The bummer of working at an office, other than the commute and the occasional annoying co-worker, is that it's hard to make your cubicle really feel like your
office space. Yes you can bring photos of family and personal tchotckes, but it's never truly going to feel like home. Plus, in this economy, office managers are going to give you the bare minimum to make a comfortable working set-up.
Take our friend Emily for example. She was working with her monitor propped up on a cardboard box for a year and a half until she decided to take matters into her own hands. At Ikea she bought at 31-inch Hensvik shelf
and 4-inch Capita legs
. For $20 she had a clean and simple monitor stand that lets her tuck peripherals underneath, and even accommodates her kitty tchotckes.