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post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 
Greetings.

As part of my research I'm doing prior to starting out on a major mod (desk build with the PC built in to part of the desk, worklog will be posted once I start smile.gif ), I'm researching whether to mount my monitors on a custom stand or just leave them as-is.

Pros to the custom stand:
  • Much, much easier to ensure no cables are seen at all
  • Potential to have one monitor in a portrait configuration
  • Slightly more desk space

Cons that I know of:
  • Possibility of sagging of the monitors
  • Potential to be unable to make any adjustments
  • Biggest one: I don't know how...

It's the last one that brings me here to ask this question. I've seen some pretty nice stands during my research, but they all have 1 thing in common: They're made of steel pipe.

That would stand to reason that they're not light (understandably), but also that they're not easy to build (not so much if you can get them cut and threaded elsewhere) or modify without the right tools for working with metal.

Could something like this be made of PVC pipes?

I currently have 2 monitors (Acer X233H and S201HL), but would like the potential to add a third, maybe in an Eyefinity configuration.

Has anyone made something like this entirely from PVC? Anything I should know or would this be a material to avoid entirely?

I have an idea of what I would want it to look like and how I would blend/hide everything to work with my desk plans already, just don't want to plan something out in detail that has 0 possibility of working for logistical reasons.
post #2 of 4
PVC is fairly brittle, would not be my first choice.

good monitor stands, with lots of adjustment can be very expensive because they must be strong enough to hold up the weight of the monitor while maintaining your desired position.

if you do not need the monitors to be mobile/adjustable once mounted. you could build a wooden frame with simple wall mounts connecting the monitors. like these: http://www.amazon.com/VideoSecu-Monitor-Panel-Maximum-Loading/dp/B000VKCIJU/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1326938476&sr=8-3

if you want a little more adjustability, you could do a similar thing with these: http://www.amazon.com/Telehook-TH-2250-VTP-Mount-200x200mm-Black/dp/B003FVDZWQ/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1326938476&sr=8-6

if you want to be able to move the monitors positions around while you work, you will need a very nice mount though, and they are very expensive. like here: http://www.amazon.com/LX-Desk-Mount-LCD-Arm/dp/B00358RIRC/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1326938727&sr=1-4
Edited by kevingreenbmx - 1/18/12 at 6:07pm
post #3 of 4
Thread Starter 
I was not convinced that PVC would be the way to go, but I was throwing it out there since it's a fairly cheap material that's easy to work with. I'd be more worried about it being plastic and subject to bending over distance rather than it being too brittle. Some 1" or 2" tube (2" would definitely not be my first choice) might be strong enough if I could keep the individual lengths short enough.

I would very much like to avoid purchasing a monitor mount and construct one instead. I'm building the desk, so why not. Gives me something to take pride in.

Wood is an option, though if I'm going to be building it out of wood in the first place, why not spend the extra time to drill out the 100mm square pattern on a stand-off piece of wood/MDF myself rather than buying separate mounts?
post #4 of 4
the mounts are adjustable (except that first one) and are easily reusable. it would make taking your monitors on and off far easier.
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