After my move to my very own flat I took the opportunity to ‘upgrade’ my office desk setup.
To do this I had several requirements set for my new desk space:
- cost price shouldn’t be all too high;
- needs to fit the general style used throughout my flat;
- clutter free;
- clean and minimal;
Simple, but maybe too simple…?
Somewhere, deep down, I knew I would end up at Ikea, so I made the mistake of just fetching one of Ikea’s basic desk pieces. I ended up buying the very simple Malm desk (Ikea article code: 702.141.92).
Don’t get me wrong, it is a great functional desk but it wasn’t really wat I was looking for.
Around a month ago I decided to sell my 2 24″ screens and buy 1 ultra-wide monitor.
The monitor I eventually bought (again: I try to keep cost prices to a minimum) was the 29″ LG 25UM58-P. By this time I realized that the Ikea Malm desk wasn’t really what I wanted. The desk quickly looked way to cluttered.
So when I finally stumbled upon a Youtube video by David Zhang, I knew I had to have that desk setup!
The new setup
Obviously I couldn’t just copy his setup. The height-adjustable system was just slightly too expensive (over € 500!) to invest in it. I own a pretty decent chair already and am not too big of a guy so height wasn’t really an issue.
I started out by buying the (very heavy) kitchen worktop from Ikea: the walnut KARLBY (003.352.01).
For supports I bought two simple ODDVALD Trestles (101.189.71).
Off course, one does not simply just buy what he needs at Ikea and my shopping card also contained a black USB led work lamp (003.213.98).
For daily use I choose for a wireless keyboard and mouse setup to, again, prevent clutter when wiring them up.
The mouse has a sensor that is not positioned in the middle, so moving left and right with your mouse is a bit getting used too.
In the end I also ended up still using a secondary monitor which comes in handy while you are gaming or want to watch a movie on the side while working.
The end result
… turned out to be exactly what I wanted, thank you Youtube, David Z. and Ikea!