31 DIY desk accessories for work (work work work work)
minimalist, chic, and totally cute DIY decor for your workspace.
Published Jul 12, 2016 6:00 AM
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wood desk organizers
These minimalist, black and white desk organizers are perfect for a neutral or Scandinavian-inspired space.
rolling to-do list
No desk space for a notebook? Meet the rolling to-do list. Easy to tear and go or check visually throughout your day.
succulent and supply holder bookends
This DIY is a true four-in-one project. You get a teeny, tiny planter for your air plants, holders for your pens, a corkboard exterior for notes and photos, and oh yeah, they’re bookends, too!
plywood desk organizer
Because we need more than just a cup holder for our pens. Learn how to make this multifunctional, leaning organizer for all your miscellaneous desk needs.
It’s no secret we love hacking IKEA products, and this color blocked, primary-colored, modern desk is no different. Adapt the color palette to fit your home office or bedroom and wait for the compliments to pour in.
chalkboard tape wall calendar
Create your own wall art-meets-oversized calendar with chalkboard tape. Cute cut sticky notes can help you stay even more organized and create more visual interest within your calendar.
minimalist memo board
Keeping inspiration close to your desk is basically a necessity. Use this easy memo DIY to add to your black and white aesthetic while also organizing and displaying your photos, notes, and other inspiring trinkets, like paint or fabric swatches.
raw crystal magnets
Make use of any magnetic surfaces you might have (like a file cabinet!) with these DIY crystal magnets. They’re beyond perfect for a boho-inspired space.
Like magic. Keep your books straight without the help of bookends (however stylish they may be) for a more minimalist #shelfie.
Because chances are, your desk needs some more pizazz. Good news, there’s nothing a handful of glitter (or two) can’t solve.
mid-century desk wall unit
Use shelving units to create a customized wall of shelf and desk space. We promise, it’s easier than it looks.
taco letter holder
Have you EVER seen anything cuter than this taco letter holder? This is how we will be organizing our mail for the rest of eternity, thank you very much.
thrift store chair makeover
Your desk chair is important. Make sure it is comfortable (always a number one priority) and stylish (a very close second). Learn how to reupholster and paint a thrifted chair for a more colorful space!
clay desktop paper holder
Stack your papers without filing them away with the help of this cute DIY. All you need is some oven bake clay, glue, and paint.
ombré gallery wall
These days, you have endless options when it comes to arranging your
You can lean your frames against a ledge, add 3D objects, or forgo a gallery wall altogether in favor of oversized art. Now we’re adding one more to the list: the ombré gallery wall, that surprise, surprise, looks perfect in an office setting.
Make your own flip calendar with gift tags, gold letters, and watercolor (for the ombré effect, obvi).
Don’t let your standing desk dreams fall to the wayside. Make them a reality with this easy hack that gives you the option of transforming your regular desk into a standing desk in the matter of seconds.
washi tape inspiration
What inspires you changes with the season (and even your mood!). Use the space above your desk to tape whatever is making your creative juices flow—and change it whenever you please.
hexagon cork memo board
Hang your hexagon memo boards and pin your inspiration across your gallery wall. Use various metallic chains to create a mixed metal office and spraypaint the corner of your boards with whatever hue works best in your color palette.
wire wall organizer
Use hooks, paper clips, or tape to hang all of your must-have desk accessories from this wire grid that you can pick up at any nearby hardware store.
This might be the coolest office decor, like ever. Even if you decide to simply make your initials, the results of your final project will be seriously impressive.
retro desk overhaul
You won’t believe what this desk looked like before Mandi of Vintage Revivals got her hands on it. Lucky for you, this DIY was a one-step process. Technically, all your need to do is add spray paint.
vintage file cabinet with mid-century legs
You can add new legs to almost anything—even things that don’t technically need legs! That includes your file cabinets and side tables, like this vintage one you see here.
This DIY is super easy—you literally print, frame, and you’re done! Add this free, printable typography art to your deskscape for an instantly chic vibe.
Using leaning clipboards to display notes and inspiration—instead of relying on a larger memo board—is a brilliant idea. Leave them plain if you prefer a more minimal look, or paint them for a more vibrant feel.
metal cart refresh
Having a cart in your home office is a luxury everyone should have. Whether you use it for extra storage or save it for accompanying you when sitting in your comfy accent chair, it will serve you well.
Not everyone has the patience to keep a real plant alive and thriving, though there are tons of health benefits to keeping plants in your workspace. Give this paper craft a try for added greenery and less caretaking.
No desk is complete without a small dish to hold loose items like paper clips, hair ties, or even your keys. This confetti craft is sure to add some color—and happiness—to your deskspace.
craigslist desk update
Let this Craigslist makeover remind you there’s value in finding special—and really, really old—pieces of furniture and turning them into something you’ll use and love forever.
cork board desk organizer
This desk organizer DIY is easier than it looks, which is good news because it looks professionally built!
Create a concrete top for your desk to add a minimal, industrial feel to your office space.