FLOR to Desktop: The DIY Soft Top Desk Project

Are you getting tired of your desktop's look and feel? Maybe you've collected some scratches and dings on your desk surface or perhaps you're an audiophile and want to minimize sound reflections from your work surface. Here's a fun DIY project with FLOR tiles that will create a new look and feel for your workspace.

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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:

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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.
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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.

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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.

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This inlet was created by carefully measuring and cutting out the area for my keyboard and trackpad.

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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.

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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)

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