Brennan's Compact College Workspace

Brennan's Compact College Workspace

Colleen Quinn
Nov 11, 2010

Most college dorms are the ultimate experiment in small space living, an experiment that is becoming more complicated as the tech needs of students grow. Though most students have computers and printers and other gear to accomodate, many college dorms continue to feature desks better suited to handwriting papers than to computing needs. Brennan's answer to the challenge of making this old school furniture fit with new school needs highlights solutions that can benefit any small-space dweller.

Brennan knew that he didn't want to have to put his laptop away any time he wanted to use his desk, but the laptop and printer alone took up almost all the available space. Brennan also knew he needed a setup that would help alleviate the back strain that came from using his laptop on this non-egonomic dorm desk.

Adding the mStand by Rain Design and coupling it with a Logitech MX 5000 keyboard helped get rid of Brennan's back pain, and with the laptop off the desk and the keyboard stashed beneath, Brennan was able to carve out some much-needed work space.

Using a laptop stand to utilize available vertical space is a great solution to the challenge of a compact workspace, and Brennan's setup would work equally well with a beloved vintage desk in a small home office or studio apartment.

Image: Photos by Brennan V licensed for use under Creative Commons.

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