Home Office Desk/Workspace

After browsing numerous online sites and looking for images of what others have done for home office work stations, none of them really piqued my interest.  I needed a large area so I wanted a L-shaped desk.  I also knew that I would have 4 monitors in use and needed space for that.  So I went about creating my own.  I found an amazing electric sit-stand desk through ErgoDepot.com.  However, I did not like their choice of tops, so I decided to buy it without the top.

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It raises and lowers electronically via a nice gear system with a 330lb rating. Therefore, finding a material for the desk surface was tricky. After running around for a couple days getting quotes on materials that were quite pricey, too heavy, and lead times that were too long, I decided to go buy some lumber and build my own for under 100 bucks.

So I put what I wanted into AutoCAD, got bill of materials, ran to the lumber yard and came back with 7 2×8-8s. Proceeded to bevel and sand…good thing I had a palm and belt sander handy!

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I started joining pieces together before I sanded. I assembled the boards into 3 pieces to attach to the desk, then got to sanding.

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After 2 days of sanding and evening everything out, I was able to wipe all the pieces down and bring everything in for test fit.

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I didn’t want a wood colored finish because the window trim has some oak and the floor is wood, and my wife and I thought it might clash too much. So I found a colored stain by Minwax called Charcoal Gray. However, looking back, I feel like they mixed me Riverstone, which is a bluer stain. Either way I think it looks great. I put two coats of stain to color but still keep the wood grain visible. Then covered that with a few coats of a satin polycrylic, since I hate cleaning up fingerprints. Now that I look at it in these pictures, I probably could have just done one coat of stain. The poly is still curing in the pictures so its glossier than it will be.

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And final placement, secured to the frame.

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With the desk raised to full height…much higher what it will be at when I’m standing up.

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The next part of the project is consolidation and organization of all my computer equipment so its not on my desk and so the cables, cords, and wires are all out of sight – out of mind. As I await my monitor arms that will bring my monitors and laptops up and off the desk, I thought of a fix to get rid of the other hardware and cables.

I was in Staples and grabbed two wire letter files ($5 each!), cut the side openings in order to fit my gear like I wanted and then mounted them to the underside of my desk.

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I used a combination of wire clips and the rubber desk mounts that came with the wire racks to mount them in a way that allowed the hardware to clear the metal cable concealing beam on the underside of the desk as well as provide dampening support (as if any is needed).

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One mounted.

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Two mounted.

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Done.

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Finally, the monitor arms arrived and I got everything in order, assembled, and just the way I want it on my desk. I also finished work on a whiteboard on one of my walls as detailed on this site.

Monitor Arms in box.

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Installed and set up.

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Desk at full height.

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Whiteboard behind me.

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All the wires tucked away and everything mounted underneath.

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More additions are planned for added convenience as well as decorating and finishing the office itself.

2 Responses to “Home Office Desk/Workspace”

  • What a great write up, thank you for sharing.

    I’m considering this same desk frame. I have a black top that I’ll use from an Ikea Galant L shaped desk.

    One question: the top measure 63 inches wide x 79 inches long. Do you know if the frame you used would support the longer 79 inch side?

    For comparison, what are the dimensions of your top?

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