Help finding a desk!

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    gdeputy

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    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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    The same here

    suffering form the big screen and inappropriate desk
     
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    aaronvan

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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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    "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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    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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    SandboxGeneral

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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.

    [​IMG]
     
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    gdeputy

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    hard to find something I like :(
     
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    Your local lumber yard: birch plywood + poly and edging

    add that to:

    four legs.

    Bob's your table.
     
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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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    riotgeek

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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. ;)

    [​IMG]
     
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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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    gdeputy

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    So i've decided a conference table type setup might be best, but where do I go to find one?!
     
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    miles01110

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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.
     
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    gdeputy

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    Buffalo NY doesn't necessarily qualify as a 'larger' city :(
     
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    miles01110

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    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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    Axegrinder

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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:

    [​IMG]

    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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    louis.frankland

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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!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ne0hack3r/6180989213/in/set-72157628624665515
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ne0hack3r/6595969909/in/set-72157628624665515/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ne0hack3r/6595969023/in/set-72157628624665515/
     
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    You have no idea where to find a conference table in Buffalo???

    DUH.
     
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    malias4

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    i like it a lot , looks nice and with an imac on top :p
     
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    Ikea Burlington in Canada is 1 hour from Buffalo.
     
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    GoreVidal

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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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