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canyoneer
Sep 13, 2005
I only have canyoneyes for you

Tedronai66 posted:

Upgrade from a crank standing desk to a motor powered one (kept the same black top I had). This one is the base I ended up buying. Free shipping took about a week. ~20 M6/M8 screws and you're done. Needed 8 M6x1.0-13mm threaded inserts for my desk top (Ace hardware or online) to mount it with the provided machine screws. This thing is sturdy as hell. It's pretty solid steel.



Pondering monitor arm (or dual) and a second monitor. I wish the s2716DG had a non gsync version that didn't cost 400+ bux. Makes for great coding screen real estate.

I wish the new Corsair K63 they announced at CES came in cherry browns, I'd be on those things in a heartbeat (gently caress cables).

Getting the cables whipped into shape still, but this stuff and these guys work wonders. Jeebus help me whenever I have to move again.

Just don't look under the desk



Next step, the junk to the left of the desk:


OK, so a month deep into this desk, how's the wobble? Reviews on amazon are mixed as to the level of wobble.

I'm planning on getting one of these and an Ikea Gerton table top and staining it like this guy did
https://imgur.com/gallery/kEmy8

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Deviant
Sep 26, 2003

I wanted orange.

It gave me lemon-lime.




Fun Shoe

canyoneer posted:

OK, so a month deep into this desk, how's the wobble? Reviews on amazon are mixed as to the level of wobble.

I'm planning on getting one of these and an Ikea Gerton table top and staining it like this guy did
https://imgur.com/gallery/kEmy8

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B...e?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I have this similar one (i'm becoming a vivo shill) and it's rock solid

FBS
Apr 27, 2015



Fano posted:

Besides desk clamps, there are quite a few wall mount options if that's something you'd want to look into, other than that, I guess a floor stand could also be an option? not sure how attractive that would be though.

I went with the "new, bigger desk" option. $200 from Ikea.



It's only about 7" wider and 3.5" deeper than the old desk but it made an enormous difference in usability.

Moey
Oct 22, 2010

I LIKE TO MOVE IT


Deviant posted:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B...e?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I have this similar one (i'm becoming a vivo shill) and it's rock solid

I installed this last for my work desk, about two months in, no issues at all.

Deviant
Sep 26, 2003

I wanted orange.

It gave me lemon-lime.




Fun Shoe

Deviant posted:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LYVCEIB/

I ended up with this, since my monitors are a bit heavy.

VIVO Premium Aluminum Height Adjustable Single Monitor Articulating Desk Mount Stand w/ Gas Spring Arm Fits up to 32" Screen (STAND-V001Q)


Just one for now, for that right side monitor. Will see how it goes.

If you have a big heavy monitor that a basic gas arm won't hold, this is 10/10 would recommend.

beepsandboops
Jan 28, 2014


Deviant posted:

I guess I'll just post again, now that I've done a bit of changing, and see what the thoughts are on how to proceed.
What do you have to hold your computer? I have a pretty small machine but I definitely wouldn't mind getting it off my desk

Deviant
Sep 26, 2003

I wanted orange.

It gave me lemon-lime.




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Have you not noticed my constant VIVO shilling? I swear I don't work there.

VIVO Adjustable Under Desk and Wall PC Mount | Computer Case Holder with 360° Swivel (MOUNT-PC01) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MEDE9W...a_5jpHAbEAMCNMP

kloa
Feb 14, 2007



I have 2x GERTONs side by side and heartily recommend them as desks. Solid, adjustable height (if you get the adj legs), and deep for plenty of useful stuff junk.

I didnít spend as much effort on sanding and staining, but it still turned out really well even with the bare minimum effort put into them.

Tedronai66
Aug 24, 2006
Better to Reign in Hell...

canyoneer posted:

OK, so a month deep into this desk, how's the wobble? Reviews on amazon are mixed as to the level of wobble.

I'm planning on getting one of these and an Ikea Gerton table top and staining it like this guy did
https://imgur.com/gallery/kEmy8

The only wobble I get is from the desk being on plush carpet. I have to push pretty hard as well.

I ordered this over the vivo because it had a higher weight rating for about the same cost, and I tend to lean on my desk a lot.

That stain job is beautiful. That would make an awesome desk.

Deviant
Sep 26, 2003

I wanted orange.

It gave me lemon-lime.




Fun Shoe

Any suggestions for breaking up the "white rectangle in a black void" effect that comes from having a dark colored desk? I have bias lighting on the primary, but I was thinking about setting a brightly colored cloth table runner or something on the desk itself

Wasabi the J
Jan 23, 2008

About 10 gigs worth of women's butts


Rumors about Nigerian My Little Zebra pornography should be forwarded to:


Can you post a pic

Deviant
Sep 26, 2003

I wanted orange.

