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klymr
Mar 21, 2008, 06:02 PM
I am looking for a new desk because the one that I'm currently using is really getting on my nerves. It's an old computer desk that I repainted. It has the typical shelf off the the right of where the chair sits, and because of that I feel like the whole right side is wasted since I can't really reach that area. Right now I just leave my Wacom sitting over there, taking up even more space.

I really like the MILK DESK (http://www.milk.dk/), but I'm sure it's just a little more than outta my price range. Plus I don't think they are shipping them to the US yet. Ikea has a work table that I really like really like, but they haven't had it in stock since before Christmas. It's a little crazy. So, that said, are there any suggestions as to where to look for a decent desk/workstation table? I don't want to spend too much on it, but want something that will function well. What are all of y'all using?



Montie Da Champ
Mar 21, 2008, 06:07 PM
get something from http://www.biomorphdesk.com/

klymr
Mar 21, 2008, 06:15 PM
get something from http://www.biomorphdesk.com/

Maybe in 5 years when I am done with school and have finished paying off my student loans. The smallest desk from them is about $1,000. :eek:

Cheffy Dave
Mar 22, 2008, 07:44 AM
I am looking for a new desk because the one that I'm currently using is really getting on my nerves. It's an old computer desk that I repainted. It has the typical shelf off the the right of where the chair sits, and because of that I feel like the whole right side is wasted since I can't really reach that area. Right now I just leave my Wacom sitting over there, taking up even more space.

I really like the MILK DESK (http://www.milk.dk/), but I'm sure it's just a little more than outta my price range. Plus I don't think they are shipping them to the US yet. Ikea has a work table that I really like really like, but they haven't had it in stock since before Christmas. It's a little crazy. So, that said, are there any suggestions as to where to look for a decent desk/workstation table? I don't want to spend too much on it, but want something that will function well. What are all of y'all using?

Love my ANTHROCART :cool: http://www.anthro.com/

Techguy172
Mar 22, 2008, 08:06 AM
I use this Desk, http://www.staples.ca/ENG/Catalog/cat_skuset.asp?CatIds=97%2C106,109&name=CA%5FSK%5FZ%2DLINE+%2D+Gen%2DX+Collection

hsotnicam8002
Mar 22, 2008, 10:10 AM
Why do so many people think that they are communicating with the person who lives next door (though they could shout out the window then anyway)? A link to Staples in Canada that is dead to anyone in the rest of the world is actually a worthless post as most people don't live in Canada! ;)

srl7741
Mar 22, 2008, 10:26 AM
I'm using this one, it's not very expensive and works well for a corner setup. I added the standard desks to each side extending everything out further making one large desk that covers both walls around the corner.

The screen shot does not really do the desk justice. It can be found on the Staples web site. Bush Cubix Collection. They come is various colors.
I did not purchase the keyboard slot, There is enough room on the desk surface for duel monitors and a keyboard without any problem.

jerryrock
Mar 22, 2008, 11:21 AM
I use a six foot long dining room table as my desk and workspace. This has been the best (and least expensive) solution that I have found to accommodate all of my equipment, still leaving space for laying out and comparing printed work.

klymr
Mar 22, 2008, 11:24 AM
I use a six foot long dining room table as my desk and workspace. This has been the best (and least expensive) solution that I have found to accommodate all of my equipment, still leaving space for laying out and comparing printed work.

Very good! I may have to go down to the thrift store and see what they got down there.

Techguy172
Mar 22, 2008, 11:49 AM
Why do so many people think that they are communicating with the person who lives next door (though they could shout out the window then anyway)? A link to Staples in Canada that is dead to anyone in the rest of the world is actually a worthless post as most people don't live in Canada! ;)

Staples is in the US too and so is that desk.

klymr
Mar 22, 2008, 11:55 AM
Staples is in the US too and so is that desk.

When we click the link it asks for a Canadian postal code. It gives no other information besides that, hence the reason for the comment above.

