Workspace of the Week: The advantages of an unconventional desk

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Oliver.’s art studio:

It’s difficult when you’re an artist to keep your workspace organized. As someone who spent two years of her undergraduate experience pursuing a painting degree, I can personally attest to the challenges of being neat and tidy when surrounded by so many supplies. My workspace was always a complete disaster zone, and I am in awe of artists who find a way to corral and contain all the stuff. One trick artists (and engineers and architects and anyone with a laptop) can implement to keep organized while they work is to use a standing-height, tilt-tabletop desk with storage trays attached to its sides, like Oliver. does in his studio. These desks allow you to sit in a raised chair or stand while you work, adjust the angle of your desk to best meet your ergonomic needs, as well as hold your coffee cup, phone, and whatever small supplies you need to do your job. And, when you’re done working for the day, you can unload the items and move them to their long-term storage spaces and have a clean surface ready for you the next time inspiration strikes. Thank you, Oliver., for submitting your wonderful workspace to our Unclutterer Flickr pool.

Want to have your own workspace featured in Workspace of the Week? Submit a picture to the Unclutterer flickr pool. Check it out because we have a nice little community brewing there. Also, don’t forget that workspaces aren’t just desks. If you’re a cook, it’s a kitchen; if you’re a carpenter, it’s your workbench.

8 Comments for “Workspace of the Week: The advantages of an unconventional desk”

  1. posted by Steven on

    Had an idea: Add a computer monitor behind the desk, either on a stand or bolted to the wall, and a wireless keyboard, and you have an ergonomic standing desk in addition to a drawing table. You can even angle the desk to then angle the keyboard. There are probably some practical issues that would need solving if actually trying thatm but I like the idea of that setup!

  2. posted by cathleen on

    I have an adjustable standing desk at work and I love it. (Employer pays for it)
    I lost 10 lbs. in the first month just by standing all day!

    My back and abs love it too. I feel like I get more energy by standing most of the day.
    I probably stand 5-6 hours per 8-10 hour work day. (I’m in meeting the rest of the day)

    They even make a new one with a treadmill attached! haha I’ll skip that one as I sweat a lot :)

  3. posted by Andrew Areoff on

    I’m considering the standing desk as I suffer from terrible bain pain and my physio has said standing is good for your back as you tend to move around more when on your feet. I have been standing up at another computer that’s on a cabinet but I get achy after a little while – just goes to show that sitting down all day isn’t good at all.

    Love that art studio set up though. Inspirational.

  4. posted by J.B.C on

    That desk is just divine, I have a blush of envy. My supplies live in a semi state of chaos. Oh to be organized like this… with inspirational pieces pinned up on the wall as well.

  5. posted by Oliver. on

    You’re right, I’m always trying to keep all my art supplies organized and wish I’d be more organized than this. I’m in the process of uncluttering my studio, an Ikea Ps cabinet would be awesome.
    Thanks for linking back to my blog.

  6. posted by Anastasia on

    This idea is just genius!
    Is it possible to buy a desk like this somewhere or was it custom made?

  7. posted by Oliver. on

    I bought mine at the Office Max Mexico, but there is a line of products at Amazon that are very similar to this desk, search them under “studio designs table”

  8. posted by Anastasia on

    Thank you, Oliver!

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