Daniel's Narrow, Compact, and Effective Workstation

Daniel's Narrow, Compact, and Effective Workstation

Range Govindan
Nov 8, 2010

When you're limited in space, and can't have that gigantic desk that you love so much in your new place, or simply want to set up an effective secondary workstation, for the kids, the family, or your significant other, then you need to be mindful so that it doesn't end up being too narrow. Daniel has definitely found one of the best ways of putting up a narrow workstation.

Daniel's workstation is a testament to efficiency. It's extremely compact and somewhat narrow, but large enough for someone to work at it for hours at a time. The main component of his workstation is a desk from Argos that he got for £50 ($81 USD). The desk has since been discontinued, but you can find similar desks at IKEA and other furniture stores. They aren't rare and they are pretty popular, since a lot of people have limited space to set up a home office.

You'd expect a workstation like this to use LEDs as backlighting, but Daniel has opted to use a simple fluorescent tube, which does the job very well since the screen of the iMac is big enough to shield the bulb completely while he's working.

His computer is a 20-inch Apple iMac. He doesn't have a big hard drive on his iMac, 250GB, but he's got three Western Digital MyBooks, one for Time Machine (640GB), one for iTunes (1TB), and one for iPhoto (320 GB). It's smart idea to actually split these directories over different physical hard drives. This means when one fails, you don't lose everything. The only way to ensure that you don't lose anything at all, would be to use an enclosure with a RAID card, like a Drobo. His last external hard drive is a Western Digital MyPassport Red that reserved for backups and actually stored off site. We can see that Daniel takes preserving his data seriously.

Underneath, he's got an external DVD drive and a Canon MP540 Printer/Scanner. They are all neatly tucked away in the shelving under the desk. He uses a Magic Mouse and a Apple Wireless keyboard. His latest addition to his desk is his 32GB iPod Touch.

All in all, we really like this workstation. In fact, we'll probably have to set up a similar workstation in our next place, as we'll be working with limited space for our home office. This workstation wouldn't look out of place in corner in the living room.

[all photos by Daniel Moore]

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