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Desk in the middle [Aug. 7th, 2008|01:26 am]
Lindsey Kuper

So, I've been thinking about how people plan living spaces (surprise!), and I've been noticing that we always seem to have desks and offices on the periphery, wedged into a corner somewhere. That's how I've always done it, too. But whenever my desk is in the corner, I end up sitting somewhere else, because huddling in the corner is not an appealing way for me to work. I sit on the couch, the floor, anywhere but at the desk -- and it's fine until three weeks later, when I realize my back is sore and my wrists can't last through a day of typing.

Here at the new place, I have two bedrooms. For a while, I was feeling guilty1 about not having a roommate, and I halfheartedly tried to keep one of the bedrooms empty for the hypothetical roommate I might find. But yesterday I realized that, dammit, I picked out this apartment for myself, knowing full well how big it was, and as long as I'm paying for all this space, why not use it? So I moved all the music gear into the extra bedroom, and as soon as I did it, I knew it was the right choice, because suddenly everything else fell into place. Instead of having one desk crammed in the corner of the living room, I now have room for a big two-desk setup that's right at the heart of everything. I can sit anywhere around the apartment, but I actually gravitate toward the desk instead of away from it. Seems like a good sign.

Oh, and the other nice thing about making the extra bedroom the music room is that I have a music room in my apartment.2


  1. I mentioned my two-bedroom guilt to Paul yesterday, and he said that he needed three -- bedroom, office, and "swap room". He has swap space in his house.
  2. Bitches.
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[User Picture]From: linettasky
2008-08-07 08:18 pm (UTC)
Your life sounds excellent right now. Congratulations!
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[User Picture]From: billings
2008-08-07 08:42 pm (UTC)
I don't have quite that much space, but I found it helped a lot when, instead of facing my desk at the wall, I faced it out *from* the wall. That way I have a wall directly behind me rather than all this open space behind me, and when I look away from my monitor I have somewhere to rest my eyes.

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[User Picture]From: cola_fan
2008-08-07 09:31 pm (UTC)
Music room is a perfect plan.
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From: sherwooddotnu
2008-08-08 05:25 am (UTC)
We have a music and computers room, with double desks in the middle. It's a nice way to live.
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