I need a desk

A home computer desk that can handle twin 24" widescreen monitors and 5.1 surround speakers (subwoofer on the floor) if there is a spot for a tower PC, and wheels would be awesome.

Space is not an issue.

Does it have to be a desk?

Does it have to be a desk?

Rofol a first post Tannhauser, well done Tagg.

No it doesn't have to be a desk i will accept creative solutions.

I need a new desk
One that won't make me strain
One that won't make me reach too high
Or make me feel like it's too plain

I want a new desk
One that won't hurt my knees
One that won't make moving too hard
Or make me quit PCs

One that won't make me nervous
Wonderin' what to do
One that fits my screens plus all my speakers too
With a good field of view

I'm not changing it.

In before "Is space an issue?"

Spoiler:

Face it, goodjers: that meme is played-out.

Minarchist wrote:

In before "Is space an issue?"

Spoiler:

Face it, goodjers: that meme is played-out.

*cough*

Cayne wrote:

Space is not an issue.

If you have one locally, and don't mind doing some work, a "nude furniture" store is a great way to buy things like desks. You have to sand and finish the desk yourself, but you can get nice quality furniture for much, much less than you'd pay for a finished piece.

Tagging for interest. Now that I have a house, rather than a dinky little apartment, I really want a desk that doesn't have folding legs.

I had been down the manufactured desk many times and none of them ever worked out. I currently have 2 24" monitors w/ a 30" in between them and nothing on the market ever fit my needs.

What I ended up doing was buying 2 Hon File Cabinets and an unfinished Solid Core door.

If you got the space, the tools and the patience, you can sand it, finish it in any color you want and put window trim on the edges and have the best desk you could possibly ever want. Just put the 2 cabinets on each end and lay the slab on top. Solid core is heavy enough that unless you actually run into it it wont fall over (I ended up screwing 2 short wood screws through the top of each cabinet into the door just in case).

One of the best idea's I've ever had in home furnishing

PAR

I did something similar to par, except I built one table with 4 legs, then one with two legs and a file cabinet on the end and arranged them to make an L desk. I also used 3/4 inch plywood. It's thick enough that supporting it isn't an issue. You can use 2x2 or smaller lumber to build a frame that surrounds the top of the cabinet so the desk won't slide on top of it.

It only took two weeks of sanding and staining, and polyurethaning it to make it look nice.

I wanted something that looked a bit more "furniture-ish" because my desk is in my main room of the house. So I got a corner desk from Pottery Barn, and have been pretty happy. I even added another small desk out of that set to make it a U shaped setup when I started working at home full time. I have my laptop and a 24" monitor on the small desk, then on the main desk I have my two 25.5" monitors.

For my two 25.5" monitors, I got a couple of desk clamp monitor mounting arms. With 24s, you might be able to mount them with a single mount for dual monitors, but I couldn't find a single that supported above 24" pairs.

For the pieces under the desk you have several things you can chose from, from shelves, to two drawer file cabinets, to a CPU cabinet.

Wallmart designs

I was looking at this as maybe a cheap solution that at least looks decent, but nothing for certain yet. I do like the DIY solutions but i need more power tools before i commit to that

and space being an issue is never played out as a meme, it's a GWJ'er classic!

This is what I've got (or something very similar-- definitely Ikea, though). I've owned two in the last 5 years, and the only reason I got rid of the first one was because my old roommate needed a desk and he was strapped for cash at the time that I moved out. So my current desk is the same size, only black instead of a walnut color, and I got it for like $50 off Craigslist. I actually got both of them off Craigslist for cheap, now that I think of it. This thing is super solid, and has enough room for my mid-tower case, 28" monitor with speakers on either side, mouse, keyboard, printer/scanner stack, and 6x8 Wacom tablet. If you don't need the printer on the desk as well, you could easily fit two 24" LCDs and then some.

+1 on the Craigslist recommendation. You can get good stuff for pennies on the dollar. A few months back I was looking for a good corner desk and found a commercial furniture business that was selling off used items from their warehouse. Snagged an awesome heavy-duty corner desk (sealed particle wood and steel) for $250.

If you want an all metal desk, this might fit the bill. As far as new desks go, I'm not sure they come much cheaper than $150 for something that won't wobble.

IKEA has some inexpensive wood options but I think they might require extra bracing.

Man there is a ton of stuff on Craigs list, thankfully i don't need to make a decision just this second. How do you parse through all the BS on there and find the good stuff.

