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Posted: 5/3/2013 8:45:37 PM
I've recently had a scrapbook room built for me with a wall of shelves and all. However, I need a new desk...any ideas or suggestions on the best?


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Posted: 5/3/2013 8:58:43 PM
I don't know what would be "best", but one consideration is whether you like to scrap seated or standing, and from there maybe decide if you want a counter height or "regular" height work space. I went counter height because I like to stand when working. But I still have tall chairs for when I'm "thinking" and moving paper around.

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Posted: 5/3/2013 11:11:07 PM
I love my setup from Ikea. I got a desktop, then chose 4 legs that can be adjusted up or down. That way I have some flexibility in table height. And it wasn't terribly expensive.


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Posted: 5/3/2013 11:41:41 PM
Every one is different.. I love my huge L-shaped desk ..tons of room
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Posted: 5/3/2013 11:57:28 PM
I have a sit down area but if I had the space I would want a stand up counter with a bar stool just incase I want to sit. Everyone is different so it just depends on what you want.

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Posted: 5/4/2013 12:10:53 AM
My preferred "desk" for scrapping is a smallish resin table I bought at WM.
I don't feel bad if I get something messy on the table top and it folds up out of the way if I ever feel the need for floor space.

I also have a sauder desk with hutch that I like very much. I like the cubbies in the hutch for sorting items but it isn't a strictly scrapping desk. I pay bills, do computer work and homework here (I'm a student too)

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Posted: 5/4/2013 12:18:07 AM
I didn't know there were adjustable legs for the Ikea table tops. I just got the standard legs. In any case, I bought two tables and have them arranged in an 'L' shape. One holds my printer and Cricut, the other is a work space. I don't know how much room you have, but these tables are great. Inexpensive, spacious, and clean up easily with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.

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Posted: 5/4/2013 1:42:48 AM
I like L shaped desks. I keep my laptop on the small part and have the large section for scrapbooking.

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Posted: 5/4/2013 2:56:22 AM
It depends on what you want in a desk. Do you want or need more storage? If so you need drawers. And the best desk for me was one with drawers and I looked into everything but what ended up being perfect for me were nice kitchen drawers from IKEA. I have a photo in my gallery. And they are perfect for me. I have been scrapbooking, crafting, painting and so much more because the space is so much more enjoyable.

So to answer your questions you have to figure out if you want drawers or an open desk and then find the best method to get what you want. Also my countertop was bought seperately at Home Depot or Lowes sorry I can't remember where??
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Posted: 5/4/2013 3:00:46 AM
Oh and it doesn't matter if it is countertop or not because you can always purchase countertop seating. I just wanted to add that. I like standing also and I moce my chair outta the way and stand. My chair is perfect for holding my papertrimmer.
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Posted: 5/4/2013 3:36:48 AM
For me it's the cheap Ikea table tops and legs. I've had other desks, but the tops have been my favorite. I'm hoping to update them to the gray ones for my birthday.

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Posted: 5/4/2013 4:06:54 AM
I have the Vika Amon table top from Ikea. Love it! You can choose from a variety of different types of "legs". Mine have shelves, but I'd love to change them out for ones that have drawers.

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Posted: 5/4/2013 4:32:36 AM
Something with lots of drawers or cupboards. I got a 2nd hand one with a bit sturdy top and lots of drawers - about 150cm wide - I think if I got another desk I would go for sturdiness over beauty.

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Posted: 5/4/2013 4:41:15 AM
Great ideas. I love the drawer and shelves for storage unit, that's probably what i am going to go with, but wouldn't be nice to do adjustable legs too? Decisions, decisions, good luck.

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Posted: 5/4/2013 5:32:30 AM
you are one lucky lady to get that room, I am jealous! Enjoy it to the fullest! I was looking for a desk for the corner of our bedroom, near a window, I think I will go to IKEA this week with the wall measurements. thanks for the tips, guys.

