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Title: Need an office/computer desk
Post by: Baby Thork on July 28, 2018, 09:27:48 PM
I just bought a new office chair as my last one was falling to bits. I could use a good desk to go with it.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/IntimaTe-WM-Heart-Reclining-Ergonomic/dp/B07DCMSGJ2/ref=sr_1_16?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1532813214&sr=1-16&keywords=office+chairs&refinements=p_89%3AIntimaTe+WM+Heart


Anyone got any good suggestions? I've been looking at the height adjustable ones that you can stand or sit at, but I don't want to pay £400 for a new desk - or if I did, it would have to be an epic desk.
Title: Re: Need an office/computer desk
Post by: Rushy on July 29, 2018, 03:32:34 PM
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Maestro-Frame-Drawer-Pedestal-1228mm/dp/B00CWGIP70/ref=sr_1_1?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1532878305&sr=1-1&keywords=flatpack+desk
Title: Re: Need an office/computer desk
Post by: Baby Thork on July 29, 2018, 03:47:44 PM
Perfect start. That is exactly what I don't want. This should help other people make better suggestions.
Title: Re: Need an office/computer desk
Post by: Rushy on July 29, 2018, 03:51:03 PM
Why are you trying to get people on this forum to put legitimate effort into helping you shop for a desk? Just go to IKEA and accept that the vikings have once again enslaved your people. They already took all of your good looking women, might as well give them your money, too.
Title: Re: Need an office/computer desk
Post by: Baby Thork on July 29, 2018, 03:53:45 PM
I was kind of hoping someone would say ... I have this desk and its great because ...

When I look on Ikea there are over 300 desks and I have no idea what I want after browsing for a while.
Title: Re: Need an office/computer desk
Post by: garygreen on July 29, 2018, 03:57:34 PM
build a whiteboard table at ikea.  the white, glossy countertops and tabletops are pretty cheap (>$50), and you can select whatever table legs you like.

if there's an ikea nearish you, i recommend going to the store to check out the options for yourself.  or here are the links to those pages:

https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/departments/workspaces/11844/?color=white
https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/departments/ikea_kitchens/33546/

i have this desk and it's great because my whole desk is a whiteboard surface.
Title: Re: Need an office/computer desk
Post by: Lord Dave on July 29, 2018, 06:48:45 PM
I was kind of hoping someone would say ... I have this desk and its great because ...

When I look on Ikea there are over 300 desks and I have no idea what I want after browsing for a while.
I know a guy who bought a desk and he says it was great.I also think my desk is great but you'd probably hate it because I like it.
Title: Re: Need an office/computer desk
Post by: Pete Svarrior on July 29, 2018, 07:55:20 PM
Personally, I don't like to think of a desk as a single item. I've built mine from parts. The legs and tabletop came from IKEA:

They no longer sell my tabletop, but this is similar, just a bit thinner than mine: https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/products/desks/table-tops-legs/linnmon-table-top-black-brown-art-00251343/
Legs are a no-brainer to me, I want to be able to set the height of the whole shebang, although I don't care for doing so frequently: https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/products/desks/table-tops-legs/olov-leg-adjustable-black-art-30264301/

I then followed that up with a keyboard and mouse drawer: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0002LCZP0/
And a three-monitor arm holder: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00B77XC8C/

Finally, I topped it off with a PowerCube, because I'm a nerd and I need my easily-accessible power: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Allocacoc-PowerCube-Extended-Power-Socket/dp/B00GLBDVM6/
A headphone holder that was meant for walls but I modified it and tacked it on to the side of my desk anyway: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005MZKCJM/
And a few cable holders for random bits and bobs:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01KFQB5WA/
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01LY09I61/

The final setup is a bit disorganised, but then again so am I. I just like to add things to it when I think they would be nice to have. Of course, I'm a messy piece of crap, so the final result doesn't look impressive at all. But hell, it's functional. I love my desk. Make sure you love yours.
Title: Re: Need an office/computer desk
Post by: Baby Thork on July 29, 2018, 08:50:32 PM
You bought a headphone holder ... and then put the headphones on a different holder?


Ok, so build-a-bear style desks. I hadn't considered this.

