Ross Knight's $76 DIY Bar Stool Workstation

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Name: Ross Knight
Location: London, UK

Ross Knight had a small budget for a home office with an even smaller space to work with. But he somehow made it all work, even with a big desktop PC, creating his own compact shelf-turned-desk solution. We asked him how he designed and resourced his space-efficient workstation...

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Not much went into it all to be honest, I was on a very tight budget. The monitor was mounted onto the wall with the cheapest flat mount that I could find, (eBay, £4), the keyboard then sits on a floating shelf which I cut a notch into the back of to allow the cables to pass through and so it could still be mounted flat to the wall.

Once I mounted the monitor and the floating shelf, I then purchased some cable trunking and hid the cables all the way to the floor.

I then purchased a gas lift bar stool, also from Ebay, which is used as the 'desk' chair, which was the perfect solution. This was about as complex as it got, and all in all, it cost me under £50.

Seems a cozy spot to work from during the day, and then to kick it and enjoy a pint from during after hours, right?

You can find similar low-cost monitor mounts like the one Ross used over at eBay or fancier articulating models over at Amazon for under $17. Floating shelves are sold by the likes of IKEA, Target, West Elm, and a myriad of other home decor retailers, while a $5-$6 Wiremold kit should work well at hiding and guiding cables between a computer and the screen in similar style. And for seating, a pneumatic faux leather bar stool chair like the one above is available for about $55 each online, but I'd recommend checking Craigslist for a single unit, since these are sold in pairs.

(Images: RossEdwardKnight)

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