The famous Amazon Door Desk.
This is probably one of the easiest woodworking projects that we have ever featured at Woodwork City. In fact, I am not sure that I can call this a woodworking plan.
The Amazon door desk is an item that came about due to the frugal nature of the Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos. Bezos started Amazon in his garage space and used a simple door slab as his first desk. That tradition continues today and has spread to many other companies looking to emulate the startup culture of Amazon.
One company that utilizes the door desk is Twilio. Twilio is an amazing cloud telephony/communication platform. I heard an interview with the founder recently where he discussed the $5k quotes that his new company was getting for a conference room table. He hearkened back to his time at Amazon and decided to create a conference table in the door desk style. The total cost… $200. Not bad, a $4,800 savings that he could use to woo developers to his platform. The door desk conference table configuration even provides a center trough type section that allows for all of the cordage that is normally associated with a modern conference space. See the configuration below.
You could simplify the process of building a door desk by utilizing pre-fab legs. In fact, Ikea has some legs that are only $3.50 each, come in a variety of colors, and will attach in just a few minutes.
If you need some added strength for your door desk, add an apron around the outer edge and mount the legs inside. We mocked up a Sketchup plan for this design. Click on the image for the sketchup door desk plan.
If you are a startup company, take a cue from Amazon and save some money with your own version of the “door desk“.