Over knee drawers on a desk?
As a furniture designer with an ergonomist wife I feel pretty well placed to say that desks with a drawer underneath are crap, and are designed by people that haven’t got a clue. The fact that picture has an iMac with a far too low screen for anyone over 5 foot 6 says all you need to know about style over functionality.Posted 3 years ago
I’d like to make a desk, and was planning on having over-knee drawers, something like this:
However, thinking about it, I’m not sure they’re a good idea. Seems like 28inches is a good desk height (for writing and laptop use). That only gives about 5inches from the top of the desk to the top of my knees. My current desk is only an inch thick, and I occasionally bash my knee if I cross my legs. If the drawers are within 5inches deep, my legs will fit under, but crossing won’t be an option (MTFU?) Unless I increase the desk height, and then that messes with ergonomics etc.
Does anyone have a desk with drawers over the knee? What height is the bottom of the drawers and the top of the desk? How do you get on with it?
Ta,Posted 3 years ago
Clear the crap out of your office/desk and you have no need for a drawer.
or fit a small Ikea draw tidy on fully extending drawer runners to the side of where you sit and it is always fully accessible, 2 inches thick and not too deep to be like a woman’s handbag. Have done this to the desk at home that 2 adults and 5 kids use.Posted 3 years ago
Thanks for the replies guys. As I thought then, sounds like a bad idea. May have a smaller drawer off to the right side, which is where the second monitor will be (so never sit that side). Does mean the desk isn’t symmetrical though.
ajc – if you don’t mind me asking, do you have a website? Always interested designers’ work.
On a semi-related topic, I would really like to use some kind of (nicely finished) reclaimed timber for the main surface, maybe something like this;
Am I likely to find reclaimed wood which requires minimal re-working (ie no more than a table saw and power sander)? If so, what kind of thing might I be looking for? Guess I’d want something about an inch thick.
Ta,Posted 3 years ago
Almost there, but you should still be able to adjust the height between monitor and keyboard. Also with that setup it looks like you would have to over reach to use a mouse on the desk surface, unless there is some space on the little shelf next to the keyboard. Monitor is also far too close.Posted 3 years ago
Hmm, hadn’t thought of putting my second monitor behind and above my laptop, interesting idea.
Are you on a mac? Does it annoy you that there isn’t anything stopping the mouse moving onto the top screen when you are selecting something on the menu bar? (or vice versa if on Windows and the bottom bar)Posted 3 years agoDorset_KnobMember
Are you on a mac? Does it annoy you that there isn’t anything stopping the mouse moving onto the top screen when you are selecting something on the menu bar?
You know you can change that behaviour in preferences? (Displays > Arrangement, then drag the menu bar to the other monitor. Makes life easier.)Posted 3 years agobigdeanSubscriber
I’ve had a long battle with work abbout desk heights at 6’6″ the desk was too low but also not deep enough as elbow to hand length had my hanss under the monitor. Ended up with additional desk top fitted to raise it 60mm and monitor(s) is on metal off cuts.Posted 3 years ago
The worse bit is nothing getting done till i said i was getting back pain and having to do stretching exercises.
Edit: waiting for sarcastic comment on 6’6″ desk.
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