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The Dream Desk Setup And Office

Brody Herman / workspace / 29 January 2022, 12:04:54
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I'm super excited to show you guys the build process and all the key decisions, changes, and tips and tricks that I made to make the space work for my needs as a full-time content creator on website and Instagram. Hopefully this article will give you guys some good inspiration and ideas as to what can be the best work from home set up for yourself. And by the way, everything is linked in the description.

So if there's something that you like in today's article, you can check that out. Also, if you find the article helpful, remember to like and pin it to the website as that really helps me out. And without further ado let's get started. So the new room that I moved into was originally a yellow and brown color. And yes, it's not the most appealing.

So I wanted a more modern and bold look. I collected pictures on the internet of themes and rooms that I really liked, and put them into notion. There was definitely a few themes that really caught my eye. I really liked the dark rooms paired with wooden accents along with some greenery for a more natural and calming vibe. So I decided to paint one wall at dark black and blue color called black forest from Deluxe.

And then I painted the other side white for some contrast. It's quite amazing what a difference a fresh coat of paint can make. And now that I have the two main colors down it's time to deck out the space. So the first major upgrade in the setup would be the desk. I got the suede desk from Ergonofis.

It's a solid wood motorized standing desk. And I did get the bigger version. It is 72 by 30 inches, which gives me plenty of space to work on. I like how it gives you the option to install wheels at the base which makes moving this thing around very easy. And I just love how it looks because the entire desktop is beautifully crafted out of solid walnut.

Using this as the main piece in the setup, really adds a warm and natural look to the space which fits perfectly with the look that I'm going for. The desk has an integrated touch interface in the lower right corner of the desktop. I can adjust the desk very quickly by holding the up or down buttons. Or I can use the two programmable settings to automatically get to my sitting and standing heights which I actually switched between quite often to keep me moving throughout the day to compliment the desk I got the Ergonofis neat filing cabinet with the walnut panels as well. It's super handy to keep less used items at arms reach.

And man, look at that soft close action. And of course to protect the desk I'm using a desk pad by Grovemade. The material it's made of is very durable. I've used this type of desk pad in my last setup as well. It's saved me from many coffee spills and its great at hiding fingerprints, scratches, and of course the sweaty hand marks during my intense gaming sessions.

So it's great that I rarely have to clean it and it gives my desk a very modern look as well. So moving on, right above the desk lies my two computers under my desk shelf. So this is the little cute Mac mini that I've been using for the past two years to make all the article and photo content on my website and Instagram. I'll put the specs on the screen. And yes, it's nuts using an M1 chip.

However, I can still edit 4k articles with no problems at all. And that's because of the things that I've got connected on the side. So first I'm using a two bay external drive that's holding four terabytes in each bay and it's fast enough that I can edit straight from it. And then we have the external GPU which houses the RX5 80 inside to work with my Mac mini. So with this combination, I won't need to buy the new fancy stuff for the next few years unless I start editing in 8k.

Oh God. And by the way, I got these connected to my Mac mini by using really long Thunderbolt four cables which is neatly organized so that the can move up and down. I'll show you how I did my cable management later in the article. Moving along, let's talk about my gaming laptop. I'm using the MSI GE66 Raider.

This laptop is truly a beast. It has the RTX 30 80 inside, and I'll put the other specs on the screen. I've been using it for the past three months and whatever game I throw at it, it runs super smoothly. The screen has a 300 Hertz refresh rate. But I actually don't use it much and that's because most of the time it's living under the desk shelf.

I actually like to connect it to my ultra wide monitor instead. And the cool thing about this setup is that I can switch between my Mac mini and laptop with a press of a button without removing my keyboard and mouse. See, it still works. So all this is possible because my monitor has a KVM switch built into it. My mouse and keyboard are connected to the back of the monitor.

And the switch directs the connection to the right device. So I'm super happy about this dual OS set setup. Having it like this works really well with my wireless mouse and keyboard to keep the desk clean and clutter-free. And by the way, I'm still using the same keyboard and mouse. It's the Logitech G915 TKL, and the Logitech G502.

