DIY Desk Makeover on a Budget

16 Projects to Make for Your Desk

By: Rebecca Gonner, Editor,
DIY Desk Makeover on a Budget
DIY Desk Makeover on a Budget
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You spend a lot of time in the place where you work, too much time for it to be a space you hate. Though decor and remodeling can be expensive, this DIY Desk Makeover on a Budget collection is here to help you transform your work space without breaking the bank. The key to any budget sensitive project is DIY. When you create your own desk accessories and DIY office decor you not only save money by avoiding the high price tags of store-bought items, you get a fun project that you can proudly display to your coworkers. Cut the labor costs and price ride-ups from stores and simply make your own DIY desk projects.

It's important to remember that there are a lot of ways to transform a work space. You can add DIY desk accessories, hang up DIY wall decor, or makeover the desk itself! Try one or a combination of these when you want your work space to feel brand new. Your work space can be a space you love. All you need to do is bring a little creativity and elbow grease. See more tips and projects below for great budget friendly ways to brighten your work space.

DIY Desk Organization

Simply getting organized can do so much to transform a space. If you have papers, writing utensils, and notes scattered across your desk then maybe you need some organization projects. Organization in your work space will help you be more focused and productive. So getting organized will make your work space both look and feel good!

Look below for our top DIY organization projects for your desk.

  1. This DIY Desk Organizer and Succulent Planter is a great way to brighten and organize a space simultaneously. Succulents are very low maintenance plants, and having some nature around always adds beauty and cheerfulness to a space.

  2. This Scrap Wood DIY Rustic Mod Tablet Holder will make your work life so much easier if you have a tablet around your workspace. This holder works for smart phones as well.

  3. This DIY Organization Board is great because it doesn't take any space from your desk. Just hang it up on a cubicle wall or office wall and use it to keep track of projects, meetings, fun quotes: anything you need or want to remember!

  4. These DIY Basket Shelves add a unique look to the wall over your desk while also adding valuable storage space. This is so easy, all you need are baskets or crates, and you drill them straight into the wall.

  5. This DIY Paper Organizer is the perfect home for all those important papers, notepads, and loose sheets laying around your desk! You'll be so glad for this organizer, you'll wonder how you managed without it before.

DIY Desk Accessories

If you've already got the organization down, but still want a new look for your work space, then you need some DIY desk accessories. Maybe they aren't the most functional, but adding a splash of color or a bit of nature to your desk can make the space feel so much more energized. And when you make your DIY decorations yourself you know it'll be unique.

Look below for our top DIY desk decoration ideas.

  1. This beautiful Framed Vertical Garden will look spectatular hanging above your desk. When you can't have an office with a window, you can at least frame a garden to see a bit of nature throughout your day.

  2. Try a Revamped Lamp Project for your desk. Overhead lights can be draining, so this desk lamp will be both pleasing to look at and create lovely lighting.

  3. This Trendy Upcycled Light Bulb Vase is perfect for anyone who's more of a flower person than a succulent person. These vases are decor all on their own, adding flowers just makes them more pretty. Plus, don't forget to take steps to make those flowers last as long as possible.

  4. Decorate your desk with this DIY Plaid Mason Jar. Who doesn't love a good mason jar project? You could use these jars to hold loose pens or small snacks.

  5. If you have your heart set on a succulent but want to keep it simple, then these DIY Balsa Wood Planters are perfect for you. This project is simple and you can spend more time decorating your planter than building it.

  6. Fill that empty wall space with beautiful, yet simple, DIY Geometric Wall Art. No art skills are required, so anyone can creat this lovely masterpiece. Your coworkers won't believe you made it yourself, or how easy it was.

DIY Desk Projects

Sometimes, what really needs to change is not what is on or around the desk, but the desk itself. Replacing a desk is expensive though; so instead, give it a makeover. Never underestimate the power of refinishing old furniture. Whether you give your desk a shiny new wood stain or a bright and cheery paint job, you'll be amazed at how effective your desk project will be.

Look below for our top DIY desk projects.

  1. Revamp your desk with this DIY Desk Makeover. A fun new paint job may be all you need to make your work space feel totally different.

  2. If paint just isn't your style, try this Balsamic Vinegar DIY Wood Stain. There's something very classy about the look of a simple wooden desk. Refinishing wood furniture gives it so much life and vitality; your desk will look brand new.

  3. Don't forget to give your office chair some love; try this Easy DIY Chair Upcycle. You can save big by simply giving a used or new (but affordable) office chair a fun paint job.

  4. If you prefer a chair with some cushion, then follow this How to Reupholster a Chair Seat tutorial. A simple upholstery project can totally change the style of a chair, and the feel of the space around it.

  5. Did you ever consider just changing your point of view—literally? This How to Make a Chair Taller tutorial will give you a boost so you can have a different perspective on life (or maybe just your desk).

What are your organizational tips for your desk?

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I always have a plant of some sort on my desk. It might be all in my head, but I feel like I'm more productive when I am surrounded by naturey things

OMG, the framed vertical garden! I also love the succulent planter; I think any amount of greenery you can add to a desk is great. It reminds you there is life outside of the office! Great ideas, Rebecca!


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