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Old Dec 25, 2011, 09:56 PM   #1
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Help finding a desk!

So, I'm looking for a long and wide desk UNFORTUNATELY, ikea is out of the question. No location near me and to ship a Galant (the desk i VERY much wanted) will cost over 350+.. the desk is priced at 160. So, i'm not paying 510 for a Galant.. my budget is really around 300 or so and I'm looking for something simple and sturdy.


I need to hold my 27" iMac, my MBA and my iPad/iPhone as well as having ample space for working on.

Any suggestions? Wanted a Galant for Xmas but it was just too expensive to ship.
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Old Dec 26, 2011, 02:15 AM   #2
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The same here

suffering form the big screen and inappropriate desk
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Old Dec 26, 2011, 02:56 AM   #3
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Old Dec 26, 2011, 03:37 AM   #4
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Go retro

Hit some barn sales and you'll find something great for next to nothing. I love the look of my iMac sitting on a 130+ year-old desk.
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Old Dec 26, 2011, 10:15 AM   #5
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Thinking about this for my 21"...

http://www.crateandbarrel.com/furnit...-leaning-desk/

$70 on Craig's list
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Old Dec 27, 2011, 09:15 AM   #6
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"so, I'm looking for a long and wide desk UNFORTUNATELY, ikea is out of the question"

If you want "function" over "form" and style, have you considered a large "conference table", the kind with folding legs?

These can be found at good prices in office-supply stores.

The one I'm using measures 30x72". They may even come in larger sizes.

Not the ultimate fashion design, but VERY functional with a broad, flat "table top"...
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Old Dec 27, 2011, 05:35 PM   #7
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"so, I'm looking for a long and wide desk UNFORTUNATELY, ikea is out of the question"

If you want "function" over "form" and style, have you considered a large "conference table", the kind with folding legs?

These can be found at good prices in office-supply stores.

The one I'm using measures 30x72". They may even come in larger sizes.

Not the ultimate fashion design, but VERY functional with a broad, flat "table top"...
This is what I have. 27" imac, big bookshelf speakers, wacom tablet, etc, with room to spare for $50. Doesn't look great, but not bad either.
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Old Dec 27, 2011, 05:39 PM   #8
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I was eyeballing this desk earlier today at Ethan Allen. I may decide to procure it next month. It's simple, elegant and minimalistic. I think it will compliment iMac quite well.

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Old Dec 28, 2011, 04:45 PM   #9
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Old Dec 28, 2011, 06:36 PM   #10
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Your local lumber yard: birch plywood + poly and edging

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four legs.

Bob's your table.
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Old Dec 29, 2011, 12:29 AM   #11
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There are probably a number of local woodworkers in your area who will build a desk to your specifications. It will cost more, but it will be a lot sturdier and be unique to your needs. Nothing like handcrafted beauty!
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Old Dec 29, 2011, 01:20 AM   #12
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I just bought THIS DESK:
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Old Dec 29, 2011, 01:55 AM   #13
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I've been eyeing this Drake desk from Crate & Barrel for what seems like forever. Can't wait to get it and my new iMac...hopefully sooner than April.

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As someone said earlier, just buy a big table. Tables are awesome and can be sold or repurposed much more easily than desks.
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As someone said earlier, just buy a big table. Tables are awesome and can be sold or repurposed much more easily than desks.
So i've decided a conference table type setup might be best, but where do I go to find one?!
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So i've decided a conference table type setup might be best, but where do I go to find one?!
If you live in a larger city, places going out of business often put their stuff up for sale. Craigslist also usually has a good selection of tables for sale.
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If you live in a larger city, places going out of business often put their stuff up for sale. Craigslist also usually has a good selection of tables for sale.
Buffalo NY doesn't necessarily qualify as a 'larger' city
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Buffalo NY doesn't necessarily qualify as a 'larger' city
Well it's Western NY so I'm sure there are lots of places going out of business!
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Earlier I stated that a craig's list search turned up a good deal. Well, after trolling for another day I found the same desk for $20! instead of $70.

The family was moving on that day literally. The moving trucks were parked out front when I drove over to the next town to pick it up.

$20 -

The iMac looks sweet on this thing.

We already had the 2 of the matching book cases. This is versatile and simple. After getting my new CyberPower 1000 yesterday I can say that my setup is nearly complete.
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Having received my refurb iMac today, I thought it was good opportunity to tidy up and take a photo and, at the same time, show my setup as far as desks go. I had the same dilema in 2006 when I bought my first iMac. Not being able to find anything suitable I decided to build my own. I went to a local diy superstore in the uk - B&Q - and bought two Kitchen wall cabinets, one with drawers, one without and laid a piece of formica across them:



The cabinet on the left has a shelf at the top on which I have my external drives, and the space below houses a tower plug extension which all devices are plugged in to. The wires could do with a tidy up and I'm going to replace the formica with a proper wood kitchen worktop in the near future so it will look a little better but other than that I still think it's the best and simplest solution I've seen, and of course it's totally customizable because of the large choice of doors and drawers available for kitchens!
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Wow - $350 for delivery?!? Thats crazy! Are there those "Van 'n' Man" services around where you hire a van and the guy to pick it up for you? Its what I had to do (admittedly in the UK)

I had the same issue about 3 months back as I have a lot of screens and needed the desk space and the support for the weight of them (no nice glass ones would support the weight)

You could always get a boring ish desk and sort out some underlighting for it... makes any plain old desk look stunning!

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Buffalo NY doesn't necessarily qualify as a 'larger' city
You have no idea where to find a conference table in Buffalo???

DUH.
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I just bought THIS DESK:
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i like it a lot , looks nice and with an imac on top
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UNFORTUNATELY, ikea is out of the question. No location near me
Ikea Burlington in Canada is 1 hour from Buffalo.
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I concur with the concept of finding a Galant on Craigslist. I for one have found a full black-brown Galant (2 of the same table tops mind you...one for replacement if need be) for under $100.
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