I've been using these for a whole year now. And I can say that the wireless connection is top-notch especially if you're using both Mac and PC. The other thing that I've been using a lot is this note pad by Grovemade. I find it really helpful to write out all my tasks and always have it visible. Crossing things off the list is very satisfying for me.

Nothing beats good old pen and paper. As a content creator, I work a lot at the desk sitting like eight to 10 hours a day. So ergonomics is really important to me. And there are a few major additions in this area. So first I replaced my old monitor arm with the Herman Miller Allen.

Before I installed it I placed the mat under the mounts to protect the desk. I chose this monitor arm because it was one of the only ones that can fully support the weight of my ultra wide monitor. And on the back of the arm there's a place where you couldn't adjust the tension. For my monitor, I adjust it to level seven out of ten. I gotta say, I really like the wide range of motion on this monitor arm.

It's just really easy to adjust so that I can get the monitor to the right height. This is important so that I can have better posture working at the desk whether I'm sitting or standing. Moving along, I'm still using the BenQ ScreenBar Plus. I love how it doesn't take up any space on the desk and it lights up quite a big area so that I can have visibility of everything and keep my eyes healthy. Even without the other lights on, having this one on is usually good enough.

And I just love how it makes your set up glow. As for the chair, I'm currently using the Secretlab Titan Evo. This is the soft weave plus version in black. It's definitely a handsome cool looking chair. I really like using the four dimensional adjustable armrest because it's great at supporting my elbows flat with the desk.

Also, it has an integrated lumbar support. So I can be super comfortable when lying down in my zero gravity setup. Yep, you heard that right. This is where everything comes to work together so that I can lie down in a position that relieves a lot of pressure off my spine so that I can just relax and enjoy whatever I'm doing when I'm tired. So under my desk I have a drum stool which I use as a foot rest.

And then I have a lap desk which fits perfectly with my keyboard and mouse. So sitting like this really helps with my back pain. But I got to admit, it kind of makes you wanna fall asleep after a while. So I usually just sit in this position for 10 to 15 minutes just so I can rest a bit. And then I'll go back to normal position to continue working.

But if I'm reading a movie or if I just wanna kill time and relax, then I can sit like this for a long, long time. And guys, this is the LARQ bottle. I've been using it for the past three months. And the amazing thing is that it's actually a high-tech water purification system. It cleans itself automatically every two hours for 10 seconds to make sure your water and bottle stays clean.

And it does this by using a proprietary UVC LED technology that emits UVC lights. This triggers a photochemical reaction to eradicate bacteria and viruses, eliminating harmful order causing germs by simply destroying their DNA. So there are two modes to the LARQ bottle. There's normal mode which runs a 60 second cycle and there's adventure mode which runs the three minutes cycle. So whether you're filling it up with tap water, stream water, river water, and et cetera, it's gonna be okay.

The LARQ bottles is gonna clean it for you. Just make sure the water you're using is clear to the eyes with no heavy sediments. And by the way, the battery life on this is great. One full charge is enough for me to clean my water for one to two months. I used to have a ton of these reusable insulated bottles but I never end up using them for long because the smell kind of funny even though I wash them.

So guys using the LARQ bottle has been great. I love that I don't have to have a big clunky water filter in my office. And I can use this instead to clean my water and keep me hydrated while I work. The bottles are available in two sizes and six different colors. This is a product that really combines functionality with aesthetics.

So it's gonna look great in any setting, especially on your desk. 'Cause the obsidian black blends in very well with my setup. And I gave the granite white to my wife, and I also think it looks great in her space. So guys, if you're looking for a portable water purification system, definitely check out LARQ bottle using my link in the description below. And big thanks to LARQ for sponsoring today's article.

Moving along, let's talk about adding some personality to the space to make it truly unique. Empty walls are always like a big canvas. So it can get a bit intimidating. But I do find it a lot easier to work on after my setup is complete so that I can design around it. Just like how I plan where to put my demon slayer poster.

This is a metal poster from Displate. I saved the magnets from last time to reuse on this wall. And I'm happy to say that they retained their stickiness. It's been a few weeks now and it's still holding up strong. The poster by itself looks really cool, but as always lighting makes everything better.

