If you’re like most humans, you spend a lot of time in front of a computer. Doesn’t it make sense, then, to maximize the dopeness that is your workspace? …to create a sanctuary of creativity, clarity, and inspiration?
The problem is that it can seem too tall o’ task to get one of those slick setups you see on Instagram.
Step 1: Get Inspired
The best ideas are stolen. So figure out what you like by checking out all of these dope setups:
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I know what you’re thinking… “Eric, those are cool, but I’m not a freaking interior architectural designer person; I can’t just throw together some Pinterest-worthy workspace like a damn magician.”
I’m here to tell you: it’s really not that hard. Here are just a few things to do to get you most of the way there:
Step 2: Clean Your Clutter
What do all 22 of those setups have in common? There’s not trashy shit everywhere like there is on your desk. So clean it already. I’m not your mom, I shouldn’t have to tell you this. By removing all the bullshit from your workspace, you’re going to have a decent setup by default.
Step 3: Go HELLA O.C.D. On It
Everything should be symmetrical or in line. If I draw an imaginary line from the bottom edge of your keyboard that extends across horizontally… that shit better be perfectly parallel or perpendicular to everything else on your desk.
Effectively, everything should be in a grid. Bonus points for symmetry.
Step 4: Buy Some Desktop Speakers
Almost every one of these setups has a pair of nice speakers that frames the focal point that is the main monitor/display/screen. The pair of speakers lends itself well to the aforementioned symmetry goal… and guess what: they’re really not that expensive.
Here are some of my faves:
Step 5: Purple LED Backlighting, bro
Don’t lie to yourself. The dopest setups in that gallery were the ones that all had the purple backlighting. Not sure why that’s a thing, but you should make it a thing for your thing.
OK, blue works too…
But, you know what they say:
If you ain’t backlit, you ain’t legit.
So get backlit with some super easy LED strips. LESS THAN 20 DOLLARS!
Step 6: If you don’t have one already, you’ll need a big ass, dope display
Your budget and desktop real estate are going to dictate this purchase, so I don’t want to decide for you, but there’s this website called Amazon where you can buy anything for the lowest price available and it arrives at your house in 2 days for no charge. You should check it out. Here is their selection of computer monitors and external displays.
Somewhat of a limited selection though… this Amazon website only has 27,000 products in this category.
Here’s a 27-incher with great reviews for $199.
Last Step: Maybe get some plants or other decor to make the space “unique” or whatever
Here are thirty seven thousand fake plants to choose from.
Or just get these 4 for 28 bucks and call it good.