My monitor isn't height adjustable so I'm going to need something like https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/products/desks/table-tops-legs/alex-add-on-unit-white-art-20260718/
To stick on something like https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/products/desks/table-tops-legs/klimpen-table-top-light-grey-art-90353747/
With something underneath like this https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/products/desks/table-tops-legs/gerton-leg-adjustable-chrome-plated-art-60261626/

with something like https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/products/desks/table-tops-legs/alex-storage-unit-white-art-60192826/


The problem is the colours and sizes don't match very well. The desks are all the wrong lengths for the thing that sits on top, and the colours don't match and the legs don't match that, then the drawers don't match ... there isn't enough choice of everything to make a coherent desk. I guess this is going to take some time ... standby.
Title: Re: Need an office/computer desk
Post by: Pete Svarrior on July 29, 2018, 08:56:34 PM
You bought a headphone holder ... and then put the headphones on a different holder?
I have many pairs of headphones, each suiting a different purpose - in the photo, you can see two pairs on separate holders, but there was a third pair on my head ;)

I'm going to need something like https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/products/desks/table-tops-legs/alex-add-on-unit-white-art-20260718/
To stick on something like https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/products/desks/table-tops-legs/klimpen-table-top-light-grey-art-90353747/
With something underneath like this https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/products/desks/table-tops-legs/gerton-leg-adjustable-chrome-plated-art-60261626/

with something like https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/products/desks/table-tops-legs/alex-storage-unit-white-art-60192826/

The problem is the colours and sizes don't match very well. The desks are all the wrong lengths for the thing that sits on top, and the colours don't match and the legs don't match that, then the drawers don't match ... there isn't enough choice of everything to make a coherent desk. I guess this is going to take some time ... standby.
Sounds about right! It's all about what you do and don't find useful. Personally, the add-on unit would be useless to me since I don't really have any stationery that I'd like to put in drawers, and I prefer monitor arms with VESA mounts to desk raisers, but that's the beauty of it all. Different people will come with extremely different setups.

You definitely can make a coherent setup out of IKEA parts, but personally I've always found it much easier to just walk down and look at things (and bring a tape measure with me) rather than try to figure it out online.
Title: Re: Need an office/computer desk
Post by: Baby Thork on July 29, 2018, 09:19:26 PM
Mmm.

I'm kind of thinking RGB ... but with a warm white ... so the desk is illuminated from the back. I don't want the colours, but a bit of extra light might be cool.

Also I have an AIO that tilts but doesn't rise so definitely need something to put it on.
Title: Re: Need an office/computer desk
Post by: Baby Thork on July 29, 2018, 11:18:38 PM
Ok done.

I have ordered

(https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/images/products/alex-add-on-unit-white__0242197_pe381723_s4.jpg)

(https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/images/products/alex-drawer-unit-white__0087723_pe217289_s4.jpg)

(https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/images/products/alex-storage-unit-white__0087724_pe217290_s4.jpg)

(https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/images/products/karlby-worktop-walnut__0444158_pe594746_s4.jpg)

I'll build that first before I worry about cable management and lighting. £280 with delivery ... not sure how I feel about that. Have to wait and see when its built.
Title: Re: Need an office/computer desk
Post by: Baby Thork on July 30, 2018, 01:47:11 PM
Just pulled the trigger on some RGB and a large keyboard mouse mat thing.
Title: Re: Need an office/computer desk
Post by: junker on July 30, 2018, 04:52:34 PM
Get a standing desk. They are all the rage.
Title: Re: Need an office/computer desk
Post by: Baby Thork on July 30, 2018, 04:55:48 PM
Its too late now. Also £900 ... for a table.
Title: Re: Need an office/computer desk
Post by: junker on July 30, 2018, 05:02:40 PM
Its too late now. Also £900 ... for a table.

You can convert basically any desk into a standing desk for fairly cheap.
Title: Re: Need an office/computer desk
Post by: Baby Thork on July 30, 2018, 05:23:21 PM
Ahh, but then its only standing. I don't want to stand all day. I thought you meant the ones that rise and ... I want to say fall? What is the opposite ... descend. Ok. Brain misfired.

https://youtu.be/wsN6AHN2FbM?t=14s

This is all well and good, but it costs too much for what it is.
Title: Re: Need an office/computer desk
Post by: junker on July 30, 2018, 05:27:17 PM
I was talking about adjustable desks. There are a variety of products you can use with an existing desk to go back and forth. Some are cheaper and more manual in operation. The automated ones are more expensive though.
Title: Re: Need an office/computer desk
Post by: Baby Thork on July 30, 2018, 05:28:47 PM
Ikea do one with a little crank handle. I couldn't be Thorked to wind it round and round and round every time I stood up. The desk needs to be a sit down thing.
Title: Re: Need an office/computer desk
Post by: Baby Thork on July 31, 2018, 04:11:38 PM
Chair has arrived. Has been assembled. Is a huge improvement of the back breaker I had before.


to be continued ...
Title: Re: Need an office/computer desk
Post by: junker on July 31, 2018, 04:22:14 PM
Chair has arrived. Has been assembled. Is a huge improvement of the back breaker I had before.


to be continued ...