I added a lamp on the side to light it up and it really brings the colors to life. And next up for the statement piece on the wall, I'm using the Nanoleaf elements panels. These panels look like wood, which I really appreciate because it compliments the rest of the space. Giving it a warm and organic feel. It's very important to find the right design as this is gonna be staying on the wall for a while.

But thankfully, visualizing this on the wall was easy using their app. After choosing the right design, installing this was simple. The important things to note is to find the center of the wall and to make sure each panel was straights using a level. stapling noise) And of course, these panels do light up. It's a huge risk to use light panels on the wall as the main thing.

As it could take away from the look of your entire space if it's too much. However, this design and the calm ambient lighting really adds to the space. I'm really satisfied with this look. There is of course a problem here. And that is this cable that stands out.

So to hide the cable, I decided to paint it the same color as the wall. It's not completely gone, but it's a lot better than before. I also added some plants on both sides. They're supposed to help with the mood, reduce stress, increase creativity and all that good stuff. However, one of them is fake.

Can you tell which one? And if you really want to make a space look good, cable management is a must. The goal is to not be able to see any cable when you're looking at the setup from the front. I find that using a desk shelf really helps hide the cables connected to the back of the computers. And under the desk I'm using the cable management solution that's made specifically for this desk. And the unique thing is that you can actually tie things to it through the holes.

So after plugging everything in I wrapped the loose cables together and tied it to the plate. And to hold my gaming laptop charger I use these folding hooks from Ikea. It worked super well with this tray so that I can quickly take my charger when I go out and not have to store it on top of the desk when it's plugged in. So after it's done, this is what it looks like from the back. And the last thing that I did was to run the power and Thunderbolt four cables through a clip at the end of the desk so that they can move freely up and down with the standing desk.

I'm really happy with my cable management for this setup. It's definitely worth investing the 10 or 20 minutes to hide your cables as it makes a massive difference. Now, let's talk about the other reason why I like to have a nice looking space. This is also a film set. I make website articles full-time and I need the space to transform very quickly into different things with minimal setup time.

And if you're a regular viewer, I'm sure you would recognize this set. And if you don't, make sure you like and pin it. But anyways, this is what it looked like before. And this is after the painting. On the right hand side it looked a bit empty.

So I decided to put on some Nanoleaf lights on the wall. Again, I use the app for hours to find the right design. So again, finding the center of the wall is super important. It's gonna make this whole process a lot easier. The panels do take a bit of time to build but man, it is so worth it in the end.

The footage you see right now doesn't do it justice. It looks really good when you see it with your own eyes. It can also change into a lot of different colors and patterns. There's a whole community who makes those things in the app that you can just download. And on the left of the set we have to Govee Glide.

I got it casually leaning on the wall. This is a very simple and elegant light, which seems to be a very long light tube, but it's actually six individual lights connected together. I just love how the connections are seamless. So there's a ton of different light and article, and all of that as well that you can change in the app. Again, I'm drawn to a sunset glow kind of colors because I think it matches the room the best.

And by the way, I am using LIFX lights in the ceiling as well. And this is done so that I can change the entire mood of the room with just a click of a button. Anyways, I know this is a bit overkill, but I put a lot of effort in making the space work specifically for myself. I actually designed the desk setup site to be convertible into a living room setup as well just by adding a couch. And I think it looks awesome as well.

I planned it this way from the very beginning, because I can truly use this as another set for filming. It just opens up the possibilities for more opportunities in the future as my content grows. Also, from the last few years of working from home I've learned that the space that I work in has a huge impact on just how productive I am. So I've tried to create a space that inspires me to be creative, productive, and ultimately somewhere that I enjoy being in. So that work doesn't seem too much like work.

So everything you see in this setup has been five years in the making. Back then I started from a very budget set up and each year I constantly refined the space by upgrading, removing, and moving things around to better match my personality and work requirements. And that evolution has grown to the setup that I have today which I'm very, very fortunate to have, but also worked very hard for. If you guys wanna improve your set up, make sure to follow people on Instagram and website for inspiration. You can see how their designs work and implement them into your own.

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