Creating your dream desk on a budget

A clean desk that spurs on productivity is so underrated

We’ve all heard of housewarming, and now get ready for the next big thing - deskwarming.

As ridiculous as it sounds, the value of a clean and clutter-free desk could not be more important as you rush through work seeking that eureka moment where all your ideas just flow. These moments are best realised in a conducive environment stripped of distractions.

It's going to take a bit of effort and discipline, but at least it’s affordable and wholly satisfying. Follow these tips for a desk setup that brings out the best in you. 

Light colours increase productivity

We begin with the bigger picture – the room itself. We highly recommend a new coat of paint to get your new room feeling properly fresh.

Calm blues or clean whites will definitely do the trick. They feel bright and it never gets boring to look at. Avoid yellows and greens which can make your room feel warm or give of a sense of sickliness when its older, especially when you don’t have natural light spewing in.

Light colours even apply to your furniture too – take a look at desks with light-coloured surfaces, like birch or white plastic coating. It enhances light in your workspace, and hopefully your ideas too. 

Get a big desk

You need to sit in front of one to fully take in its profound effect, but physical space and inspiration are more closely linked that you think. You get a sense of freedom and relief that you don’t get with cramped set ups.

A good gauge of an ideally big desk is at least twice of the space you’d occupy with your laptop/desktop, so that you have sufficient space to literally roll over to the other side to do paperwork, and then back to the computer again.

That said, it’s going to take discipline to ensure that you don’t pile up the paperwork and newspapers that eats up desk space. But trust us, it’s well worth it.

Head over to IKEA for some affordable and huge table tops – from as low as RM59. Here's a budget-friendly way to create the biggest desk you can-  select individual table tops and legs separately then assemble it on your own, instead of purchasing a ready-made one (it’s IKEA, you’ll be fine).Think big - you can also look at dining tables instead of the conventional desk for some expansive real estate.