OK, I need a new desk. The spec for it is pretty specific - both so it'll fit where I want it, and so my computer will fit into it.
I have been unable to find anything that is quite right by trawling google. Locally, I could get someone to make me one from scratch - but we're probably talking £1000. And I don't have any pallets handy to make it myself.*
However. Oak Furniture Land do have something which is nearly
perfect. And it's in the exact range our other lounge furniture comes from, so would match beautifully. The issue is that my computer won't fit in it.
My dad is a retired joiner. I didn't want to ask him to build something from scratch, as a bit of a big ask. But I've spoken to him about whether it would be possible to modify that desk, without leaving obvious scars, and he reckons so.
What we're** currently planning is to:
Remove the back of the cupboard for airflow.
Remove the crosspiece between the drawer and cupboard, and remove the drawer. This gives enough height for the computer to sit in there.
This is the clever bit:
Attach the front edge of that crosspiece, and the front of the drawer, to the top of the cupboard door. So it looks when closed exactly as it does now, but the whole front is cupboard door.
This is the even cleverer bit:
The intention was to have the door open whenever the computer is on, again to aid airflow. But we're thinking that the drawer front, instead of being solidly attached to the cupboard door - why not hinge it? So instead of opening the entire door, I have a flap at the top which hinges down, to allow airflow and access to buttons and USB ports.
This gets me something close to perfect, and saves me £500.
I'm going to take my dad to the showroom to have a proper look at the unit so we can decide if it's workable. But I'd be interested in other peoples thoughts and ideas too.
*By which I actually mean, I don't have anything approaching the ability. I might take the mickey out of SiF's work, but I find it rather impressive really.
**By which I mean my dad will do, while I hover in the background attempting to be helpful but mostly just getting in the way.