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Why design a custom desk?

Why can’t a desk be a custom desk? The place where you spend so much of your day should be an inspiring object in and of itself that you have control over.

paul-in-spotty-shirtWelcome to the website. I’m Paul Burke, the Designer at Designedinply.co.uk. We are your custom desk makers!

I want to share with you some of the thoughts I had that led me to design and make my first custom desk and what you should consider when deciding on your own that we can make for you.

You will have you own reasons of course but I wanted a custom desk because I was tired of making do with desks that were some combination of…

  • Too small for my stuff
  • Too big for my room
  • Badly made and wobbly
  • Too ugly
  • Said nothing about me
  • Too expensive

There must be a better way…

Make Custom Desks: The Reasons

We can spend hours at desks that cause us anything from minor irritation at the colour, to all out rage when a binder falls off the edge. I  worked from home for many years on an inherited desk for the spare room. It was great. Kind of. Really wide and I could fit two computers and four monitors on it no problem. But I could hardly squeeze passed my chair to get to the far side of the room. The desk was too deep. So I made my own ‘workbench’ very roughly from some cheap plywood and Ikea desk legs. Just what I needed – wide and narrow. It was fine for a while but it was 100% function, 0% beauty and I got tired of looking it. Why can’t a desk, the place where you spend so much of your day be an inspiring object in and of itself?

Eventually I found a way to address all the problems in the list above, and not only for myself but for just about anyone who wants a custom desk. The MYO system is so simple and flexible that this desk is truly multipurpose. Designed in Ply now has a workshop, helpline and processes in place that strike each problem off that list for you. let’s take them one at a time:

I need a custom desk becasue my desk is too small for my stuff.

Traditionally suppliers tell you the size of ‘their’ desk is and you have to make it fit. We’ve turned that around. The MYO is your desk. Tell us what size you need, make it big enough for all your stuff, but don’t make it…

Too Big for your room.

See above.  No more squeezing by – you can match our custom desks to the depth of the alcove, the width of the window, the span of the wall that lets you fit the filing cabinet in perfectly next to the door, the exact gap in the hallway… you get the idea.

Badly made & wobbly.

We make our custom desks from furniture grade plywood. Not to be confused in any way with what you get at a local DIY store. The Birch through and through ply is a solid 18mm thick, has 13 layers, is FSC sourced and is stored correctly to prevent warping. The ply is then cut on our table saws to the millimetre using your measurements and our formula to ensure all the joints of your custom desk are square and strong.

Too Ugly? Dealt with that too.


Says Nothing about Me

Of course I think it’s beautiful, I designed it, but the point is YOU can personalise it further. Not just the dimensions, but the MYO is available in a range of finishes from us or BLANK so you can apply yourself to it. In fact, there will be a competition along these lines very soon!

Too Expensive

We have worked hard with suppliers, costings and projections to bring you a superbly designed and made product and we have done it at a very competitive price. We invite you to waste your time looking around your local department store or furniture warehouse to see if you can meet all the requirements on the list near the top of the page for the prices and quality we offer.


Made to Measure Custom Desk

The point is that what any one person requires for a desk may be different for another. By designing our desks as a flexible item and building a process around it that allows for custom desks to be made quickly (yet carefully) we can meet YOUR requirements.

We can even supply coloured tops using EGGER laminates (or your preferred supplier).

If you want to style decorate or finish your MYO yourself, that’s great, we love that. If not we can customise your desk further, pretty much any way you like – height, materials, multiple orders, branded desks, L-shapes, T-shapes…. contact us if you have some ideas. I’ll be reading your email or taking your call at my own custom desk.

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