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Build a Custom and Stylish Cable-Hiding Desk on the Cheap

If you’re looking to upgrade your desk without spending a lot of money but gaining cool features like hidden cable channels, this guide can help you craft a custom desk on the cheap.

At The Cheap Geek they share a detailed guide to building your own custom desk without spending a lot of money. You’ll need to be handy with some basic shop tools and willing to get dirty but the end result is worth it. Their finished desk is light, includes hidden under-desk and in-leg cable hiding channels, and cost them around $130. Watch the video below to take a tour of the hidden spaces in the desk:

For additional pictures and instructions hit up the link below.

Designing and Building a New Desk [The Cheap Geek via Lifehacker]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 05/17/11

Comments (11)

  1. topher

    Nice, but sadly wouldn’t work for me. With a monitor, scanner, printer, speakers, Fax, lamp, it looks like C3PO blew up under my desk.

  2. Richard

    One other alternative is this cable tidy which you screw to the underside of your desk and dump all your cables in there:

    http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/30200253

    Available for a very reasonable price at your local Ikea.

  3. Hatryst

    Only for an iMac. Obviously, this desk is customized for the user’s needs…

  4. Jon

    Nice desk you got there.

  5. Kim

    Looks great. However it looks like you have Power cables ‘under the carpet’ – going in to the table leg. I don’t consider this to be safe. Even if it ‘works ok’ for a long time, it’s a potential fire hazard…..
    Kind Regards
    Kim

  6. akbozo

    i really like the way you have the picture of you and your wife turned, so you don’t nave to look at it.

  7. akbozo

    i really like the way you have the picture of you and your wife turned, so you don’t have to look at it.

  8. ADWheeler Photography

    Is this an example of 720p on an Iphone? That hurt.

  9. Thomas

    @topher – I totally feel your pain. Mine reminds me of all the cables underneath the control panel of the Tardis though. That being said, I really like this desk. The builder did a very good job.

  10. Justifyer

    yeah, the video’s quality is bad.. even in hd..

  11. Stephanie Grey

    @re: Nice, but sadly wouldn’t work for me. With a monitor, scanner, printer, speakers, Fax, lamp, it looks like C3PO blew up under my desk.

    Monitor cables isn’t big. Scanner-, printer, and speaker cables isn’t that thick. Basically, any work-desk wider then 6-7 inches can hide your wires easily if you have enough wire and another location to hide that c3po.

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