March 27, 2006
A few years ago, I did a bit of research on computer desks and decided on this AnthroCart model:
And it's a fantastic computer desk. But its Wife Acceptance Factor (WAF) is abysmal for a few reasons:
- It's absolutely enormous
- It's black
- Its design is better suited to an office than a home
Plus, we just bought a small home in the Bay Area*, and we need to optimize for space. Looks like I'll be selling the Anthrocart.
Which means I'm looking for a smaller desk now.
I had to buy an additional desk when I moved to California, prior to all our stuff arriving. Since we have easy access to IKEA, I went with the IKEA Jerker desk.
You can see the edge of the Jerker in the bottom-most photo of Phil's dog Twiggy. There's something about the Jerker that inspires people: Behold! The shrine to the IKEA Jerker desk!
Although I really do like the Jerker-- and the name alone is worth the 99 bucks-- I'm still researching my options. What is your favorite computer desk, and why?
* Holy crap. That was written in 2004, so add another ~20% appreciation for 2005.
Posted by Jeff Atwood
Jeff.. sell the anthrocart yet? I want it!!!
I've had the "D2 Pocket Desk" about a year and I'm still raving about it. It has three key things for me. 1) wheels, so I can move it around my house to follow (or hide from) the sun, 2) a compartment in back for hiding cords and things and 3) a full length slideout keyboard tray.
I have a wifi desktop computer and a laptop (that uses an external monitor) on it and I actually have the laptop all my cords, and a UPS hidden in the compartment. I can unplug the "desk" from the wall and roll it around to a new spot without losing connectivity or power. And with everything hidden, it has a very clean look to it.
Dave K: if you're willing to drive to zip code 94707 to pick it up, I can definitely sell it to you.
It disassembles nicely, but I'm not shipping it anywhere!
You might take a look at the BioMorph desk line (biomorphdesk.com). Broad space, great for my multiple monitors, and with height adjustments (some of the desks are electric, haven't tried those). The downside? Far, far, far away from $99. I do like the simplicity, the broad surface area.
i have a few jerkers. i love them. they are sturdy, durable and while not on-the-fly adjustable, they are rather adustable for differing height preferences.
I am also a big fan of the unfortunately-named Jerker, which turned out a perfect desk for my wife. I have more gear, so I bought a sprawling Ikea Galant desk with A-frame adjustable legs. The angle and height adjustment with these is just great. Yeah, it's huge, and eats up a good chunk of my living room. On the other hand my wife gets to have a small pipe (well, really vacuum tube) organ and a real harpsichord. Thank god for the architects who designed pre-war apartments in Brooklyn.
I need my legspace. I used a Walnut Folding Table:
29"H x 30"D x 96"W. $50 at office stores for over a decade. Wouldn't want to put a 19" CRT in the middle, but it's fine above the leg. Since my Dell Inspiron 9300, who neads a desk? Nothing beats my Palliser (a href="http://www.palliser.com/sofaschairs04.htm),"http://www.palliser.com/sofaschairs04.htm),/a except maybe a Bradington-Young recliner (a href="http://www.bradington-young.com/recliners.asp)."http://www.bradington-young.com/recliners.asp)./a And if you get them in High Point, NC at a place like Furniturland South, Boyles, or Black's Furnitur.
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I want to know what desk can hold the following (safely)
a) 30" lcd
b) 21" crt
c) at least one printer/scanner combo
d) various books/keyboards/mice/etc
I'd be a bit wary putting all that on the Jerker.
I have to say, I swear by my Jerker. Had it since, I think, 1997 or so...
My brother has one with extra features and he loves it. I bought some for my kids and I have to say, small is not really how I would describe it. Large and simultaneously cramped comes to mind.
Of course, my desk is just an old office desk with the drawers removed and then I put IVAR shelves (also from IKEA) on the back of the shelves and down one side. A frankendesk of sorts (We'll ignore the fact that the front 2 legs of the desk mysteriously levitate in the air but still feel pretty solid).
I'm not sure that I would absolutely recommend it for others, but it has allowed me an incredible degree of flexibily as I reorganize constantly.
As far as my idea computer desk? I have yet to find the perfect desk, but it would have to be modular so that I could add parts as I need/want them, and so I could rearrange them as the mood/need suited me.
Oh sweet mary is that an ugly desk! :) I mean I need to much whiskey to get that image out of my brain.
In all my years at different desks the best setup for me is any desk that is L-shaped. If the vertex of the L is rounded so much the better but an L is a must. It makes multiple monitors so much easier than a straight desk and I can swivel to the right or left to sketch something out. I still do a lot of quick pseudocode or diagrams on paper so the work area is a must.
