Looking for a new Desk(s)

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by BeyondMountains, Jan 15, 2008.

  1. BeyondMountains macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2008
    I need a desk that will hold :
    -2 monitors (17inch and 24inch)
    -2 towers (mac pro, dell) I want to try and keep the mac pro on top with the monitor.
    -external hard drives

    I want to spend around 200. 250 being to MOST.

    Do you guys think this would be sturdy enough? http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=7679241
    probably not.

    I was also thinking I can get two of these:

    edit:::: length of 60-80inches.::
    most recent choice is this:
  2. supercooled macrumors 6502a

    Sep 6, 2007
    I've got an Ikea Mikael which was $90. It has more surface area than my Ikea Jerker which it replaces. I can manage to put my 24" monitor, MBP speaker control pod, externals just fine. It's all in the way you manage it. I would say it's not necessary to have your system on it rather you can get a side table and use that.
  3. jasone6 macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2008
    For what it's worth, I think the Frederik from IKEA would suit your purposes very nicely. My friend has had one for a couple years and loves it. If the space I have to put my desk was 1 FRIGGIN' INCH bigger, I'd have one too! :mad:

    It comes in choice of 3 finishes:
    - white
    - dark wood
    - birch (light) wood

    Very clean, simple and sturdy to boot.

    I'm also looking for a desk, so I'll be following this thread closely. I've come across http://www.anthro.com/ -- which has lots of awesome stuff, but is REALLY expensive.

    Good luck!

  4. jasone6 macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2008
  5. derickO macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2007
    I too am in the market for a new desk for my new Mac Pro and 30 inch ACD. My large modern glass desk is bending under the pressure of the ACD alone and I would LIKE to put my mac pro next to it just for the ease of changing parts and wires... I'm a bit picky when it comes to furniture, and I know you were thinking under 200 but these desks look friggin sweet for their prices. Just something to consider! Tell me if you guys find any study, somewhat cheap and very large wooden desks out there on the market! Here's the URLS:



    Hope that helps (though it won't help the wallet). ;-)
  6. Decrepit macrumors 65816


    Sep 6, 2007
    Foothills to the Rocky Mountains
    What is your current desk that can't handle the ACD?

    I want one of the Boltz classic office desks. NOT cheap, but it looks like it could be hit with a battleship. That should hold 2x 30" displays easily.
  7. derickO macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2007
    The desk is an Office Depot modern-looking glass desk akin to this: http://www.eurway.com/desks.lasso?i...-session=eo_user:4BADF7D302cf4369DFGGgV25D295

    The glass sheet is heavy duty, but it supported by two beams on either side and no middle support. I am afraid that the ACD might begin to crack the glass. I really want just a solid wood, nice looking desk, no bells or whistles. I'll take a look at the Boltz. thnx. Plus the extra load of the Mac Pro on it would definitely break it.

  8. -Noodles macrumors regular


    Oct 18, 2007
    The Ikea suggestion is a good one. Although the Ikea Federik computer desk is too small for all the stuff you listed. Also their desk profiles are usually very slim and not as beefy as you'd probably like for the amount of stuff you've listed. Visually it would look like a paper plate holding a mountain of pasta from across the room.

    I would advise you consider Ikea's dining room table (tops and legs) VIKA System. Below is the link:


    The price is well within your budget. Currently I use the birch top, VIKA AMON (not shown in the link above) with strait metal legs, VIKA KAJ. Other options for the system can be seen here:


    I have two of them together (I have more stuff then you listed so I need two :p) along one of my walls and they look great.

    Here's my suggestion if money is no object:

    1.) http://www.bludot.com/Browse_Products/Desks/product/Chicago_desk

    Surprisingly this is similar to the Ikea VIKA system option with the birch and metal legs I described minus the storage compartment.

    or for my space-station home:

    2) http://hivemodern.com/products/?view=sub_product&sid=418&cid=1&cid2=120

    For those on a really tiny budget head to home depot get two sawhorses and a door. Guess where the cables go. ;)
  9. gescom macrumors regular


    Dec 31, 2007
    Westerville, OH.
    I paid extra and had the IKEA design team make mine. It rocks and has held up for years now. I am not sure if they still offer this service but it was definately worth the money as people still comment.
  10. fernmeister macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2007
    Two of the best desks I've ever had have come from Ikea's dining room department! Great starting point if you need a big, sturdy worksurface.
  11. BeyondMountains thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2008
    thanks for all the replies. i'm probably going to make my way to ikea on friday.
  12. BeyondMountains thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2008
  13. eschulist macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2008
    This is a little bit out of your budget but other users may be interested in it.

    I got this desk for Christmas and was VERY impressed.

    It is much bigger than it looks in the photo and easily has room for 2 30" monitors, or 3 23". The desk is rock solid too, the glass top is about 2 inches thick and is rated to hold over 200lbs... you if you wanted to get busy on it for whatever reason it could hold someone :D

    The only issue I have with it is the side compartment for cpu storage is fully enclosed (it warns you not to close the door if your computer is on but still) I personally just use it for book, dvd, and printer paper storage.

    The MacPro weights about 42 lbs (so I recommend against that desk from Ikea)
  14. peejack macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2007

    Bloody hell thats awesome :eek::eek: any idea on price?
  15. jasone6 macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2008
  16. jasone6 macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2008
    As a matter of fact, yes. I got an email from the US distributor yesterday, and It's between $3-4,000 -- and that's before you add the accessories, etc.. Yikes. Awesome desk, but way outside my budget.

    If you're interested, I can probably get you the exact prices.

  17. peejack macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2007

    Holy mother of s....:eek::eek::eek:

    Thats a silly price.
  18. BeyondMountains thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2008
    wow that is a crazy price. very cool desk though. but i could never
  19. motoxpress macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2006
    Another fan of the Ikea Vika series. I almost bought this one For drawing with but, decided against it.

  20. amik macrumors regular

    Dec 11, 2007
  21. jasone6 macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2008
    In a way, it is "silly." But in a way, it's not, since it does include an electrical motor-drive that lets you raise & lower the desk at will. It's also really awesome, and imported, so as much as I wish it were affordable, I can see why they've chosen the price they have.

  22. BeyondMountains thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2008
  23. SHOlover macrumors member

    Nov 8, 2007
    So Cal
  24. -Noodles macrumors regular


    Oct 18, 2007
    Its plenty sturdy for your needs. I have two turntables (probably around 30 lbs a piece plus the case for each is another 5-10lbs) and a mixer which is about 10 lbs on mine. It holds up fine :)

    When you go to Ikea you can see them and get a feel for their strength. Make sure to measure the area where you're putting it. Maybe you can fit two or at least be sure everything will work with one in your space.
  25. Graphis macrumors member

    Nov 23, 2007
    I would advise against the IKEA 'made for computer' desks: they won't take the weight, even if they say they will. You're better off getting something like a dining table from IKEA, as not only are they bigger, they will take the extra weight.

    Alternatively, you could do what I did and go to a furniture auction. I got an great antique desk for £10, plus £10 for a chair to go with it. It looks groovy with a modern Mac sitting on it:)

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