DIY minimal desk tidy

how to make a simple letter rack

i'm a sucker for a clean desk but as much as i try i find bills and paperwork still sneaking their way back. i want them close to hand but i also want them tidy so when i get round to going through them i've not lost that all important receipt or appointment card!

i always keep my wood offcuts when i'm working on DIY's- you never know when they may come in handy for propping up furniture or testing out power tools! turns out they're quite handy for making a desk tidy or letter rack- who'd have thought it?

all you need for this DIY is plywood (i used offcuts but you can cut yours from a sheet of ply) and some wood glue. easy peasy!

wooden desk tutorial

here's how i made my letter rack!

1. cut a thin rectangle of plywood or balsa wood to use as a base (mine measures 7 x 14cm.)

2. cut two wooden triangles (mine are 14cm across the bottom and 7cm high.) 

3. apply wood glue along the bottom/base of the triangles and glue them onto the rectangle base as shown in the image above.

4. leave to dry then stuff all your miscellaneous paperwork in- hurrah!

easy desk tidy tutorial
DIY | triangle desk tidy

i'm pretty happy with it- hope you like!

back soon

caroline x 


  1. This is so lovely, the perfect little desk tidy!

  2. This is so cute and so easy! I absolutely love your ideas I think they're so chic and creative!



    1. you totally made me blush then haha! thanks so much josie :)

  3. So cute and simple! It shows you don't need money to make things and the amount we go out and buy we can actually make ourselves.

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    1. makes me so happy to hear that- i totally agree!! :)

  4. This is the most stylish piece of wood I have ever seen! love it :)

    xx Cecil //

  5. I really like this little desk 'organiser'. It looks really nice.


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  6. Great project ! Thanks for sharing

  7. Looove this simple idea x

    Millie x

  8. So cute, so simple, so useful - love it

    - Natalie

  9. Oh, I loved this! And I'm definitely in need of something similar on my desk (asap!). 😍

  10. Its so hard to keep things minimalistic when I'm constantly using my desk space as storage space haha. Love the neutral theme though x

  11. It looks really handy to have on a desk. I know exactly what you mean with all the "clutter" papers everywhere.



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