Actually my favorite desk was two 4-foot folding tables pushed together to create an L. Simple, cheap, easy to reconfigure and move. A few rolling organizers and you're set.
I found any desk that has an organizational system top-side only becomes a disorganizationl system to shove things I don't exactly want to deal with right then but are "too important" to put in a drawer or to file.
I'm using a shabby square table with not enough room for legs. I don't recommend that.
I'll second the remark on moving with the Jerker... it's an exercise in frustration for the most part, although I do really like mine - and have moved twice with it!
The model Ikea currently carries is - IMHO - a poor cousin to the original, which has slide-out trays on either end (the front of the desk looks like half of a hexagon) and additional shelves that hang off the sides... For me, that was the major attraction - extra space when/if I need it and a good amount of workspace. I don't think I'd classify the Jerker as small, though.. :)
I once had a Jerker, and even though it's adjustable and comfortable, it's a nightmare when you're moving it (not to mention when you move it to another apartment, which I've had the doubtful pleasure of doing several times). These days I use an ordinary flat desk and never been happier.
Loved my Jerker desk since 2000. Oldschool Jerker in dark wood and black metal, the version with the 2 slide out trays. The good thing about the trays is that you can slide them out to create more desk space _around_ you. There's something oddly geeky satisfying having 2 monitors on the riser, a laptop on your left tray and a C++ bible on the right tray.
Though I'm a communication major these days, I was a compsci before I switched. People never realise this until they see the Jerker, filled out with computer gear as the center holy shrine of my room - two monitors, 2 cases, laptop, BW laserjet, colour inkjet, digicam, DVcam, etc etc. The damn thing holds every electronic item I own without a problem. Everything important in the room is reachable from my leather director's chair at the Jerker, with the exception of my Nespresso machine (safety precaution: no apparatus that involves water near the computers).
I love this desk. It's absolute hell to move. But I love this desk. My sis has the new style Jerker, light wood and grey metal. But it sucks. And it's also absolute hell to move :)
If you've got the cash, check out the Interactive Desk from workspaces.com. Very customizable, and designed with computer hardware in mind, but not (forgive me) butt-ugly like most "computer desks" tend to be.
The best setup I've ever had is the current executive desk and matching credenza. The desk is is 6 ft wide and 3 ft deep. It's perfect for multi-monitors (2 21" LCDs) along with my papers, books and junk when I'm not feeling organized and leave papers etc. on the desk. You can buy similar at Staples or Office Depot/Max, but it's pressed wood and costs ~$200.
I lucked and bought my whole setup from Craigslist for $65, and it's real wood (I know because I had to disassemble it to get into my office).
The Jerker looks pretty neat. Some of those layouts from the shrine page are too cramped for my taste though. Rob, it looks like the jerker will hold all of the things you require based on some of those pics!
My wife chose the HUSAR computer cupboard from IKEA, so its 'WAF' rates at 99% for me!
Everything shuts away nicely, and looks smart, but there is room inside for all my music gadgets as well as the PC and peripherals.
I feel all your comments are very interesting. Space optimization seems to be an increasingly issue, day by day. The way to go for many people is creating flexible L type layouts, always with wheeld units, and with sturdy, yet light furinture, so as to allow constant changes and mobility. With 5 coputers in our home (one for me, one for my wife and one for each of our three kids), we highly value mobility and space maximization. We are lucky I work at a comuter desk importer company, where is is easy to find compact modules to fit our needs, including the typical WAF (Wife acceptanece factor PLUS the KAF (Kids! acceptabe factor).
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Regarding the newer Jerker desk and its ability to hold heavy objects. At 170 lbs, I've actually stood on the desk surface for extended periods to do work on higher shelves. It is solid no doubt top to bottom.
I've got a huge INTERACTIVE desk setup from WORKSPACES.COM, I may get another couple pieces or so when I move to a house and have a bigger office....it looks great, very clean looking without being clinical, is tough and sturdy, and wears well. Any desk setup will have drawbacks, but I found this one to have the least.
That Lian Li desk actually looks quite sick! I love metal... *drool*
I am currently struggling with a poached kitchen table with not enough space for legs. I must agree with Michal: this is bad.
I cant stand pull out drawers. They break, get it the way, are noisy, and can hurt! Just give me a rounded L-shape and I will be happy :)
No offense, but the Anthro doesn't compare to the Ikea Jerker. The Jerker is crap - particle board crap. Yes, the Anthro is not cheap but you get what you pair for.
