The Desk Build

Feb 12, 2022 |  Author: Nic La |  Tags:  project   computer  

Behind every great PC is a great desk. Standing desks are all the rage today. Apparently sitting too much is bad for you and standing too much is bad for you. Maybe desks are just bad for you. Nah, you just need a desk as versatile as you. Introducing Uplift Desk. They are the industry leader in sit-stand technology and build a solid desk. Given an earth quake you want to hide under one of these. Uplift Desk provides a desk configurator. I recommend starting with their V2 & V2-Commercial.

Desktop Style

I hate fake, things that pass themselves off as one thing but are in fact another. Even if their properties are superior to the real thing, don't lie. Just be yourself. The thought of a laminate desk makes me cringe. Real wood is the only answer. Real wood desktops, the price quickly climbs. I have this motto "it's not about the price" and while still true, price does play a factor. A desk is a tool and like any tool it's meant to be used. If you sank so much money into your desk, you're afraid to use it, you didn't buy a desk. I'd like one day to build my own desktop from wooden boards. This is further incentive for me to not invest a lot in a pricey real wood desktop.

Desktop Size

One would think the bigger the better, but wasted space is unwanted space. I've had an 80" desk with a region that just collects dust. This is due to a person's limited reach. If you have to move your chair and stretch just to reach a corner of your desk, you're not going to use it. The same can be said for phone screens and thumbs these days but maybe I'm just old. 80" makes sense if you plan on sharing your desk with your PC. PCs, even quiet ones, make noise. I'll be putting some distance between me and my PC. 72" is the goldilocks zone. It is long enough to support the ultrawide monitors of today while short enough to reach all your computer peripherals.

Frame Color, Type & Style

I'm all for stability and the Commercial T-Frame is arguably the most stable option. However, we can have more fun with the Commercial C-Frame. C-Frame crossbar is conveniently positioned at leg level. Add a little support and the crossbar makes for a decent leg rest.

Mill

Measure

Leg Rest

Legs

Ergonomics

Everything that goes into a desk build should take into consideration ergonomics. If there's a Law of Ergonomics, a standing desk is Rule 1. Chair is Rule 2. Mouse, Monitor and keyboard is Rule 3. Etc.

Rule 1:
Standard height for a desk is 30" but with an adjustable desk, you can optimize the height for your body's needs. Sitting, you want your legs and arms at 90 degrees. Standing, arms at 90 degrees. 30" / 46" is my go to.

Rule 2:
Apparently a backless chair is healthier than a backed chair. The temptation to rest your back is too strong. That said, I like to rest my back. If you're going to get something with a back, you need lumbar support. Uplift Desk has a range of ergonomic chairs. While I'm sure they're fine, I'm really just a fan of Autonomous's ErgoChair Pro.

Rule 3:
Vertical mice are all the rage today. Them and Standing Desks should get together. A vertical mouse keeps your wrist in neutral, reducing pain from sustained pronation. An ergonomic keyboard is also easy on the wrists, but I've yet to find a quality ergonomic mechanical keyboard. If you're 100% ergonomics, I recommend the Kinesis Freestyle2 Ergonomic Keyboard for PC (20" Extended Separation) with Ascent Accessory for Freestyle2 Ergonomic Keyboard. Your level of nerdom will be unmatached! Added benefit of a 90 degree keyboard is the ability to continue doing your job with your arm in a cast. I can personally attest.

Arm in Cast

Rule 3 Continued:
Monitor height matters. A quick rule of thumb is to place the top of the monitor at eye level. This way your gaze is at eye level or lower, reducing the need to tilt your neck to view anything on your monitor. Monitor height can be achieved by raising / lowering your desk but this directly conflicts with the "arm at 90 degrees" rule. Thus, you need a monitor arm. Added benefit of a monitor arm is it opens up more desk space. I'm partial to the floating monitor effect created by offsetting your monitor arm.

Monitor Height

Not a Rule:
Two monitors or one ultrawide monitor? It's not a rule but it should be. Always go with one monitor to rule them all. Bezels are not the future. The fewer bezels you have in your build, the better. I bought a curved 32" ultrawide monitor back when they were first hitting the market. These days, I'm eyeing the curved 49" ultrawide.

Parts

As of writing this, my build is below.

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A great PC deserves a pedestal.

Pedestal


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