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Blog entry by Matt posted 1885 days ago 4409 reads 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently after I completed a dresser for my mom, (you can check it out in my projects). It came out real nice and what not. Well so nice that my father was impressed. He wants me to build all new kitchen cabinets but first he wants me to build all new furniture for my bedroom. I thought great! I was planning on it anyway. But here comes the problem. I want to build a new computer desk first. So here is my problem. I’m having a brain fart on how to go about it.

Since my computer desk is going to dictate the rest of the furniture in my room I want it to come out right. I plan on using my desk for my computer (yea no kiddin) but also planning and drawing out projects and also for paper work for my job (self employed sub contractor). So I need lots of room but I have a small space to work with. My room is 12’x10’. Here is the layout I’m shooting for to get the most out of my room. Any input on that would be great also.

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a357/zerologic/roomlayout.jpg

But back to the desk. I was throwing around the idea of a corner desk and using the mission style. The desk is at the top right corner. Now here’s my problem. I need file drawers. One will do but more the merrier and I need a “junk” drawer as well. But I’m a rather big kid, six foot and change, so I need my leg room. If I put the drawers on either side of the desk I ruin the leg room that I need. Any suggestions? I don’t have to stick with the corner style but I though it would be great for paper work.

I plan on using black walnut for the legs, MDF with maple burl veneer for the panels and a nice hard maple top. And doing a design on the drawer faces with cherry or bubinga inlays.

Sorry for the long post and I hope it makes sense but I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place. Any input or guidence would be great!

-- Hold on! Let me get the board stretcher!



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a1Jim

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#1 posted 1885 days ago

Hey Matt
It seems you are trying to get 100lbs of potatoes in a 50lb sack. To me it seems you would be better to convert your closet into a built in desk with a shelf. and build a separate armoire for your clothes.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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patron

12957 posts in 1940 days


#2 posted 1885 days ago

what is the square thing in front and left of desk ,can you store files under it ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Matt

208 posts in 2348 days


#3 posted 1885 days ago

Jim- I plan on getting a junker dresser and throwing it in my closet. That would open enough room to please me for now. I don’t even want to open my closet with all the crap that is in it. :p

David- That is my night stand. That will store some of my books that I have to much of and my manly accessories. :p

-- Hold on! Let me get the board stretcher!

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patron

12957 posts in 1940 days


#4 posted 1885 days ago

how about under the bed can you make it high enoug to have storage there ?
or floor to cieling book shelves ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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ahock

102 posts in 1923 days


#5 posted 1885 days ago

What about doing a double decker bed on the top wall? Have your bed like a bunk and do a desk with shelves underneath it. You can have the bed in the corner towards the right and have your desk come out of the corner towards the tv to have a corner desk. Is this making sense?? I’ll try and do a sketch-up and put it up here if I can…

-- Andy, PA ~Finding satisfaction in creation

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Matt

208 posts in 2348 days


#6 posted 1885 days ago

David -I really don’t have that much stuff to store though. For my desk wise. Like I said one file drawer and a junk drawer would do. I need the writing and drawing space.

ahock- I’m not all to sure on what you mean.

Like I said its just a bunch of papers that are cluttered on my desk right now. I have really no space to lay out plans or do any paper work on.
I was leaning towards the corner type of desk because one side I can have my computer and the other I can use to write on. Its just I really do not have any idea how to place the drawers. I’d like to keep them within arms reach from the desk. Would I be better off making a regular style desk?

I’m trying not to sound like a jerk but this has me so frustrated. I’m usually good with this type of stuff too!

-- Hold on! Let me get the board stretcher!

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patron

12957 posts in 1940 days


#7 posted 1885 days ago

how about ahead board deep enough to keep stuff on top and wide enough to be end tables on top and
file stuff under that , you can just spin around from desk and have drawer there ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Matt

208 posts in 2348 days


#8 posted 1885 days ago

That’s a great idea. I’m not sure if I’m replacing my bed though, so I’d have to check with my father. Now you got me thinkin!

I was thinking about a desk that would look something like this.

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a357/zerologic/roomdesk.jpg

Bare with me I’m still gettin use to Sketchup.

-- Hold on! Let me get the board stretcher!

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patron

12957 posts in 1940 days


#9 posted 1885 days ago

you got me beat ,i got the instruction but not the time to use it .
i just bloged first time on monday .
im new to computers and never had used a digital camera before .
if all els fails , knock out a wall and make more room (quietly so dad doesn’t notice )

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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ajosephg

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#10 posted 1885 days ago

Here is a photo of my computer desk that I built about 15 years ago, and it has served me well.

Coomputer Desk

As you can it see it is a corner unit. The overall length of each side from end to corner is just short of 7 feet. Each side table is about 44 inches. The corner table has one leg in the back, and the sides rest on a stickey out thing I built on each corner table. The corner table has a slide out keyboard tray that is wide enough for a mouse pad. The left table bottom drawer is a file drawer and 2 “junk” drawers above it. The right table has a slide out shelf originally designed for a printer. Since then printers have gotten bigger so now it is just a slide out junk tray. If I were to do it again, I’d make the slide out tray larger so the printer/s could be moved off the top of the right table.

It is made of oak plywood (3/4 and 1/4). Oak is used for the face frames, etc.

Sorry about the picture focus, but hopefully it’s clear enough for you to figure it out.

-- Joe

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John Gray

2370 posts in 2484 days


#11 posted 1885 days ago

I have a corner desk like ajosephg’s above and I love it.
The only other suggestion I have off the top of my head would be to put your TV at the foot of your be on a wall mounted bracket that would free up some of your floor space and allow you to make one side of the desk longer for more counter space and storage.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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jlsmith5963

297 posts in 1947 days


#12 posted 1884 days ago

Matt, as a sub I assume there are times when you are reviewing arch dwgs at your desk and you must know that the current size of your desk doesn’t accommodate a typical sheet size (30×40). It sounds like you have gotten a little ahead of yourself design wise. One of the most important aspects of any custom project is to develop an detailed spec for the project. When your both the client and the builder it can be very hard to force yourself to be disciplined enough to develop a detailed spec but I assure you it will help you design something that really fits your needs.

couple of other things:
I think ahock is suggesting that you raise your bed on a frame as if it was the top bunk of a bunk bed. While it will have limited head room, you can use the floor space under the bed for other things. It is something that is done in college dorms all the time.

Finally, I would advise against breaking the continuous work surface of whatever desk you design. You are always going to want more desktop space and stepping the work surface effectively takes one large surface and breaks it into two smaller surfaces.

-- criticism: the art of analyzing and evaluating the quality of an artistic work...

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ahock

102 posts in 1923 days


#13 posted 1884 days ago

Matt, I did a sketch-up model but don’t know how to post it here. Here are a few pics of it though.

Bunk Bed Desk 1

Bunk Bed Desk 2

Does anyone know how to post a sketch-up file? If anyone would like the model, just email me and I’ll send it to you.

-- Andy, PA ~Finding satisfaction in creation

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doyoulikegumwood

384 posts in 2591 days


#14 posted 1884 days ago

here’s another idea, trash the tv stand and put a tv card on your computer then you have room for filing cabinets just a thought

-- I buy tools so i can make more money,so ican buy more tools so I can work more, to make more money, so I can buy more tool, so I can work more

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newTim

554 posts in 2205 days


#15 posted 1884 days ago

Push your bed against the wall under the window. Then build a large fold down drawing table mounted on the wall between the door and the closet. That way you can spread large plans out without crowding your desk. If you have hard floors you can get a rolling chair to go between the corner desk and the drawing table.

-- tim hill www.newcalshop.com

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