Should have bought an Aeron and a standing desk. Would have been so hip and impressed all the ladies.
Title: Re: Need an office/computer desk
Post by: Baby Thork on July 31, 2018, 04:26:10 PM
I'm old and I need to sit down.  :(
Title: Re: Need an office/computer desk
Post by: Benjamin Franklin on August 01, 2018, 11:07:21 PM
I just sit on the floor and prop my monitors up on board game boxes.
Title: Re: Need an office/computer desk
Post by: Baby Thork on August 02, 2018, 04:07:45 PM
Installed the RGB to the back of my monitor today. Looks sweet.

Had to go to a meeting though, and of course IKEA showed up right in the middle and took my desk back the depot ... so postponed until Monday!  >o<
Title: Re: Need an office/computer desk
Post by: Baby Thork on August 06, 2018, 10:00:05 PM
So, getting there. Still waiting for one lamp (amazon only delivered one), and there are a few other bits I'm waiting for ... but getting there.

(http://i63.tinypic.com/wshmv.jpg)

(http://i64.tinypic.com/2n1rm7l.jpg)

My camera has made it look a bit odd ... the lighting is a smooth hue ... it looks a bit spotlighty in the images but its better irl.

Anyway, its a nice place to sit. A big improvement on before.
Title: Re: Need an office/computer desk
Post by: Pete Svarrior on August 06, 2018, 10:14:57 PM
That's the desk of a man who doesn't get any work done. Come on, put some random work crap on your desk. Make it look busy. Then the ladies will know you're the kind of man that gets shit done
Title: Re: Need an office/computer desk
Post by: Baby Thork on August 06, 2018, 10:31:49 PM
That's the desk of a man who doesn't get any work done. Come on, put some random work crap on your desk. Make it look busy. Then the ladies will know you're the kind of man that gets shit done

This is a man that got no work done today. It took about 3 hours to unbox and build the desk. Then there was the cable management (its still a mess but its out of the way). Then I had to dispose of the old desk at the tip. Then install all the RGB etc so it works with my computer ... when I turn the PC on, the desk lighting comes on ... its all USB. Then I had to move all my crap back into the desk drawers. Long story shot Ikea turned up at 6:46am and I finished the desk minus the lamp not delivered and a few other small bits at about 10:30pm. I'm shattered. That desk weighs a fricking ton. And moving it about to wire stuff in during this weather ...

(http://i67.tinypic.com/2qn5kxx.jpg)
This is my temporary 'cable management'. Having installed the little trays I just bunged everything in there for now.

(http://i64.tinypic.com/nnph5i.jpg)
and don't worry about the ladies. They can feast their eyes on this shit tip that still needs rehoming. That chest of drawers is the next thing that needs to die. My real drawers ... a leg fell off so this thing was recovered from the garage to hold my underpants.
Title: Re: Need an office/computer desk
Post by: Pete Svarrior on August 06, 2018, 10:51:13 PM
Ah, good. As long as there's messy shit somewhere in the vicinity, you've got the ladies covered.
Title: Re: Need an office/computer desk
Post by: Baby Thork on August 06, 2018, 10:54:22 PM
Thank you for implying that ladies frequent my room. Most of the ladies that enter my room will be on the monitor and they can't see the mess. At least I hope they can't. If the webcam was on and they could see what I was doing, messiness wouldn't be the first thing they'd notice.
Title: Re: Need an office/computer desk
Post by: Benjamin Franklin on August 07, 2018, 03:09:49 AM
I'm just going to say what we've all been thinking about Thork.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uMEE7eaaUA
Title: Re: Need an office/computer desk
Post by: Baby Thork on August 11, 2018, 06:37:24 PM
Got the second lamp for the right side installed. Still waiting on my new PC speakers.

Went with the Bose companion 2 Series III speakers. Don't have a separate sub, but I don't really need one. These should suffice.

https://youtu.be/XL12amVnqKM?t=2m
Title: Re: Need an office/computer desk
Post by: Baby Thork on August 13, 2018, 03:44:26 PM
And those speakers sucked and are going back tomorrow. My inbuilt sound from the 6 speakers in my AIO is better.