Malor wrote:

If you have one locally, and don't mind doing some work, a "nude furniture" store is a great way to buy things like desks. You have to sand and finish the desk yourself, but you can get nice quality furniture for much, much less than you'd pay for a finished piece.

IT's called the unfinished furniture store where I live. We got our night stands there. It's great because we got a light colored hardwood and got to finish it any way we wanted, which was 3 coats of clear polyurethane for me. We ended up there because everything else was dark or 2-3x as expensive and made out of laminate, as opposed to the solid wood we got.

WipEout wrote:

This is what I've got (or something very similar-- definitely Ikea, though). I've owned two in the last 5 years, and the only reason I got rid of the first one was because my old roommate needed a desk and he was strapped for cash at the time that I moved out. So my current desk is the same size, only black instead of a walnut color, and I got it for like $50 off Craigslist. I actually got both of them off Craigslist for cheap, now that I think of it. This thing is super solid, and has enough room for my mid-tower case, 28" monitor with speakers on either side, mouse, keyboard, printer/scanner stack, and 6x8 Wacom tablet. If you don't need the printer on the desk as well, you could easily fit two 24" LCDs and then some.

You can piece together something very functional from the Ikea Gallant. Its my home office desk. I have a right return corner worksurface with a 24x30 left return, and 40x30 right return.

The legs stay out of the way, and I actually use the computer hanger.

My only gripe as a tall guy is that the frames it sits on are tight against my legs with my knees bent 90 degrees and my thighs mostly parallel with the floor. I can't use keyboard trays. I'd have to have the worksurface at 32-33in. at least.

My desk is more of a table - I used an Ikea countertop and steel legs to put one together. I stained the top and then mounted a powerstrip on the underside. It's super cheap ($60-70) and looks nice. I have my tower on the desk, a set of stereo speakers, 20" monitor, and my router. You could probably do two monitors instead.

The only fault with it is that it's not true anymore - without additional bracing it sags just a little in the middle. You can't tell without really checking for it, though. I think a lot of the DIY options might have the same issues.

It's called the unfinished furniture store where I live.

Yeah, you can get awesome furniture that way. Takes some work, but if you lay in a decent orbital sander, it's really not that hard. You'll spend maybe another ten or twenty bucks in sandpaper and your stain and/or finish, and you'll end up with a piece of true solid wood furniture that will look EXACTLY how you want it to look.

Oh, and if you can find one on Craigslist or something similar, Steelcase desks are some of the best made. They are VERY expensive new, but used office furniture is usually tremendously cheaper. You can get $2000 desks for three or four hundred dollars. They last FOREVER and are extremely well-designed.

Malor wrote:
It's called the unfinished furniture store where I live.

Yeah, you can get awesome furniture that way. Takes some work, but if you lay in a decent orbital sander, it's really not that hard. You'll spend maybe another ten or twenty bucks in sandpaper and your stain and/or finish, and you'll end up with a piece of true solid wood furniture that will look EXACTLY how you want it to look.

I envy you handy guys. I would probably end up losing a finger, if not my whole hand.

The desks at Ballard Designs are nice and I am considering getting one from the Southporte collection.

http://www.ballarddesigns.com/furnit...

I envy you handy guys.

Dude, I have trouble remembering which end of a screwdriver to hold. It's not hard to sand and finish. It really isn't. It's time consuming, but it's really easy.

whispa wrote:

The desks at Ballard Designs are nice and I am considering getting one from the Southporte collection.

http://www.ballarddesigns.com/furnit...

That has that same basic look as the one I posted that I have from PB above. I like that style.

If you know what kind of desk you really like, i.e. many drawers or no drawers, raised or not, etc, I found it was worthwhile to find a place that straight-up makes desks and buy from them. Because of this my desk perfectly fits the spot in my apartment I want it to go, fits my work style, is the right color to go with the rest of my furniture, and is a nice solid piece that'll last me a few years.

The unfinished furniture store sounds a lot like what I went to, except they sanded/stained it themselves and delivered it (to a fifth floor apartment) so I payed a little bit extra.

Nothing like having something that really fits how you work though.

Lifehacker.com also has a ton of home office posts where people show what they've done. Some pretty cool custom stuff there, and some nice ideas.

If you don't mind a little work, you can make your own desk out of a countertop from IKEA or other place that sells countertops.