We’re hand-me-down accepters. We always have been. I don’t know if it’s due to our love for thift store/tag sale shopping that makes us love old things, or it’s just simply our love (shared by most) of getting something for free.
Some of our freebies in the house we love (our Danish dresser), some are placeholders for future, proper furniture (ahem, two side tables being used as a tv console for the past 3+ years), and some we like, but just aren’t really working anymore.
Desk and all of his friends are clearly having some issues keeping up with the harrowing demands of a modern office, or at least the demands of keeping up with us. We have a second printer that’s not in this photo, by the way. It’s about as big as an ottoman. The footstool, not the Turk.
We’re not quite as messy now as we are in this picture, but it’s not much better. I put the filing cabinet in the closet, moved the side table elsewhere, and cleared some of the clutter on the desk to make room for the printer. There’s less stuff now, but it still looks pretty awful. Erik’s job necessitates that he keeps computer
crap paraphernalia around. My sewing, craft materials, and gift wrap have been getting lost/damaged in big bins and bags. I hate to say it desk, but I think we need drawers. We need more counter space. I don’t think you can ever give us those things.
So I’ve been on a desk hunt. Since Thursday. Lets add in to the mystery that we’re still not 100% sure what room the “office” will end up occupying. (There are FOUR possibilities, by the way). Even once we decide on a room, it might be moved one day if we dormer out the house, have a little one, or if I just wanna play musical chairs, er, musical furniture. Basically, the desk has to be flexible. It’s like the middle child that could end up sharing a room with any sibling. I’m a middle child. I think I understand what this desk is gonna need.
It can’t be huge, but we need it to be big. It has to be able to split into at least two desks if necessary (if it ends up in a room where space is too tight to arrange it as one piece). Ideally, it should be able to function as computer space and sewing space at the same time. The heavens parted, and this Pottery Barn desk shone down:
Of course I knew we would never, ever make such a purchase. The “$149 – $499″ promise touted at the top was surely a listing of the prices for each little piece. No surprise when I totaled out the elements in the photo and came up with this price tag:
Then I found a very similar-looking set from JCPenney (a knockoff no doubt) for much less, but only about 1/3 less. At $1,133, it was still way too steep. Add in the fact that the reviews said it was pretty poor quality.
Of course, after this, my mind whirred with ideas of making our own desk. We talked about it. I think building 12-odd feet of desk is like, the 10th grade level of home ownership. I don’t know what grade we’re in, but we still have snack time. We sipped on our juice boxes, took a nap, and thought some more.
Where does one look for stylin’ office furniture when solid wood isn’t in the budget? Come on now. Found this modest little cutie right away:
Ikea’s MICKE desk is sleek and comes in a variety of sizes. The biggest size (above) is only $70. I read reviews. Good. I checked out Ikea Hackers. Cool. I drew up a diagram of how to fit the different desk elements into the room. It worked. I emailed Erik. He liked it. Awesome.
The second photo is from a guy re-selling the thing on craigslist. I guess they don’t make it clear that the desk doesn’t come with baskets, a pretty rug, and fabric samples. Look, I’m not arguing that the desk isn’t quality, because I’m pretty sure it’s really solid. I’m just saying that the desk isn’t looking so hot ($1,700 hot) when it’s not all gussied up.
Basically, I just want the desk to be white. Pure and simple. Then I’ll dress it up all PB-style. Maybe I’ll even pretentiously hang up fabric samples.
We sprung for the MICKE on Sunday. Two desks and a filing cabinet. We squeaked in right under $200. Now where to put it…