Good Questions: The Best Work Table For This Space?

Good Questions: The Best Work Table For This Space?

Maxwell Ryan
Mar 28, 2007

Hello AT,

In our new apartment, we've got this second bedroom that we're interested in turning into a creative work room, for art, writing, painting, what have you. Now there's this great NOOK in the far wall of the room, about 26.5" deep by 110" wide (see hastily-sketched semi-floor plan), and I'd like to "build" a long work table into the nook...

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Let me step back a bit: I couldn't nail two pieces of wood together even if you showed me how. I'm a clumsy, cerebral fellow (just ask my wife!) who somehow gets paper-cuts from answering the phone. So when I say "build," I mean, I'd like to have a long piece of thick wood or other sturdy, heavy material CUT TO SIZE FOR ME to fit the nook, and then prop the wood up on sawhorses, trestles, foldable legs, etc.

My questions, then: (1) Any suggestions on material for the tabletop? (2) Any suggestions for the legs? Trestles, sawhorses, etc., etc.? As long as the whole solution, top and legs, is sturdy, heavy, and MINIMAL, it'll be great!

I'm in Manhattan, so sourcing suggestions would be great as well. Thanks, everyone. Gabriel

Dear Gabriel,

Our advice would be to get thee to Ikea. We've blogged this before and we think their wood countertop matched with metal legs is the best, most affordable, handsomest solution for a long thin tabletop, particularly for a desk against a wall: Click here for more info.

The countertops come up to 96" long, but you can easily put two together.

Anyone else??

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