It gave me lemon-lime.




Fun Shoe

Wasabi the J posted:

Can you post a pic

https://forums.somethingawful.com/s...0#post481142588

Electric Bugaloo
Oct 20, 2007




1) Consider painting your darn wall. If itís a rental and your landlord doesnít like it just paint it white again before you move out.

2) Consider getting a new table top in a lighter shade or painting/refinishing your current one if you canít do that.

3) Donít put a runner on your desk. Itís not a dining room table and it wonít look better with some cloth draped on it.

4) Decorate your wall. And I mean your whole wall. Donít just make it a weird mini-office island in a sea of blank space. The trick to making a desk feel like itís part of a room is by designing for the whole room instead of just the area around the desk. If you want to put up your gaming banner thatís cool, but incorporate it into your decor instead of just draping it over your Ergonomic Twitch Station. Put up some pictures or other decor around it and use placement (thirds/etc) to get it to fit in.

5) If you need Ďdesktop furnitureí (monitor stands, cubbies, etc) invest in some nice ones that look and function well and bring you joy. Donít have a cluttered desk with a mismatch of office supply store monitor stands and other similar stuff. Maybe put a small plant or similar decorative item on your desk if it suits you and you can spare the room, but a clean unadorned desk looks way better than a messy one with tchotchkes on it.

6) Move the cat tree maybe? Or get a smaller/more discrete one? Iím not trying to judge anybody here but a picture of what looks like a bed smashed up against a desk smashed up against a cat tree makes it seem like youíre prioritizing living the life of a glamorous cat owner over having enough space at the moment. This may seem like a weird nitpick to throw in here but adequately spacing out your furniture goes a long way toward making it look good in a space and allowing you to decorate the room well.

Deviant
Sep 26, 2003

I wanted orange.

It gave me lemon-lime.




Fun Shoe

Electric Bugaloo posted:

a bed smashed up against a desk smashed up against a cat tree

this is literally what it is. i am not exactly flush with free space here.

Step 1 is to get another monitor arm for the primary, now that i know this one i ordered is good.

step 2 might be to put some of the crap back on the wall from when i moved. i have a pile of framed whatsits that i've been too lazy to hang.

Oxyclean
Sep 23, 2007



So I'm still having some issues with ergonomics that are leaving me frustrated. My desk height and chair have worked for me for the past 5-10 years, and lately I just cannot find a position my mouse arm is comfortable in. Either there's discomfort in the forearm, or I don't like how the edge of the desk feels against my arm - which seems weird when this new desk a more rounded edge then my old one. Trying out a lower desk height so that my arms would rest 90* didn't feel much better or left me uncomfortable in other ways.

I'm willing to consider my chair could be part of the problem - the seat certainly is a bit worn down from years of use and the seat depth is a bit on the deep side for my height. Even if I were to get something like a keyboard tray, the arm rests aren't in the best condition either. I'm not sure how keen I am on spending more money right, particularly if it doesn't fix the problem. Are there good ergonomic chairs that won't break the bank? I've seen people bring up the Aeron - I have one at work and it's not bad, I'm just not sure if it's worth the 1000$ USD price tag they have on their website. I see a kijiji (like craigslist, but for canada I think.) posting with some Aeron's in my city for 400$ which seems tempting but I'd probably need to find out what sort of condition the chairs are in.

Koskun
Apr 20, 2004
I worship the ground NinjaPablo walks on

Oxyclean posted:

So I'm still having some issues with ergonomics that are leaving me frustrated. My desk height and chair have worked for me for the past 5-10 years, and lately I just cannot find a position my mouse arm is comfortable in. Either there's discomfort in the forearm, or I don't like how the edge of the desk feels against my arm - which seems weird when this new desk a more rounded edge then my old one. Trying out a lower desk height so that my arms would rest 90* didn't feel much better or left me uncomfortable in other ways.

I'm willing to consider my chair could be part of the problem - the seat certainly is a bit worn down from years of use and the seat depth is a bit on the deep side for my height. Even if I were to get something like a keyboard tray, the arm rests aren't in the best condition either. I'm not sure how keen I am on spending more money right, particularly if it doesn't fix the problem. Are there good ergonomic chairs that won't break the bank? I've seen people bring up the Aeron - I have one at work and it's not bad, I'm just not sure if it's worth the 1000$ USD price tag they have on their website. I see a kijiji (like craigslist, but for canada I think.) posting with some Aeron's in my city for 400$ which seems tempting but I'd probably need to find out what sort of condition the chairs are in.