Techguy172
Mar 22, 2008, 11:59 AM
When we click the link it asks for a Canadian postal code. It gives no other information besides that, hence the reason for the comment above.

Well Maybe he could have just told me that instead of his stupid speech
Here the AMERICAN ONE: http://www.staples.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/StaplesProductDisplay?&langId=-1&storeId=10001&splCatType=2&catalogId=10051&productId=144397&cmArea=SC2:CG33:CL161511

SASouth
Mar 22, 2008, 12:04 PM
I'm using this one, it's not very expensive and works well for a corner setup. I added the standard desks to each side extending everything out further making one large desk that covers both walls around the corner.

The screen shot does not really do the desk justice. It can be found on the Staples web site. Bush Cubix Collection. They come is various colors.
I did not purchase the keyboard slot, There is enough room on the desk surface for duel monitors and a keyboard without any problem.

I have this desk too and highly recommend it. The corner desk is just one part of a whole collection that includes several size of matching tables, hutches, file cabinets, etc. This is commercial grade stuff, and the nice thing is that it's relatively inexpensive.

I got mine at OfficeMax. The call it the Bush OfficePro Collection.

GreatDrok
Mar 23, 2008, 12:36 AM
Just get a normal office style flat desk. All these computer desks are flimsy and crap. You don't need all that space to store CDROMs and the stupid little shelf for a keyboard is ghastly. A big flat desk gives you room to arrange you kit however you want and you move the keyboard to wherever is comfortable for you rather than where the designed thought it should be.

This is how my office looks.

hsotnicam8002
Mar 23, 2008, 10:19 AM
Just get a normal office style flat desk. All these computer desks are flimsy and crap. You don't need all that space to store CDROMs and the stupid little shelf for a keyboard is ghastly. A big flat desk gives you room to arrange you kit however you want and you move the keyboard to wherever is comfortable for you rather than where the designed thought it should be.

This is how my office looks.
I absolutely agree. Inevitably, one will want to use the desk for paperwork and room to put down at least two or three A4 sized pads or books, a pen tray and your telephone, is essential. The keyboard shelves are usually too low and can result in excessive head nodding, even for touch typists. I suppose one could store the keyboard on the shelf when more desk space is needed, but I would not treat a shelf as a priority. Good desktop space, the correct height desk for your own height and room to get your legs under the desk (without obstacles, especially sharp corners) together with a supportive, adjustable chair (maybe swivel) are the most important features.

mperkins37
Mar 23, 2008, 11:38 AM
Actually, The Bush Cubix, stuff is solid wood & metal, Very sturdy from what I understand. I am looking at the setup also.

Montie Da Champ
Mar 23, 2008, 05:56 PM
Also, Ikea has a desk called the "Fredrick" that might interest you. I use this desk and I love it. http://img116.imageshack.us/img116/8909/imageuploadimageor0.jpg

this is what my setup looks like with this desk...

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2196/2344554778_0eb1f501be.jpg?v=0

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3152/2344554764_5015270d25.jpg?v=0

toughboy
Mar 23, 2008, 05:59 PM
IKEA has an awesome serie called Galant. You can modify it anyway you like, make different shapes and sizes according to your needs.. :)

GSMiller
Mar 23, 2008, 06:59 PM
I picked mine up at Big Lots Furniture...$89 and the only one they had was the one on display so I didn't have to assemble anything :D

nater.
Mar 23, 2008, 07:46 PM
I love ikea's stuff. I have a Jonas desk. It has this little slide out table. Comes pretty handy. Large enough to fit all I need - my Mac Pro, iBook on an Elevator, and some extra room.

