Our project of installing new lighting and repainting rooms has led to the need to completely empty out my home office - which means I decided to take the opportunity to rebuilt the layout and update the now 30 year old furniture.
The room is about 9 ft x 9.5 feet.
My plan is an 8 foot desktop along one wall; most likely a drawer cabinet (Ikea) on one wall perpendicular to the desk for some storage drawers and printers on top, and the opposite wall with an Ikea Kallax unit to provide bookshelves and additional storage / filing.
I am trying to decide on material / sourcing for the desktop, which will be 8 feet long and 30” deep (flexible on that, but would like at least 28” to allow depth for working in front of the dual Apple Studio displays that I use).
I think the most viable choices come down to:
Ikea desktop. These are reasonably priced; seem popular on the Internet blogs. I am generally not excited about wood veneer products, but wonder if the internal corrugated cardboard construction is actually more sturdy than intuition would imply due to the strength of corrugated cardboard.
Butcher block. Much more expensive in this size, heavy (more on support below), and I wonder if this is the best material given the potential for warping over time.
Bamboo. This would actually be my material of choice, but I have yet found a source for a desktop in this size at a reasonable price.
I am willing to spend some money on this, but not break the bank money.
In terms of support for the desktop and contents, I want to overbuild to some extent given that it will support two Apple Studio displays (and a Mac Studio, but that hardly weighs anything!), possible my second printer, and I might at some point put a Kallax unit on one end for additional bookshelving / storage space.
My learning at present is to build a frame using metal piping, 1 1/4”, probably with SteelTek components which I have used to building backyard railings which have proven quite sturdy. In addition to a leg at each corner, I will put two additional along the back of the desk to help prevent sagging. This should be able to more than meet the support requirements.
I was also thinking of building a support for a shelf about 8 or.10 inches deep about 8 inches below the desktop in the back, where I can put various networking hardware devices such as eero unit, switch, Ring alarm hub, and Ooma telephone hub, and my Synology server. However, I don’t know if putting wireless devices (eg the Ring hub and eero) on that shelf might not be a mistake as the surrounding metal might degrade wireless connectivity. The Synology and the Ooma don’t matter as they will be connected via Ethernet.
Would appreciate thoughts on desktop material (and if you have a vendor to recommend that would be great) and the idea of the under-desk shelf (I could build it and then use it to store something else as well as to run cables, so not a total loss if I build it and don’t use it for that purpose.