Take a look around and see if there are any used office furniture places near/near-ish to you. A foreclosure, bankruptcy, remodel, are all reasons that used office furniture would go up for sale, and there are business' that buy the stuff and re-sell it. I've got one about half an hour away from where I live. I got a really nice Steelcase chair that still retails for 950 for 60 bucks.

I'd also see if there are any auctions going on (higher chance the nearer you are to a bigger city) of places that went out of business.

isndl
May 2, 2012
I WON A CONTEST IN TG AND ALL I GOT WAS THIS CUSTOM TITLE

I would avoid used Aerons because 90% of them are the old version which aren't particularly ergonomic. Office liquidators aren't a bad place to look around in case there's newer stuff though.

I'm not sure a new chair is going to fix your issue of forearm discomfort - does it feel like there's too much pressure at certain points? More of a rotational discomfort? Are you currently using a keyboard tray? How high is your chair adjusted relative to your desk, based on the armrests? How close is your keyboard/mouse to the edge and how much of your arm is hanging off?

Deviant
Sep 26, 2003

I wanted orange.

It gave me lemon-lime.




Fun Shoe

This desk is less sad with stuff on the wall behind it. I'm not taking a picture because it basically doxxes me, though. Still, solid advice.

Oxyclean
Sep 23, 2007



isndl posted:

I would avoid used Aerons because 90% of them are the old version which aren't particularly ergonomic. Office liquidators aren't a bad place to look around in case there's newer stuff though.

I'm not sure a new chair is going to fix your issue of forearm discomfort - does it feel like there's too much pressure at certain points? More of a rotational discomfort? Are you currently using a keyboard tray? How high is your chair adjusted relative to your desk, based on the armrests? How close is your keyboard/mouse to the edge and how much of your arm is hanging off?

This is a rough idea of what my setup looks like, at least with regards to chair, kb+m.


You're probably right about the chair, I think I'm kinda just jumping to conclusions - this chair doesn't strike me as particularly un-ergonomic - it's been mostly fine for the past many years, although the aeron i have at work me notice this chair feels deeper.

As pictured and mentioned earlier in the thread I don't have a keyboard tray - I've never been to crazy about them because they've always felt really cramped and restrictive and I've always just preferred to use the desk surface for resting my arms. I'm not too crazy about arm rests either - having the level with the desk means I can't really make any rotation of my chair without bumping the desk with the arms, and just leads to problem of my right hand being unsupported when using the keyboard.

Previously I've had some discomfort in the "meaty" part of my forearm that I rest against the desk, I'm, not noticing it as much tonight, might be because I'm trying things with my chair a bit higher.

Right now I have my chair adjusted so if I lean back my feet are just able to touch the floor flat. If I pull my chair in as much as I can I can position my arm so that maybe just the elbow is off the desk - but this has my upper arms forward a bit. Right now this is feeling decently comfortable but the desk edge can start to bother me after awhile? It certainly bugs me more the less arm I seem to have on the desk. It's weird because this desk edge feels less harsh then my previous' desks and I don't remember that one presenting as much problems. I'm also not sure how good this position for my shoulders - my upper arms are forward rather then in line with the torso like ergonomic guidelines seem to suggest and I don't really have a 90* bend. Part of my frustration is it's felt like something that works one night doesn't feel right the next. I could be overstressing/overthinking things.

isndl
May 2, 2012
I WON A CONTEST IN TG AND ALL I GOT WAS THIS CUSTOM TITLE

The first change I would make is raise the chair so your arms naturally rest at desk level instead of matching your feet to the floor. If that works out better but you think your feet need support you can get a footrest. I suspect your desk may be a centimeter or two taller than your previous which would contribute your issues.

If you're using the desk itself as your primary armrest and the armrests on the chair are keeping you from moving in closer, consider simply removing them from the chair.

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Oxyclean
Sep 23, 2007



The new desk is adjustable - I've set it to a few centimeters lower then my old one, which is why I'm finding it so odd that I'm having a hard time finding the right "spot." I was also trying at a lower setting before but found that uncomfortable for different reasons. Arm rests do prevent pulling in at higher heights, but can be taken off so I might give that a go, it might have been part of my problem with the lower height as well.

Although I'm starting to contemplate a chair replacement again for different reasons - I didn't really notice it until now but the cushion seems pretty worn down - the center of the cushion is basically compacted down almost entirely. No idea how long it's been like this though.

Oxyclean fucked around with this message at Feb 23, 2018 around 03:14

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