Build It, Don’t Buy It: A Parson Tower Desk

So we built a desk…

I was growing tired of balancing my macbook on my lap while mindlessly watching tv, never truly focusing my attention on the work I was supposed to be doing. To rectify the issue, I came up with the idea to add a little workspace in the corner of our current guest room- a place where I could focus my attention on what I needed to do without distractions. Also, I had just gone on a Pinterest binge looking at cute home office spaces (I ended up creating a whole board for it here).

Through my pins I came across a great tutorial for a Parson Tower Desk at

The only difference between the desk we made and the tutorial I linked (aside from resizing the pieces to fit our space) is the top of the desk. In the tutorial from, it uses one large piece of plywood for the top, which is nice if you plan on painting the desk- which she did. However, because I was stuck on staining it with Minwax Classic Grey, I wanted the grain of the wood that I used for the top to have the good kind of character (not the kind of character reminiscent of a beer pong table). To achieve this without breaking the bank, we bought two 1×4 boards and turned them into four pieces (the length of each piece was 57 inches each, however that will differ depending on the size of desk you are making). We then connected those fours pieces by drilling pocket holes on the bottoms of the boards and Kreg screws.









And there you have it: a new desk! I plan to put the desk with the chair I most recently refurbished, and as far as adding all the pretty little desktop details, stay tuned! 🙂


**A big thank you to Kyle for helping build the desk and to my brother-in-law and sister-in-law for allowing us to use their garage for the project!












  1. You inspire me! I am going to arrange for the shipping of the blue credenza to you. I want to see how you make it beautiful and up to date!!

  2. Looks so good! I never would have thought of making a desk like that! I wish you were here in Van to help me make some furniture lol! Also I love the new site header. Very cute!

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