How to Make a Standing Height Desk

by Abigale Pelletier

Pieces built by small local lumbar yard. You assemble & paint. It's that easy!


  • 2 Custom made sawhorses.
  • 1 sheet of plywood 3ftx5ft
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood filler
  • Maple Wood stain
  • Rags
  • Drop cloth
  • Paint
  • Tape Measure
  • Kids willing to paint
  • Friendly watchful cat
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Finished Standing Height Desk

    Step 2

    Choose a thick piece of plywood. This one was from the "junk pile" at Foggs hardware. Ask to have it cut to whatever measurement you want. Mine is 3ft x 5ft . Cost $15.

    Step 3

    Ask local hardware/building supply store to build two sawhorses (38 inches - 40 inch depending on your height) Or measure a standing table height that is comfortable for you. Cost was $30

    Step 4

    Staining and painting. Get your supplies ready. Follow paint/stain can directions for application and clean up.

    Step 5

    Use wood filler on sawhorse screw holes. Sand & wipe clean both sawhorses and the sheet of plywood.

    Step 6

    Maple stain. 3 coats. Both sides. Of course let each side dry first. You could use a different color on each side.

    Step 7

    Paint the sawhorses. I used an interior latex paint. No primer. Note the drop cloth. Sawhorses elevated off ground with pallet.

    Step 8

    "May" the cat supervising the painting.

    Step 9

    A little help. Painting time: 3 hours minus the 30 minutes of donated teen time.

    Step 10


    Step 11


    Step 12

    Desk is ready for the @rmsnurse health office. Perfect height for me but if you're 6ft tall like this kid, you'll needs a taller desk. 🔨 Total cost $54.