The integrated desk


Since it happens to be the day after a nice holiday break, many of us are finding ourselves back in front of our desk once again. Perhaps some of you never left it the entire weekend. In any case, it seems fitting to take a look at a few interesting integrated desks we’ve come across lately. Follow through after the break to see our favorites.


Cable management seems to be a constant struggle for many of us, do we have too many electronics? Probably, but how can one effectively manage the cable clutter? [Van Mardian] came up with a nice solution that only required about $30 in parts from a local hardware store. Using a pegboard mounted under the desk itself he was able to hide most of his wires and even some peripherals. The comments have a lot of other examples.


For those who live in a closet or perhaps a New York apartment, available space can sometimes be an issue. Thankfully a Romanian design company called MTI Impex has created the cube PC desk. Unfortunately we couldn’t find additional information such as plans, but it doesn’t look like it would be too hard to construct.


Similar to the previous example this normal looking trunk converts into a mini cubicle on wheels. From Japan, this melamine resin trunk comes complete with a fold out desk and several pre-drilled holes for cables. Ordering is available on the official site, but will set you back $2000US.


Lastly, we have the desk that inspired this post as it made its way around the net today. This beauty is like a mullet, all business up front with a party in the back. From a 1947 edition of Popular Mechanics this “dream desk” is just aces with all the features a modern executive needs. Yes, it has a 6 tube radio, dictating equipment, and even an electrical convenience outlet. More importantly, the backside (or play side) is equipped to turn any office into party central with its fridge and other spirit related fineries. Toss in a safe and we can only imagine this desk weighed more than its short lifespan was worth.

If you have come across an interesting desk hack, or have created one yourself, please let us know in the comments.

Comments

  1. Sam says:

    I need to get a new desk.

  2. happypinguin says:

    Nice.

    My wall cork board also works well to hold the router and wifi access point.

  3. Frank says:

    Well, here’s my desk “hack” from a few years ago -

    http://www.franksemails.com/mydesktop.html

    Featuring 3 screens, a bar fridge and slippers…

  4. I had a fridge under my desk too at one point. Here is what im currently using:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/seanpercival/2095908579/

    Please note it is almost never this clean.

  5. I think I have a desk under here somewhere?

  6. aleks clark says:

    This is what I’m using right now:

    http://flickr.com/photos/sweeperpix/2466859986/in/set-72157604271672475/

    not too fancy, but I think I will definitely being doing this pegboard hack to take care of that cable mess in the corner.

  7. dragonsdoom says:

    i wish i had a nice desk. mine has barely enough space to put my keyboard and mouse.

    hopefully that will change soon enough, i should draw up some plans.

  8. Skyler Orlando says:

    I can only imagine Dilbert getting moved into one of those mini-cubicles. ;)

  9. darus67 says:

    Here’s my desk/shelving unit shortly after assembly.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/darus67/476916419/

  10. Tycoon says:

    Here is my desk. Its actually pretty clean. Not a lot of work space but I have a table behind me for that.

    http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa19/Tycoon5000/03-11-08_1950.jpg

  11. fawkes says:
  12. Blair Thompson says:

    I made an integrated desk some time ago. I posted it on Silentpcreview shortly after building it.

    http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=23726&highlight=justblair+stealth+desk

    However since then the link to the photo’s has since disapeared. They are available at

    http://s65.photobucket.com/albums/h219/justblair/silent%20stealth%20desk/

    Basicly its built out of old pc hardware, built into a desk which is integtrated to the room. The desk is wall mounted, hotel room style. Its still in use back at my old flat. The pc is still intact and in daily use.

  13. WmD says:

    I just use a drafting table. This one, I think:
    http://www.alvinco.com/shopping/family_sale_0_familyid_8513_cat_144

    I never knew how much I’d like working on a tilted table, but I do.

    And you’re sure to notice the integrated foot rest, which is totally awesome.

  14. cirrus says:

    maybe it would be cool if the design would clap open automatically when pussed on a button not shown directly or with a remote or something. I’ve seen you guys make such cool things so I think you are capable of pulling this off.

  15. sj says:

    my “desk hack” was me punching off the front side of a drawer and realizing it would make a great place for a mouse. Not as cool as some things, but hey, it works, and it was free.

    http://sj.arc-nova.org/b/P0001986.JPG

  16. steve price says:

    I recently built my desk and I think it is pretty awesome http://theansible.org/pix/room/new/index.html

    It may take a moment or two to load……

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  19. D.Tamplin says:

    After decades of working with computers, I finally settled on a desk setup that meets almost all my needs. It consists of a 4’x8′ 3/4″ exterior plywood sheet (with or without a smooth coating on one side) supported by a 2-drawer file cabinet under each end. On top at each end is half (3′ high) of a 3’x1.5′ 6′ wire shelving unit, with a third centered for holding the monitor and other stuff. The shelves are adjustable, have min. loading capacities of >200 lbs. per shelf, and the open tops of the inner shelves supporting poles make good “sockets” for adjustable goose-neck lamps. All the wires, converters &c. hang off the far side. There’s plenty of easily accessable space for all the devices (computer box(es), printer(s), plotter(s), scanner(s), monitor(s), modem(s), router(s), speakers, &c.) and more, and a mini-fridge of the appropriate height can also be used instead of one of the file cabinets.

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    After decades of working with computers, I finally settled on a desk setup that meets almost all my needs. It consists of a 4’x8′ 3/4″ exterior plywood sheet (with or without a smooth coating on one side) supported by a 2-drawer file cabinet under each end. On top at each end is half (3′ high) of a 3’x1.5′ 6′ wire shelving unit, with a third centered for holding the monitor and other stuff. The shelves are adjustable, have min. loading capacities of >200 lbs. per shelf, and the open tops of the inner shelves supporting poles make good “sockets” for adjustable goose-neck lamps. All the wires, converters &c. hang off the far side. There’s plenty of easily accessable space for all the devices (computer box(es), printer(s), plotter(s), scanner(s), monitor(s), modem(s), router(s), speakers, &c.) and more, and a mini-fridge of the appropriate height can also be used instead of one of the file cabinets.

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