Living Room Desk: The 2nd Workstation

Living Room Desk: The 2nd Workstation

Range Govindan
Feb 9, 2011

When space is at a premium in your home, you have to get creative to find place for that second or third workstation. In our home, we have a similar setup since we both work from our computers a lot. There is one workstation in our small home office, and another in the living room.

When it came time to set up another workstation in Daniel Moore's home, he decided to use a small space that was to the left of his fireplace in his living room. This somewhat unorthodox choice was made possible by creating a DIY custom desk that fits perfectly into the spot.

Daniel's got a history with compact workstations. His last one fit inside a bedroom without taking up much space. His new workstation was put together easily. What sets this desk apart is that a lot of thought went into its overall design. He used some drawers as one base. There were pieces of wood set onto the wall to serve as guide rails for the table top. A small extra shelf was built-in as well using the same principle. It would hold his peripherals. The only table leg is made out of metal and offers a stark contrast.

He used some IKEA's Signum horizontal cable management that he affixed right under his desk. There's even a built-in keyboard drawer. While Daniel's desk has some nice features, if you want to make something similar, you don't have to incorporate all of them. For example, you can skip the small built-in shelf and the keyboard drawer. Ultimately, this simple setup is something that you should consider when you're about to setup your second or third workstation in your home.

(Images with permission: Flickr member Danorak1981)

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