Before and after: this DIY fluted desk costs less than £100

A savvy upcycler shares her on-trend hack for recreating a fluted desk

home office with a DIY desk with fluted legs and a pink desk chair and pampas grass
(Image credit: @lustliving)

As more of us than ever before are working from home, we’re carving out mini home offices left right and centre, but we don’t necessarily want to spend a fortune on them. 

Fluted shapes and curved edges are having a moment in the interiors sphere, so this genius DIY desk idea by Olivia Edwards-Silk (@lustliving) grabbed our attention.

This seriously chic, on-trend desk has a high-end look, but it’ll set you back less than £100! We’ve chatted to Olivia to share how she created this home office set-up of dreams.

Before

before shot of desk legs

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You'll need-

  • Table top
  • Heavy duty cardboard tubes or duct pipe (pictured)
  • Moulding strips (pictured)
  • Tape measure
  • Gorilla glue/ wood glue
  • Saw
  • Nail gun
  • Paint
  • Six angled brackets or corner brackets
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper

wooden moudling strips for a DIY project

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What to do: 

1 Take two heavy-duty cardboard tubes, with lids on the bottom, and cut to your perfect desk height. These are the legs.

2 Get enough moulding strips to cover the circumference of both tubes. Cut to the same length as the tubes.

3 Use a spirit level and attach the first moulding with wood glue and a
nail gun for extra security.

4 Repeat this until the two tubes are covered all the way around.

5 Tie string around each leg to keep in place and allow to dry overnight.

6 Fill any imperfections with wood filler and sand them down.

7 Paint in your colour of choice. Olivia used an eggshell paint so she can wipe the legs clean.

8 Secure three brackets/ braces to the inside of each leg, evenly spaced.

9 Fill the legs at least a third full of sand for a sturdy, less top-heavy desk.

10 Secure the tops of the brackets to the underside of the table top.

After

DIY desk with fluted legs and a pink desk chair

(Image credit: @lustliving)

home office with a DIY desk with fluted legs and a pink desk chair and pampas grass

(Image credit: @lustliving)
Amelia Smith
Amelia Smith

Amelia has worked on Real Homes magazine since 2016 and is now Deputy Style Editor. She takes style inspiration from her city breaks and is on a mission to be bolder with print and colour.