Today's featured workspace doesn't just have a small plant on the desk, it has a Bonsai garden built into the desk — complete with moss, stones and a sand garden.
Lifehacker reader Pat Cullen wanted to spruce up his office but not just with a simple desk cleaning and coat of paint on the wall. Inspired by the wheat-grass monitor shelf in a previous workspace — The Organic-Shelf Office — he set up a monitor shelf with a novel splash of plant life. He writes:
Inspired by featured workspaces, I set out to enhance my own. Over Christmas I made a shelf to fit my office desk at work. The best thing about it is how it frees up space on my desk. I can now push my keyboard back and have plenty of room for paper work.
- 5mm power wood. Hollow inside. Dark vanish 3 times with sanding in between.
- The bonsai/garden. 1 inch deep trench that shallows out at the ends. Water is drained at the centre by the water crystals (blue balls).
- The laptop stand can be removed.
- Cable management: Several holes on the back to feed cables in and out.
- Underneath/hidden power plug embedded into shelf.
- Underneath/hidden USB port.
- Underneath/hidden power switches to control lamps and 2ndry monitor power.
This was a fairly ad-lib woodwork project for me (I'm still a beginner in the workshop), so had to improvise a couple of things to get it to all fit inside that shelf.
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