I build a desk for my workstation – living room compatible!

I build my own desk

I build a desk, which let me use my desktop computer in the living room without risking a divorce. Here are the plans and some photos.

Preamble

As rents in the city are high, the space in our flat is limited. Thus, when my daughter got her own room, I had to abandon my office and seek asylum in the living room.

After the first gaming session it was pretty obvious that I have to make adjustments to the setup. For example, I had to get rid of that lovely blue-switch keyboard and replace it with a less noisy version – or find another family 😛

The second thing was not that obvious. I had to find a solution for the “mess” my setup brought into the public space.

It is a mid-tower Desktop PC with two full-size GPUs (running Linux with an Windows virtual machine for gaming) using two displays, which have later been replaced by a 34″ curved monitor.

I needed a desk with:

  • a small footprint,
  • which blends into the room (at least when not in use),
  • is ready for use (fast),
  • bonus points if it is usable as furniture when not in use

The desk design

Based on endless pinterest researches I have created the following design in Sketchup.

While the collapsed desk has a depth of just 23cm. Still it allows me to store my whole setup – including the tower, two displays (later one giant curved monitor) plus accessories.

The desk itself is 121cm high and 104cm wide. The reason for these slightly odd numbers was the space estimation for the for the two displays.

The final result

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