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Table. Keyboard Tray. Ergonomic.
December 27, 2012 9:41 AM   Subscribe

I'm looking for a sturdy table. Rectangular. Plain. About 28" high or so. Maybe something that folds up, or with legs that unscrew. And I'm looking for a sturdy height- and tilt-adjustable keyboard tray, wide enough to fit a mouse. Cheap. Simple. Together or separate. Got any advice?

I've got four or five desks at my disposal. All of them have drawers or blocks of wood where a keyboard tray could be attached.

I've looked online. Nothing I find is ergonomic. (The keyboard tray doesn't move, for example; or the desk is too high.) Or else it's niche ergonomic (and costs thousands). I see desks with funny shelf systems above them, and special cabinetry below them. Fake wood. "Fancy" hardware. Overly small trays. Weirdly shaped desks. No. No. No.

I just want a sturdy simple plain table, long enough to fit a couple of screens, some paper, a few files, maybe a book. Rectangular. About 28" high or so. Ideally, it could be taken apart for my next move. Ideally, it would already have a sturdy height- and tilt-adjustable keyboard tray wide enough to fit a mouse attached. But if it doesn't, I can find someone to attach one. The key is I need a good desk fast. My typing load just keeps increasing, and my current situation is makeshift, and unwise for the long term.

Any ideas?

Thanks!
posted by Violet Blue to Health & Fitness (4 answers total)
 
I've settled on elfa's freestanding components to create a workspace, since it not only disassembles easily for moves, but allows for future expansion. The shelf heights and depths are customizable, so the monitors sit on a narrower shelf above the desk/keyboard shelf. Your mileage may vary, but you could theoretically attach a separate keyboard tray to the underside of a shelf.
posted by evoque at 10:00 AM on December 27, 2012


Get a length of IKEA butcherblock countertop or one of their tabletops and attach whatever legs you like, and then also whatever keyboard tray you like.
posted by HotToddy at 10:02 AM on December 27, 2012 [1 favorite]


The Elfa stuff is not made out of wood, so I wouldn't want to drill into it. But the idea is exactly what I was looking for, so I appreciate the suggestion.

It also gives me a model to think about when working with Ikea, which was also an excellent suggestion.

Between the two, I hope to get me THE perfect desk. Thanks to both of you!
posted by Violet Blue at 1:00 PM on January 1, 2013


It should be easy enough to get hardwood cut to the same dimensions as the elfa shelving if the materials aren't to your liking.
posted by evoque at 1:16 PM on January 3, 2013


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