Home Office and Desk Tour — A Designer’s Workspace

I wanted to optimize the space for my creative needs overall my goal was to have an office that is clean and minimal in Design the first step: cleaning up. when we first started this project my wife and I were in the middle of redoing our bedroom the home office became a storage closet it was a mess.


boxes everywhere lots of old stuff you can hoarding for years and just way too many computers and devices it took a hard look at every object in the room and ask myself does this object do I use the soften is this important if it wasn’t an emphatic yes to any of those questions that I sent them to donation or the trash the next thing on the list with the consolidate computer gear between my wife and I we have too many machines and devices many were Legacy computers we held onto since our school days so I wiped what we weren’t you once the space was Queen.

Daniel Korpai @danielkorpai
Daniel Korpai @danielkorpai

I wanted to update the next on the list was the foundation of my workspace the desk one of the big long desk made of solid wood I look at mini tabletop options but ended up getting and oak kitchen countertop from Ikea for the base I use the pair of Alex which I already had for my previous. Because it was pretty heavy and difficult to move around wood was untreated for hair supply the Finish myself a note here don’t make the same mistake I did and put your hot coffee on untreated wood as a big No-No to fix that moisture damage diet cost and prep the surface or finish I sanded down the wood I started with a course 120 grit sandpaper and finished off with a 320 fine grit after researching the different options Slackers and oils I ended up going with a Danish oil finish this provided a good balance of the natural earthy look of an oil change while operating the moisture protection of blacker next day it’s still felt a little sticky and was a little too shiny from my face so I wipe it down with a little bit of linseed oil and sanded down the top layer with my 320 grit sandpaper this left my desk incredibly smooth to the touch with my desk finally prep I was ready to set up my Hardware I work on Mac and PC I use my MacBook for everyday tasks like browsing writing and designing while I use my PC for heavy task play 3D rendering.

previously I had to figure out a smart way to incorporate both into a single desk but it was back and forth between devices softer a lot of research I found the Logitech craft keyboard in the master MX 2s Mount was the best solution for my situation with the touch of a button I can easily click-through and control each device I love the low profile design the tactile feel of the keys and the Beautiful look for the materials because they match the rest of my setup also the ergonomics of the keyboard and mouse are amazing underneath that I’m using a felt pad is a soft surface for my hands and my devices to sit on it also serve to break up my desk for my monitor I’m using an ultra-wide display from Dell the past I’ve used the dual monitor setup but I prefer having one big screen with lots of real estate for all of my windows and like my keyboard and mouse I can easily switch between my Mac and PC who are comfortably for many hours at a time while maintaining a good posture I invested in a few things could share a footrest and a monitor stand the chair was probably the most important purchase since I spend most of my time in it at home I’ve been rocking a beat-up IKEA chair for the past decade and I was way overdue for an upgrade. Eration I opted to get the Rhino chair which was incredibly comfortable and quite minimal in its design it’s adjustable in all the right places in comes in some really nice material finishes to reinforce good posture address to help me sit back in my chair bonus the monitor stand creative small pocket to tuck my keyboard in if I ever needed more to space to work because I switched ask between shooting designing and I needed a good way to organize my gear I wanted my most use items to be within Arm’s Reach so I arranged everything based off of that I bought a modular pegboard system to hold my accessories my camera gear writing materials and my headphones wires and adapters over my desk and stole the Shelf to make use of the vertical space in my room this is where I store my secondary labeled boxes in non-physical places across the room and display my collectibles in a nice way to keep my space looking clean I decided to hide my wires from site do that I used some cable ties and adhesive hooks to route and manage all of my cables behind my desk for the things that would rarely be unplugged and PC I took the power strip on the floor beneath my desk for the things I need to unplug often I install another power strip on the side of my desk just gave me accessible power while still keeping the wire connectors and charger for my laptop I use a weighted cable organizers to keep them readily available while I enjoy the minimal design and openness at the space I wanted to make sure there was still some character to it I follow a lot of artists on Instagram whenever I can I purchase their artwork like you saw earlier I have a small collection of toys and Pens game conventions and events easier to remind myself not to grow up too quickly and to add some color to the space to complete the setup I keep this lightly scented candle in a mini Cactus on my desk that’s my home office I’ve been working in it for a couple of weeks now and I’ve got to say it has made a huge impact on my productivity focus and just general enjoyment of being in space yes it does get a little cluttered from time to time but because I’ve developed a better standard and system to get things organized I find it fairly easy to maintain this was a big project took about two months on the weekends and many trips to the store for me to complete I didn’t know how the things I know know about designing a good word space.