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DIY Fold-Away Desk from 2x4s

Make this easy fold-away desk to give you an extra workspace whenever you need it.

If you are finding yourself in need of more work spaces in your home, today’s DIY is perfect for you! I partnered with Kreg Tools and their project plan site, BuildSomething.com, to share this simple fold-away desk.

We are using our new folding desk for a computer desk while we are between houses. It is much better than the plastic folding table we have been using!

Blue and white desk made from 2x4s sitting in the loft area with a laptop on it.

But this table doesn’t only work for an office. It would make a wonderful craft table too!

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If you are crafting out of a closet, this table would be the perfect workspace. You could open your closet and set up your craft table in minutes, but easily store it back in the closet when not in use.

2×4 Desk Base

I wanted to keep this folding desk build easy, but still sturdy. It was the perfect job for 2x4s.

Using 2x4s also makes the DIY folding desk inexpensive. The wood for the build cost me only $30. It would also be a great build to use up scraps of 2x4s you may have lying around.

Blue and white DIY folding desk with a laptop and plant on top of it.

Plus, the legs go together so easy with the Kreg Jig. Just a few screws is all you need to make these sturdy desk legs.

And the angled design makes your desk look extra fancy, no one will realize it was so easy to do with just a miter saw!

Close-up view of the fold-away desk base made from 2x4s and stained navy blue.

Solid Wood Desk Top

The top of the fold-away desk is made from two 1×6 boards. These are also put together easily with just a miter saw and the Kreg Jig.

I love the beauty of an easy and inexpensive solid wood top. Our top was stained with a white stain. It give the desk top a clean look, but you can still see the grain of the wood peeking through.

Desk top made from 1x6 boards for the folding desk stained with white wood stain.

But if you happen to have a scrap of plywood, you could easily use it to make a quick flat table top!

If I was making my folding desk for a craft space, I would use a melamine covered board for the top. Or a piece of plywood covered in laminate countertop material.

They way you could easily wipe off glue and paint, keeping your craft table cleaner longer. And I know my craft table is always a mess!

Close-up of the top of the fold-away desk.

Folding Desk Base

But the best part of this desk, you can put it away when you don’t need it!

The desk top clicks off and the legs fold down easily. You can easily store it away in a closet, under a bed, or even behind a sofa.

The fold-away desk folded down and ready for storage.

And it only takes a quick couple minutes to open the legs back up and latch the top in place. Then you are ready to work (or create).

I found the hinges and latches needed to create the folding desk at my local Lowe’s, but found similar options for you online too! The base is held together with T-hinges (Amazon link) giving it a little extra strength and the top is held on with draw catches (Amazon link).

The hinges and latches cost me $30 making the cost of the desk $60 total. I had screws on-hand and used up leftover stain from these nesting plant stands.

Simple DIY desk that folds up to store away when not in use.

Fold-Away Desk Build Plans

If you are ready to build your own easy folding desk, I am sharing the building plans for free thanks to BuildSomething.com.

Click here for the complete build plans.

And for more DIY desk ideas, check out these other great projects:

Happy Building!

-Kati with picture of blog author Kati

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Saif

Friday 30th of October 2020

Can I get a plan for this folding desk so that I can try. I really like your design and would fit really well in the small space I have.

Many thanks

Kati

Wednesday 16th of December 2020

The plans are on the BuildSomething website. The link is at the bottom of the post.

Jose Borrero

Tuesday 8th of September 2020

With virtual learning looming your plans were a life saver. I was able to make 3 desks, affordably, with slight alterations. I used a single piece of sanded pine plywood for the top. Made a more farmhouse trestle style For the top boards. Lowered the bottom back board for more supports and finished it off with heavy duty magnetic catches instead of the gatehouse catches. Thanks you so much for the inspiration. I would love to share my pics if it’s possible. Jose (Philadelphia)

Kati

Friday 2nd of October 2020

I am so glad you were able to make the plans your own. Having the ability to fold them away when we don't need them anymore (or even for weekends) is so nice. Enjoy your new desks.

joe

Friday 11th of September 2020

Been given the task of building three desks with butcher block desk tops. However I am unable to find the draw latches displayed in the plans.

Bobbie

Thursday 3rd of September 2020

I’m thrilled to find this since I will need 3 learning/teaching spaces in my home this year! The only thing I couldn’t find were the measurements for the boards in the middle, connecting the legs? Am I missing it somewhere?

Kati

Tuesday 8th of September 2020

The measurements for all boards are listed under the cut list (there are tabs at the top of the instructions). Those are called Desk Back boards.

Pennie

Friday 14th of August 2020

How about a Kreg Jig giveaway? You post so many good ideas using one that are very inspirational. I would love to have one but I just can't afford the investment now!

Kati

Tuesday 1st of September 2020

That is a lovely idea. I will put it on my list to see if I can make it work.

Renee

Monday 4th of May 2020

What an excellent idea, this would make a great crafting table too. Useful yet when not in use not in the way.

Kati

Monday 11th of May 2020

Yes it would! So easy to put away and pull out when needed ;)

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