I'd recommend anything from Ikea if you have a store close go check the stuff out. Easy to put together and pretty cheap.

digitalnicotine
Mar 23, 2008, 07:57 PM
OP: After you hit your thrift shop, you may also consider looking into conference tables. I ended up getting a 96" conference table that spans a good portion of my wall. It was $236 shipped, and is very sturdy, right height, and easily accomodates my dual monitors, laptops, wacom tablet, speakers, etc. Just another inexpensive option. If you're interested, I'll go dig up the link. :)

mduser63
Mar 23, 2008, 09:21 PM
IKEA has an awesome serie called Galant. You can modify it anyway you like, make different shapes and sizes according to your needs.. :)

This is my vote. I have one and love it. Looks pretty good, is sturdy and the height is adjustable (with the legs I've got) And it wasn't very expensive either.

klymr
Mar 24, 2008, 01:13 AM
This is the setup I want, but I've been waiting and watching for 4 months, and it hasn't been in stock at all during that time. Maybe I'll call and see for sure if it's out of stock. Maybe the website is just lying to me.

Vika Gruvan/Vika Artur from Ikea (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S19831149)

http://www.ikea.com/PIAimages/60537_PE166645_S4.jpg

Techguy172
Mar 24, 2008, 07:58 AM
I don't know it's not in Canada either maybe they don't sell it anymore and still have to update there site.

klymr
Mar 24, 2008, 09:03 AM
I don't know it's not in Canada either maybe they don't sell it anymore and still have to update there site.

They have the table top, but not the trestle legs. I think I may be giving them a call soon.

JasonElise1983
Mar 24, 2008, 02:07 PM
i pretty much like anything here.

http://www.cb2.com/office-furniture/office/v

-JE

queshy
Mar 24, 2008, 02:09 PM
one word: ikea.

phiberglass
Mar 31, 2008, 01:18 AM
I went to Ikea to look at the Mikael desk and it turned out much smaller than I thought it was. But I did see the Galant series. Looks like a very nice desk and may be my next desk. I would get the one with no addons and shaped like an L, not the backwards L shaped one. The only addon I might get is the raised platform in the back corner.

anyways anyone have pictures of the Galanta desk in their setup?

Thanks!

Z.Beeblebrox
Apr 2, 2008, 09:19 AM
I use a six foot long dining room table as my desk and workspace. This has been the best (and least expensive) solution that I have found to accommodate all of my equipment, still leaving space for laying out and comparing printed work.

Me too. This is so much easier. I love the elbow room and the fact that I can slide back and forth down the table as I need to work between paper and computer. My husband and I put the table between us, so that we face one another with our monitors back to back down at one end. We put all of our office supplies in the middle and all the cables run down the back out of sight. It works great, is made of solid wood (not particle board) and was $200.

I got the idea from Pottery Barn, but found a similar, cheaper version elsewhere:
http://www.potterybarn.com/pbimgs/rk/images/products/200811/0009/img16m.jpg

czardonic
Apr 9, 2008, 11:49 AM
I have an either/or proposition for you:

1. Find a used pneumatic electrified drafting table at a surplus store. What used to be the $2000 to $3000 dollar variety can be had these days for around fifty bucks, since all the fancy pants architects have turned to computers.
I’m considering one for myself — thinking I might additionally add a hinged plate to the top, so that it can be used additionally as a traditional drafting table, yet have a level platform, on which to place my wonderful 22” Sony monitor. The only problem is moving these beasts. They can weigh upwards of a couple hundred pounds.

2. What I use now are two 36” tall filing cabinets, with three 12” x 72” pine boards held together by 1” x 2” pine strips, which fit snugly against the outsides of the filing cabinets. (These boards will soon be replaced with quarter-sawed, tongue-and-groove oak)
Filing cabinets, like the old drafting tables, can be had for $5 to $15 each. Offices are dumping them, in favor of digital storage. The outsides, you can either paint with your own designs, or apply decals from your printer, or……

With either of the above, you’re free to stand up while working — just like designers and art directors in the old days. It’ll help keep you from developing the posture of a snail, and free your thinking as well.

Conceptualize differently.