Before, a regular old desk.What You'll Need: 1. FLOR tiles 2. Measuring tape 3. Marker/Sharpie 4. Stanley Carpet knife tool (or any other carpet knife) 5. Cutting mat or an extra FLOR tile (extra FLOR tiles work well) Step-by-Step Instructions:
First, measure your desktop surface area to determine the correct amount of FLOR tiles needed for purchase. 1 layer of tiles on my desk came to about 4-5 tiles.
After measuring, use a Sharpie to mark (on the rubber side/bottom) any tiles that hang over your desktop. Use a Stanley carpet knife for triming your FLOR tiles. A cutting mat or a spare FLOR tile can be used for a safe cutting surface.
If you want to create a cut-out look with inlets for your laptop and keyboard, 2 layers of FLOR tiles should be used. Also, for audiophiles or those wanting to reduce sound reflections off hard surfaces (like your bare desktop), 2 layers of tiles are recommended.
This inlet was created by carefully measuring and cutting out the area for my keyboard and trackpad.
Now you have a felt dektop surface with clean recessed inlets for your laptop, wireless keyboard and trackpad. Using 4 rubber feet to raise your laptop off the felt will ensure that air circulates around your computer. If you need to do hand writing on your desktop, a writing pad will give you the hardness needed for pressing down with a pen or pencil.
Remember that FLOR tiles come in all kinds of colors and materials. I chose the felt for its sound absorption qualities, but you may want to pick different tiles. Which tiles would you use to transform your desktop? (Images: Vahan Baladouni)