Today’s featured workspace is an amalgam of free and cheap stuff. Free furniture, inexpensive rope lights, and not so inexpensive monitors are combined together in a mood-lit lair right out of a vintage film.
Lifehacker reader SwissKnight is a fan of rope lights. How big a fan? Big enough to use over 300 feet worth of them in his apartment. He writes:
In 2006 I moved away from home to attend film school in a city some 600km away. At the time I had almost no furniture, and the distance meant I couldn’t bring what little I had.
As it turns out though, it’s pretty easy to find furniture when you have the benefit of both living in a condo complex and attending a school that relies on people to donate spare stuff for set pieces. Over the course of a year and a half I managed to get a couple desks, chairs, coffee tables, and all manner of other things that various people either didn’t want or my school didn’t have use for.
The ropelights were originally purchased by a classmate for use as scene lighting, and I managed to buy them for what I thought was a pretty good price. There’s something like 300 feet of ropelight in this place, circling the room at both the ceiling and ground level, as well as lighting the desks, a big wall mural, and illuminating the kitchen counter.
Finally, after graduating and getting various freelance work film editing, I could finally afford proper furniture, but decided to spend it all on monitors instead. A good choice if you ask me.
The setup on the left is the main editing machine and does most of the heavy work in Adobe After Effects. The machine on the right was build out of spare parts gained from various upgrades, and is usually used to render out longer sequences leaving me free to continue editing on the main computer.
Ropelight City: The Nearly Free Office [Lifehacker Workspace Show and Tell Pool]