Since I moved to England I have been looking to find my perfect spot where I can get the creative juices flowing. I've been looking into shared work spaces, cafes, and potentially to create my little work station at home.
Last year we had a nice, big studio at uni with Macs and scanners and lots of light, which was great, but it was always freezing and we didn't have our own desks, so we always had to pack up everything at the end of the day and bring it home. If you work in any creative fields you might agree that it was less than ideal. This year, however, we somehow didn't even get a room assigned to us! This gave me a great difficulty to focus on my work, so I decided it was time to create my own little home office!
Back in my Prezi days I had the nicest work station ever. The Prezi office team is indeed great with ergonomic needs of employees and so I had an amazing adjustable standing desk (I much prefer working while standing), a big screen to see the tiny pixels I'm pushing all day long, space for my Wacom tablet and elbow cushions (I have terrible wrists and the typical mouse setup gives me carpel tunnel way too often) and everything else one might need.
This, of course, was a very expensive setup. Since then I started studying full time and I freelance only half time, so I had to find a more, let's say, economic solution to have the same comfort. Standing desks start from £400 just because they are a bit taller. That was a no go for me.
Here comes in the picture my friend Mat, who happens to be very handy with woodwork. He told me we could probably just get some cheap but sturdy wood from the local workshop and he could easily put it together for me. And that is what we did. I never built anything like this before, so it was all really exciting for me. We got all the wood for £30 and Mat cut and drilled the whole thing together in an hour. We tested how well it holds its load with Mat's daughter, Lea.
We then added some shelves above the desk from the left over wood and voila, I now have an amazing little work station again! Thanks Mat!