the skills to use steel square tube to make a frame for a basic desk with laminated pine top. If you haven't attended a welding workshop - ask a friend who does to make it for you!





You can knock up a very stylish home office desk that will only cost a fraction of that to buy one, and you can stain and varnish the wood to suit your personal style.

Put a new spin on plain PAR pine used to make a block desk by spraying it with Rust-Oleum Universal in silver metallic. You will find 69 x 69mm or 94 x 94mm PAR pine in lengths of 1800mm at your local Builders Warehouse. Top this off with a piece of laminated pine sanded ultra smooth with a random orbit sander and 240-grit sanding pads before spraying. Or spray in a satin or gloss white with Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint.

Use 44 x 44mm PAR pine to make a basic frame desk like this one found on Houzz. Stain the raw pine using Woodoc gel stain or apply Plascon high gloss varnish in your choice of tint.


If your office is tucked away in a small corner, you can make a corner desk using laminated pine and some steel brackets. You will find both at your local Builders Warehouse. Keep it natural by applying antique wax rather than stain or varnish.

Probably one of the easiest and most affordable ways to add a home office workspace is to use a Formica LifeSeal countertop. These are available in a variety of styles, and at a cost of around R500 upwards for a 3.6 metre length, this is definitely an inexpensive option if you need a long worktop.

One man's junk can definitely be treasure if you are looking to create a homey and rustic place to set yourself down. Something as simple as an old door and a couple of trestles make for a handy home office desk and definitely won't break the bank if you shop around for bargains.


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