I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s time for a new desk. I actually came to the conclusion months ago, but I’ve finally accepted that it’s time to make the change.
In case you haven’t read my past blog entries (in which case you’re not my best friend anymore) here’s a picture of my current desk situation.
You might notice the shocking curve in that middle shelf and the dangerous angle at which those top shelves are leaning. This is what it should look like.
Well, that’s what it would look like if you bought it today. Unfortunately, I bought my desk when I started university…which somehow was almost ten years ago. Sigh.
Anyway, I bought this desk when I started university and thought it was going to be great. There are many problems with this desk, however. Major problem one – there are no drawers. This desk is seriously deceiving in storage. It has all those shelves, so you think it’s great, but really everything just lays everywhere.
Problem number two – it’s so big. Like, really, really big. Especially since we have laptops and no desktop anymore. It’s just too big and has no useful space.
Problem three – it’s at a weird height. I don’t know what the deal is with this desk, but the height seems off. See, I’ve mentioned before that I’m a court reporter in real life and I type transcripts at home on a freelance basis for another court. So, I spend a lot of time typing and proofreading at the desk. I found the desk top was too high to type and hurt my back (I measured it, and it’s 76 cm high) and the keyboard try seems too low (it’s 66 cm high) and makes my hands fall asleep.
Problem number four, it is a bitch to put together. It’s only made out of particle board, but htose pieces are so heavy! My desk has been moved a total of eight times that I can recall – sometimes needing to be disassembled to do the move, other times being moved in one piece. This last time when Jagger and I tried to put it together at the new house there was literally a moment where I was on all fours under the desk (shh, it was serious) supporting the main part of the desk on my head/back while Jagger tried to switch the side pieces because we’d put them on backwards. In the process of this final assembly, lock bolts fell out, chunks of particle board fell with it, dowling snapped…suffice it to say, I’m a little wary of the desk in its current state.
So, I’m on the hunt for a new desk. It’s hard to find one that fits in the space I want, still has lots of workspace so I can spread things out when I’m proofreading and can hold two laptops and is, of course, cheap. Because I’m super cheap.
My problem is that I want something vintage and Mad Men awesome like this…
“Yes, Mr. Draper I’ll have that ready straight away.”
But, I think it will end up being too ginormous and not be the right height for typing.
And I think I could fit a keyboard in that top desk, but I think I would rather have drawers to my left and the corners look rusted.
I’m interested in this one
that’s for sale on Kijiji, if only because the guy says he would trade for beer. Classic.
But I don’t know if it’s quite what I’m looking for.
This one from Jysk is super duper cheap, which is awesome, but I think the height is wrong and it might be too small for proofreading. And, it’s not terribly pretty.
I really, really, really like this one at IKEA, because I can mount that sliding part on either side of the desk and that would give me the spare room when I’m proofing, but I don’t know if I $200 like it…
I know, I know. I’m being ridiculously cheap.
I like this IKEA one
a lot too, but the height isn’t right, and I would have to mount a keyboard tray underneath to try and correct it. Plus, it’s $170, which I also think is too expensive.
So here are my el cheapo favourites from IKEA so far. Item number one is just a simple table. It’s the right height though (70 cm, so right in between my current too high/too low level) and it’s only $40. There’s no storage though, which might be a problem.
Or there’s option number two
which gets extra points for cuteness when you see it in blue like this…
It’s just your basic computer cart though, and I think it’s the same height as my current desk. Plus, the counter isn’t huge, which would be hard with two laptops. It is only $60 though.
Why can’t awesome things be super cheap or free? Why can’t I build my own furniture?
What do you guys think? Any suggestions? What kind of desk do you prefer?