Why Change Desks?
I have been using my desk more in 2020 than in all the years I have had the house. I spend every single workday with it. As a result, I have had issues I never would have known about. First off, my current desk is just too short for me. I am 6’5, so it isn’t a surprise. I ignored it when I would only be working on it for a few hours a week (or less), but when you spend over 40 hours a week with it, it cannot be ignored.
My desk at the company’s office is one of those old hand crank models. It is too short at its highest point to use for standing, but I like being able to put the desk at the proper height when sitting. I guess it is the inspiration for my new desk.
I am sure I would have been happy with several other options, but I went with them because they were giving away a lot of stuff with the purchase over the holidays and I had a $75 off coupon. I guess it is kind of a coin flip, but there are things that I can add down the road that seemed to set it apart.
How does it fit in the space?
It is more narrow than my current desk. That is actually a good thing because I have to pull it away from the wall a bit so that when I raise it up, it doesn’t hit my wall mounted TV. The things I have on that extra 10 inches or so space on the current desk can easily be moved. The USB BluRay drive should probably go in a drawer since it gets so little use. Since, I will be sitting a little closer to the monitor, I may add an arm mount if it feels too close. That would allow me to move it back to the wall when I am sitting and pull it forward when standing. I will wait and see just how everything feels to be sure before I try making more changes.
I also have to move the SACD triangle rack I have on the wall. I may move it up higher or just move the SACDS to a "CD Wallet" and throw out the cases...like I have already done to most of my CDs. Not sure yet. I will have to see how high it needs to be mounted first, but I can already tell it will be in the way.
I got a few accessories to hold me over for now (will have a review of those things once I have everything setup). However, I am interested in their rolling “under desk” cabinet, but may get that down the road or try to find something similar that costs less. I have a closet door that needs to be opened on occasion to the left of the desk, so I would like to be able to roll the cabinet into that area when the door is closed and roll it under the desk when I need to open the door. This will give me more space for my legs most of the time. I have a mesh drawer system under the desk now and it has gotten beat up and the drawers are bent and hard to open, so something in better shape will need to be added at some point.
A couple notes about one accessory
The one thing that I am really looking forward to is the castor wheels. I can’t tell you what a pain it is to get behind the current desk when I change something out. When I need to remove something, half the time, I just unplug that thing from above the desk and just leave the power brick plugged in until I can get behind it again. Cord management becomes a nightmare…. I did that over a weekend once, but failed to realize that tying everything up and pushing the desk back to the wall makes even the slightest changes a complete nightmare. With the wheels, I can just unplug it from the wall and pull it out into the room. So much better! The wheels also make the desk taller, which is another major upside!
To Wrap Up
These are just a few notes until I can get everything up and running. It is a huge endeavor because of all the cables and wires I have running behind the desk. I know that all the work it will cause will be worth it, though. I will post an update when it is all wrapped up!
Below is one of the last pics of the setup. However, I will try to see if I have one since I added the Tivoo Max. Not sure if I have one, so this may be it...