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March 20, 2006

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There is a cute little article in this Sunday's City Section about a woman in Park Slope in search of the perfect desk. This hit home for me. My tiny desk suited me well until I began to take classes. Now, with the influx of books, papers, and other things that need to be spread out, the structure is obsolete. I need a new desk but cannot find anything that both suits my purposes and is aesthetically pleasing.

Any suggestions? Ideally, Lex would have the same setup on the other side of the room (though he has several monitors and other video editing hoo-ha that takes up more space).

Posted by callalillie at March 20, 2006 7:08 AM | Home Improvement , Inquiry


build your own desks!

Posted by: tien at March 20, 2006 9:13 AM

Yeah, but what should they look like? We're clueless.

Posted by: corie at March 20, 2006 9:26 AM

Hey there - is always a good resource for these types of questions, not only can you search past posts referencing your dilemna but you can also shoot them and email with a picture and they may post it and have the numerous posters help you.
Good luck!

Posted by: Manuchao at March 20, 2006 9:39 AM

I've built my own out of saw-horse style legs from (the dreaded) IKEA and an old, painfully refinished door (6 layers of white, cream, tan and pink paints). It was a swinging door to an old pantry so has some funky hinges and no doorknob hole (though those are good for controlling cords)...

Posted by: vicki at March 20, 2006 10:24 AM

I'd echo the 'build your own'. I looked for the perfect desk and couldn't find it. My compromise was a door (bought new and then finished with stain and lots of layers of some kind of lacquer) on top of 2 filing cabinets. Its not that unattractive and is very, very useful. I even installed a keyboard tray to put the keyboard at the right ergonomic height. I"ll send a pic off line.

Posted by: xath at March 20, 2006 10:56 AM

This is cool. But it's $4600.

Posted by: Bill at March 20, 2006 11:49 AM

I'm still all about the Ikea, sorry! My boyfriend just ordered one for his apartment...and he has lots of multi-media equipment, etc.

Posted by: Nancy at March 20, 2006 1:23 PM

i like the idea of making a desk. i wish that i was handier and had more tools. ikea was one of the first places i looked but i didn't see anything that i remotely liked. i think that the problem is that what i really want is an old children's drafting table-- which is beautiful but so not what i need.

Posted by: corie at March 20, 2006 1:37 PM

I quite like this

Posted by: Cindy at March 20, 2006 3:57 PM

build up the windowsill to the height of the desk, then buy a piece of tempered glass the width of the window for your desk surface. Use the existing desk as a support for the other end of the glass

Posted by: peter at March 20, 2006 6:08 PM

That's a beautiful picture. Maybe you could get some sturdy brackets and make a giant shelf along that wall. Put the monitors or laptops on that, then have other shelves for speakers and whatnot. Does Mr. Irving still use the cradle for his davening?

Posted by: Divaah46 at March 20, 2006 9:34 PM

really nice desk and chair on sale at:

Posted by: isabel at March 21, 2006 11:20 AM

Gothic Cabinet and Craft have small Shaker dining room tables that would make a perfect desk.

Posted by: brinx at March 21, 2006 9:55 PM

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