I’m finding that drawing up plans to build the perfect desk is slightly more difficult than, say, a bathroom vanity. The latter, as far as I’m concerned, has one purpose– hand washing– whereas my desk needs to work as an inspirational space, a place to sit down and get to work, and the organizing hub of my entire life.
I’m learning some things from my two primary work spaces.
First, my somewhat temporary office at the house.
- The top of this desk is an old solid door with tiles on top, which means it weighs approximately 284 lbs. Okay, slight exaggeration, but it’s well over 100 lbs, which means it is a royal pain in the ass to move around.
- The drawers on the right aren’t exactly roomy, and clearly I can’t even find the top one which is indicative of the state of my life at the moment.
- The legs (stained 4×4’s) are attached with a couple of 4″ screws through the top which makes it difficult to disassemble and reassemble and isn’t the most stable construction method ever.
- Here’s what I have to say about organization: There is none. Give me another week and there will be papers piled everywhere but the 12″ space in front of the computer. Kind of like this…
That’s my day-job workspace on a good day.
Again, you can see there are cords and stacks of paper everywhere. So what I’ve learned is:
- The more space I have the more crap I collect.
- Apparently I have a problem filing and/or organizing papers
- Important things need to be directly in front of my face, or I won’t remember them.
Understanding these things, I’ve started to sketch out some different desk ideas.
- A small clear area for the computer
- A space for papers
- A space for charging things (most notably the Kindle and camera)
- A dedicate spot for the computer other than the floor or taking up space on the desk top
All I’ve decided about the actual look of it is that the top of the desk will be made from three 2×12’s joined together. Whether I create storage in the “legs” or as a hutch behind the desk remains to be seen.
Here are some things that have caught my eye: