They may not win awards for style or be quite as elegant as store-bought versions, but the two ideas below sure are simple (and relatively cheap) to build as long as you have a plan and know what you want out of a corner-oriented work space. Shelving and a working surface should suffice, but even then there is more than one way to frame a do-it-yourself desk.

Designed by Cate of Los Angeles, this wrap-around system of Sears Kit Home shelves frames a cozy semi-enclosed desk while keeping all of your books, odds and ends readily at hand and making maximum use of a small space.

A graphic artist and patent illustrator by trade, Tom Geisler shows off raw functionality aesthetically-simple standing desk constructed from wooden IKEA butcher blocks. Hung from walls in one corner, the could of course be lowered as well for those who wish to sit instead.