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Posted: 5/4/2013 6:10:55 AM
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Posted: 5/4/2013 6:21:36 AM
My requirement for my desk was drawers. I would really like one made with two of the smaller Alex drawers from IKEA and an IKEA desk top, but as there isn't an IKEA near me, I made my own desk with two of the storage cubes with drawers on each side and a 3ftx6ft piece of wood from Lowe's that I stained turquoise and then covered in polyurethane. Fairly inexpensive, so I don't mind if it gets messy but the poly coating lets most things wipe right off. and the drawers are essential for storing all of my most used supplies.


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Posted: 5/4/2013 6:34:23 AM
I don't know how long you have be scrappin' but I would like to say that you should know your style as in standing, sitting or both, lots of table top space or not. So think about when you scrapped before your new space and what worked and didn't work for you.

For me, I find I like a U shape counter height space. I like to stand and sit so a counter office chair that the height adjusts is a must. I like to be able to work on a layout and a step or two to stamp or cut. I don't like stamps/ink on my main workspace nor a large cutter.

My first room was 25 x 15 and I eventually disliked everything being so far away from my actual workspace so I made the U space with the opened end a walkway but also a stamp station. In other words, four stations, a work station, a cutting station, a stamping station and a paper station within steps of each other.

Then I kept things like albums, extra adhesives and stuff outside of the U shape. I am just moving into a room that is 9x12 and I first put everything against the wall but then there was all this floor space not being used and everything was not at my fingertips so I made another U shaped space.

Sometimes you have to experiment how you like a set up. you may need to put a temporary solution in the space till you know your style.

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Posted: 5/4/2013 7:53:24 AM
I like to stand so I got a smallish drafting table and have it level. It fits in my small corner scrap space. I have a stool for when I want to sit and storage shelves under it. You can see it in my gallery. I don't keep lots of things on the table as I like to be able to lay out 2 12x12 sheets side by side while working on them. My future table when I have an entire room is the wooden work bench from Harbor Freight. It has drawers and a shelf underneath and the right height for a stand up scrapper. On sale or with a coupon they are not very expensive and I won't have to worry about messing it up.



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Posted: 5/4/2013 9:38:46 AM
If I ever get my own room and it's big enough, this is the table I'd love to have. 4 bookcases, 2 doors and some hardware is all it requires. Not too expensive, enough storage and a whole lotta space to sprawl out.

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Posted: 5/4/2013 9:53:27 AM
I would love to have the Pottery Barn Project table or the Target Trestle desk. I currently have a fabric cutting table. It has sides that fold down. I keep one side down, but could open the other side up and have more scrapping space. I like to stand, so it works perfect for me. You can see my desk in my gallery.


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Posted: 5/4/2013 10:05:54 AM
I have a counter-height dining table that I bought at a furniture stores scratch and dent sale for $100. I love it. I have it sitting in the middle of the room, with Jetmaxx cubes under it. I can fit 16 cubes under there and it's a ton of storage. And they don't take up any additional floor space. There's a photo in my gallery do the room. It really works for me!

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Posted: 5/4/2013 10:10:56 AM
I definitely love everything from Ikea!


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Posted: 5/4/2013 10:17:37 AM
I love my furniture from Martha Stewart. I have a place to stand and sit. Good luck!


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Posted: 5/4/2013 11:51:32 AM
I wish I had an L shaped desk because you would have so much room!

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Posted: 5/4/2013 1:21:47 PM
I have an Ikea dining room table as my desk - chrome legs and a white/frosted look glass top... It's great because the glass top cleans up so easily... It fits under a counter height Ikea island thing I have, and that has a wood top so if I need to bash away at something I just make sure to do it on there

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Posted: 5/4/2013 1:47:32 PM
I have an IKEA desk. It's not exactly this one but it's very similar:

IKEA desk

I love it because it's durable and super easy to clean!

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Posted: 5/4/2013 1:50:45 PM
I went to work one Saturday, and came home to a long L shaped desk in my room! Hubby built it. He had asked me what I wanted, I wasn't 100% sure, he took what I had told him and built my desk - it turned out to be just what I wanted. It has shelves on one end for paper. It's nice having a Handy Hubby

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Posted: 5/4/2013 1:57:10 PM
I have a small folding/portable table that can be full table height but can be lowered so I can sit on the sofa and use it.
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