Just bought the anthro console unit - LOVE IT. It's perfect for my uses and the wife loves it too. In fact, I have to kick her off my computer most of the time.
It was such a sad day when I learned that the Jerker line was discontinued! They had a blow out sale here in Ottawa and the shelves (I needed one more!) were going for $2!!!
I've been nothing but satisfied with my ScanCo PowerTable since I bought it in 1995 to serve as an appropriate altar for my Power Mac 7100/80AV. Those desks were commonly advertised in Mac magazines back then. But they haven't been advertised for a while now - I don't expect they still make these desks. (I even received an extensive brochure from the company at one point - the computer desk was made in Denmark, if I recall right.)
I even sprung for the optional desk bridge and two roll-away carts (one of which still serves as my printer table/night stand).
My computer desk has been in continuous use since I bought it (my Intel iMac looks right at home on it, these days) and it looks as good as new - gotta love those sturdy beechwood ply legs. It's what made me like beechwood as furniture material.
It's got a lot of table surface area, which is a requirement for me for any desk.
It does NOT look like a computer desk, though it is designed to be functional as one.
For our new iMac for our front room, my wife and I just bought the small-size Fredrik workstation from IKEA (it looks to be a successor of sorts to the Jerker), which we haven't even unboxed yet. We'll see how that works out.
I'd be interested in hearing how the Fredrik pans out - I really wanted a Jerker, but now that they're discontinued that may be tough.
wow this is lively thread started years ago! well i own the new-style jerker love it! yes the surface is pressed wood with a plastic venear on it. yes it can be slightly wobbly with a 24" 19" lcd (dual monitor mount arms; screw stock lcd bases). and also a laptop stereo on the swing shelves. yes its big and somehow cramped at the same time. but damn, find me a stronger sturdier desk in the $100-$200 range that can hold everything and looks good i'll probably buy you a beer.
This is of interest to me as I have to design our new development office in the coming month. Having read your other posts, I would be very interested in hearing what your thoughts are on the wider development office experience (chair/desk/desk planning) etc.
Also looking for high end computer desks - any more suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
As did many of us, I threw together my first decent desk while a college student - the time-honored $5 damaged door over a set of cinder blocks. Funny thing is, I've never gotten completely away from that quick dirty (not to mention cheap) way of producing a desk on the fly. I've done so in remote offices, at home, etc. Most variations have been in the base which has utilized file cabinets, saw horses, or whatever was handy at the moment. Here's my latest approach capitalizing on $22 worth of damaged kitchen countertops from the home improvement store on top of a pair of file cabinets that I'd already had for years:
Pro: Max elbow room
Con: Unfinished rear requires this desk to be placed against wall
I happened upon this thread in my quest to find out what happened to the Jerker. The Jerker was/is the perfect desk in both performance and price. So sturdy and simply stylish. I was ready to pick up a couple of two tier units to completely revamp my computer room and surprise! Ikea discontinued the Jerker for the Fredrik. So sad. After a detailed inspection at the store I determined that the Fredrik isn't worthy of standing in the Jerker's shadow. Ikea, if you are listening, please bring the Jerker back...
I picked up a right return Ares from the executive desk company.
It fits really well in my office since I own a loft. I wanted a modern desk with a more organic styling than a simple rectandular desk. The side table works well both a mobile workspace for my wife's laptop and also a writing/organizational space. It's really sturdy too.
At the time, I was also considering the Vast model (http://www.edeskco.com/vast.html) but the Ares came with the mobile side table.
I've long felt that just staying in one position -- no matter HOW "ergonomic" that position -- is Not a Good Idea for long term back / hips / neck care. I always wanted an adjustable-height desk (as in "on-the-fly" adjustable, like mentioned above), but found them too expensive, or too small, or too cumbersome to be practical. I looked for about five years before I found what I was looking for -- it's a motorized desk frame imported from Europe. They sell them on eBay now, but you have to provide your won "top" part: http://stores.ebay.com/Computer-Desk-Specialists
does anyone know where there are extra parts for this series? I want an extra shelf, printer tray draw.
I had the Jerker for a while (just sold it to a family member, I have another desk now). It is a *great* desk, I just wish it was bigger (I have several computers. The Anthrocart looks awesome! I'd love to know if it can be found in Australia.
I went to a gaming cafe and saw the Jerker desks for the first time and now I want one... I found out that IKEA no longer sells them =( anyway, I am glad that you have this topic going, I am looking for desk now for the screaming fast gaming system I just built! Lots of good ideas on this page, bookmarking it for now till I have more time tomorrow to do more research.
