For my new studio in our new basement, I needed a bigger desk. For a few weeks I was considering systems like the Bedford Collection from Pottery Barn but when I started to add it all up, it was going to be over $1,000, possibly closer to $2,000 considering the lengh of desk that I needed/wanted. Ouch! I didn't want to break the bank for the desk, however, I also didn't want to sacrifice style, or function. Instead of multiple digits for this size of a desk, it worked out to be $300.00.
Instead of drawers, I added Ikea baskets that fit perfectly. In each basket, "like items" are sorted together. Right beside my chair is a little basket with pens and pencils. Other baskets hold paint chip decks, camera cords, and items that I need on a regular basis.
The Ikea base unit serves as awesome storage for all of that computer stuff I wanted to keep off my desk. It holds my CPU unit, my subwoofer, battery backup...all the stuff that you need, but don't want to see. I put the top shelf higher on this unit, allowing room for the CPU unit, but the top shelf holds my graphic tablet and scanner, that I pull out when I need to use it.
Aubrey and Lindsay documented the whole process, from cutting, sanding, staining, up till they secured all their cables/wires underneath and behind the desk over at their blog for those of you who want to follow in their DIY footsteps.
Thanks for sharing, Aubrey and Lindsay!