With the plank finished, all that was left was to pick the desk components.
I installed a power plug right above the desk’s edge with handy USB chargers - perfect for charging Karen’s phone and tablet at the same time. Also, it’s actually level (congrats to me).
Karen picked out a nice rug for her space from homedecorators.com
And a chair from Crate and Barrel. It doesn’t have wheels, but it swivels so it’s easy to get in and out of the desk area.
Karen also picked out some speakers that “were good looking”, which also happened to be received by critics as good sounding, so that made me happy. These are the Audioengine A2+ model, which have a built in amp and DAC, which meant less wires. I also sleeved the exposed wire, which is always awesome. Sound wise, these are pretty phenomenal for the size. I haven’t heard anything around the size that sounds as good.
Lamp came from Target - we ordered several to test out, apparently they all came damaged (don’t use Target’s online shopping/shipping for anything). The laptop stand is from Rain Design Inc. (mTower). I love how it frees up desk space and keeps the laptop running cool.
Karen is apparently extremely picky when it comes to keyboards and mice. We already spent some time a few years ago finding the perfect mouse for her, so we just got another one for the desk. We then proceeded to test a half dozen keyboards (she doesn’t like mechanical keyboards cuz she’s crazy), so we had to find a nice scissor switch board. Apparently Rapoo is some crazy Chinese brand that is HUGE - and makes good quality stuff. I found this board and imported it from the dark streets of Hong Kong, and it’s worked out well. Nice thin design and aluminum frame. I think it looks pretty cool.
I also made a wire hider channel thingie (technical term). It basically is a little channel for wires to run in underneath the desk. I then painted it the same color as the wall, so you can’t even tell it’s there.
It’s a great little area. Karen kinda zones out and does work/wedding planning from here, which is great, because I get to go play video games by myself. I also sneak in some work time on some days where I work from home. Great project overall - really happy without how it turned out.