Hi, I'm with Anthro and was reading the string and I wanted to mention that we are having our Birthday Sale, through the month of October '08, come check us out we've marked down most of our products about 35%, including the Fit Console Unit shown above. If price is a concern, now is a fantastic time to be an Anthro owner.
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I stumbled upon this thread while researching computer desks. I'm in the process of designing my own dream desk. I'm wondering if there's market to sell them. Every single desk i've seen so far bothers me because they're not deep enough and there's never any usable cable management. Mine is going to be pretty big, 60x37, and have a row of cable holes instead of the standard 2 or 3. Underneath I'm going to mount some decent pro-quality cable management hardware (i HATE cables). Also, it's not going to have a worthless keyboard tray or drawers oh and nothing on the back so you'll have plenty of leg room.
I've never seen a Jerker before until now, it's ok, the shelves seem handy but again the cable management sucks. I've seen these aluminum framing kits that would make a decent desk frame similar to a Jerker. You can attach whatever you want anywhere on the structure.
if you'd like to stay updated on my progress drop me an email at chasd00-at-gmail-dot-com
I have been using the OP10 above for five years now and it should be part of any of the setups above. All those all in one desks that hold the PC monitor printer etc have no leg room when you sit in front of them. Rarely do you see any of these desks with anyone using them and if they are they are sitting half way up there chair reachiung for the keyboard or mouse.
This OP10 lets me sit back in my chair and lean back, the base rolls underneath me and its like having the kbd/mse or my laptop float over my lap--very comfortable. Especially with a wireless setup. What's the use having a wireless setup if you are still attached to the desk?
Thanks so much for starting this thread. I have been looking for a height-adjustable desk for months now, and Anthro might be where I finally buy it from. So far I have looked at the AirTouch series by Steelcase, AdjusTables by Details, and the Adjustable Height Desk that GeekDesk sells on Bonanzle. The problem is we are really looking to get away with a desk that's 50 wide or more, can go from sit to stand, and costs under $750. The GeekDesk by Bonanzle seemed like the best option, but it doesn't include a top, and the ones we've found are too expensive (no Ikea around these parts, folks!) If anyone had any great suggestions, let me know!
Have you priced out the GeekDesk Original frame, using a hollow-core door for a top? That's what I ended up doing, and am thrilled with the choice. Should meet your price requirement, makes for a nice BIG work surface as well, and hollow-core doors are available just about everywhere, and (if you're aesthetically sensitive) can be easily painted to match just about anything.
I'm loving my setup, and don't think I'll ever got back to a sitting-only desk. Ever.
helpful post. thank you. I really appreciate it
The Biomorph desks are great, but their customer service is absolutely horrendous.
Be prepared to wait for up to three separate shipments from two different carriers without any communication from the company about when you can expect them. I ordered my desk close to seven weeks ago and I'm still waiting for the final piece.
I would never order from them again!
Thanks for the post. I've been working while standing for the past year or so. I've recently begun a quest for a home desk that will allow me to stand. It looks like Anthro has just what I need. Woo hoo!
I love the look of this computer desk. Thank you for showing a pic.Get various computer desks online at spacify
You can help youself by using any of a number of sit to stand desk units on the market. Most dont give you the ability to adjust your keyboard and monitor separately which is the best way to maximize your comfort. Ergo Desktop provides 3 models that give you dual ergonomics and pricing starts at just $497.00 and just $397.00 for a unit that has just single ergonomics.
This is a very brave computer desk option because it chooses function over form. However, I've found the Wife Acceptance Factor to be rather overwhelming! Jeff, please check http://www.desksuppliers.com and I'm sure you'll find just the right compromise! You'll find exceptional values that'll allow you to multitask like a mad man while retaining a remarkably high WAF!
Had to laugh at the Wife Acceptance Factor!! As a wife (of another Jeff btw) I have to say that a glass">http://www.computerglassdesks.com">glass computer desk is likely to be more aesthetically pleasing than a big chunky black desk:-) However as you wrote this 4 years ago now I hope you've found the perfect desk:-)
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nice workspace, but all you really need is a macbook pro to kick it on your bed. I recently just got hooked up through my brothers Apple Military Discount and I love my Mac. Then again it does depend on what you need the workspace for. Nice post.
Just to let anyone interested to know. I just discovered that many of Anthro's products are being sold at a deep discount at Anthro.com/Sale. It should cut into the price a little for some of you.
I have that IKEA desk too and I really like it :D