So, The Fiance and I both work from home. We’re also both video game dorks. With that comes a need for 2 work spaces and various gamer-intricacies. For example – my monitor is 32″… and The Fiance rolls with 2 monitors that are 27″ each.
Small desks won’t cut it here. Also, we don’t really want to be segregated from the rest of the family (read: kiddo(s)) if we are on our computers, because we both spend a greater-than-average amount of time sitting at the computer.. For either work or pleasure.
And finally – I didn’t want a side-by-side-looking-at-a-wall-or-out-a-window linear configuration for a number of reasons.
- I’d really prefer not to have my back to Monkey or the rest of the family when I am working.. it’s not very conducive to conversations. It also encourages little eyes over my shoulder when I’m on the internet and I’m not a huge fan of that.
- I didn’t want my family room to be the background when I am using Skype to connect with a client. It takes away from the professionalism a bit when you see my child hopping around in the background, playing Wii.
- I’d really rather see The Fiance’s face when we’re both at the computer, as opposed to his back or the side of his head, etc.
So, I went internet hunting for a possible set up that would could DIY. We originally saw this in IKEA:
This had a couple of problems. First, it was $610 for that set up. That’s a bit steep. Also, I don’t really like the legs at all. And finally – it has ZERO storage. I’d be paying $610 for a funny-shaped table. No drawers, no shelves, nothing. So, we continued to hunt and brainstorm.
Then I came across a post on IKEA Hackers. The guy who posted it turned some IKEA Expedit units into the support for a desk and used Vika Amon Tabletops to build a super big workstation for two! There are many things to love about this.
First, I already own those exact IKEA Expedit pieces. In my bedroom, I’m sporting (2) 2×4 and (1) 2×2 units. We talked about it, and The Fiance would also like a 2×2 on his side, so we’ll need to buy one more, in addition to the table tops, but that brings us from $610.00 down to about $112. Considerable savings! Plus, it just looks so much better and HOLY COW, the storage!
I’m most definitely excited to bring this together.