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post #1 of 8
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I really let my room go during this last school semester as I was taking 18 credit hours of classes. Now that the year is over, it's time for an update. I have right now two shelves, a desk, two things that complement the desk, and another desk. Things aren't well arranged, so I'm going to take out one desk and its complementary furniture pieces, probably take out a shelf, and then I'll get a smaller desk and some form of a work table.

I used Bassett Furniture's website to set up this generally accurate picture of my room. Then, I used Paint to label it.


Sp1 and Sp2 are left and right floor standing speakers. They don't have a radio right now.
D.1 and D.2 are complementary furniture pieces for Desk 1. However, Desk 1, D.1, and D.2 take up way too much room but store far too little.
Desk 2 holds stuff well, but it's not a good work desk. I'm considering making it my primary desk and getting another one for a "work table."
The Chest is all right, but it's not space efficient. I want to keep it because it can be sat on.
Shelf 2 will probably go to clear up some room, and I'll consolidate its stuff on the much shorter Shelf 1.

Day 1
I used eBay to piece together two 4-port KVMs (keyboard video & mouse switches that allow one KVM set to switch between however many computers are plugged in), and I'm going to use a 19" TV as both a TV and a monitor along with some free keyboard & mouse I got from a neighbor.

The two KVMs and 9 cable sets (8 + 1 spare) cost me about $35 shipped! That's barely more than the price of one 2-port KVM! I'll look through my eBay history and let you know where I bought these, but first I want to make sure they work.





More stuff soon!
post #2 of 8
i would flip the desk as it would be nice to not have to climb over the bed just to get to the desk. I too use that that same dell keyboard on my KVM as well.
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Desk 1? Yeah, I thought it would be cool, but I think I'm going to get rid of it (it's about 10 years old, and it was from Wal Mart), and I'll get a straight desk much like Desk 2.

Definitely not fond of climbing over stuff.
post #4 of 8
you could make your own desk and just run it along the whole wall, definitely a space maker there. you could also run smaller self along the wall just above or odds and ends as well as the router. I have kmart special that is probably 10 years old how ever I keep a nice coat of contact paper on it all the time.
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I would be scared to do all that cabling
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post #6 of 8
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Yes, contact paper should work! I was thinking of making my own desk, but I really want a lot of floor space with height by way of more shelves. I just went out and bought one of these:
http://www.officedepot.com/a/product...cat=2000000361

I'm hoping to use that shelf to stack computers and then use my KVMs partly for that and partly for computers on a small shelf next to it. Then, my main desk would just be for my main PC, and I'd be set that way. We'll see. Again, love the contact paper idea.
post #7 of 8
Why not turn desk 1 90 degrees counter-clockwise so that the corner is in say... the corner.

That'd allow you a boatload more space to walk around in that area of the room.
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post #8 of 8
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Desk 1 is in horrible condition because it was cheap when it was new, and now it's about 10 years old. Probably should have clarified. Sorry.

So, from now on, no more rooting for Desk 1!
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