Before And After: The Tiny Study

When you move from one place to another and attempt to fit the furniture and gear from your old office into your new one, sometimes you can run into problems. Today's featured workspace highlights an excellent before and after makeover.

Lifehacker reader Dave Bach made over his small study with some fresh paint, new window treatment and an awesome custom-built desk. He writes:

My study was a poorly laid out place - I'd simply transplanted the same design from my previous house into the new room - it didn't feel spacious, and although it had plenty of storage, it was always full and felt cluttered. The radiator was under the desk so I was always kicking it or getting hot feet. I got back pain from sitting at the the low desk all day, and the PC sounded like a jet engine whenever you opened an app. As the monitor backed on to the window, I was always battling to see the screen as it would be silhouetted by any outside light coming in. So I bought a new PC and decided I needed a new desk to go along with it. After plenty of searching, but not finding anything that would fit the bill (good height, ability to conceal all wires and unused gadgets, etc), I decided to build my own.

It needed to make the room feel more spacious, while holding all the useful files, gadgets, wires, etc, that I need. I wanted to move my old PS3 to the study too, so that the quieter slim could takeover iPlayer and streaming duties in the lounge. Any extra space gained would be used to put a nice chair so I can play my guitar and PS3 in peace.

I've been itching to start a wood working course, but it's always cancelled at the last minute - so my wood working skills are pretty much what you see is what you get - no funky dove tails here - it's basic butt joints, pine, and MDF all the way!

The new setup looks fantastic and with enough design flair to belong in a magazine. Excellent work Dave and a great example of how a little DIY magic gets you exactly what you want and how you want it. Check out the before, in progress and after pictures at the link below.

Before and After: The Tiny Study [Lifehacker Workspace Show and Tell Pool]


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