I recently went through a massive overhaul to my workspace.
The image above is my current setup and surprisingly, it’s not that hard to achieve.
I did a lot of research on deciding what I should do. Let this serve as your guide to what I found in creating the best minimalist desk setup for 2021. Updates will be made here as new things come long.
We’ll start off with the best desk accessories, move on to desk tech, go over the actual build of the desk, and wrap it up with a monitor and PC.
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Let’s get into it.
Hitting it off with the accessories that anyone can easily add to improve their setup. All of these items are available on Amazon.
A great looking industrial lamp that adds a lot of character. The Edison bulb is a must here. The filaments on these bulbs look amazing.
This pencil cup is high quality, has a lot of weight to it, and looks great partnered with the wooden desk.
For the aforementioned pencil cup – the best pens you can get for a reasonable price. Writing with these bad boys is butter.
A subtle addition but ties it all up nicely. Adds a nice contrast to the industrial setup.
For my desk, I use regular LED strip lights coupled with a Kasa Smart Plug (below) to make them Alexa-compatible and it works seamlessly.
The LED lights with smart functionality included supposedly can change colors and modes by asking your smart assistant to do so. I haven’t tested these, but I personally enjoy having most of my products tied into the Kasa ecosystem.
Your choice here is largely dependent on what you are wanting to do. Do you want to pair this device with your computer and use it as a speaker or listen to music in addition to controlling your devices? If the answer here is yes, you are going to want the Amazon Echo.
Do you primarily only want to use this to control devices in your setup or around your house? Then the Echo Dot will suffice.
I currently have 6 of these around my house. I love them.
These plugs allow you to control your LED lights and lamp on your desk with Alexa or the smart home assistant of your choosing. These plugs will also support HomeKit in the near future. This will allow you to control your devices with Siri. Needless to say, as an iPhone owner, I am pumped.
They can do all sorts of things like put on schedules, timers, and even track electricity usage.
There’s not much to say here. If you read my guide on iPhone Accessories in 2021, you know why I love them. They make listening to music a more enjoyable experience and admittedly, I use these with my PC more than my iPhone. Forgive me for my transgressions, Apple.
I like keeping an eye on things when I’m not home and when I lived in an apartment, having this camera hidden on my desk behind one of the plants concealed it perfectly.
Combine this camera with the app IFTTT and you can create a routine that turns the camera when you leave the house. Pretty nifty, right?
With this much value packed into your workspace, it’s vital to get a surge protector to safeguard your setup. I love this power strip for several reasons:
Now, you have a great setup. Don’t be a heathen and ruin it with cables running rampant all over the place. These clips can hold several cables and have a strong 3M adhesive backing that stick strongly to desk surfaces. Use these clips to make nice hidden “tracks” around your setup.
These Velcro ties partner perfectly with the clips from above. They tie all the cables into a nice, neat bunch while the clips route where your bundled cables go. These 2 combined will perfectly hide all the cables around your setup.
The K780 is the best combination of price, form, and function. It excels at multi-device use with support for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS devices.
A lip at the head of the keyboard serves as a stand for phones and tablets if you wish to type on such a device or like the idea of your phone conveniently docked right in front of you. This keyboard can sync with 3 different devices and easily cycle between them via Bluetooth or the included USB dongle.
Multi-device usage or an attached phone stand isn’t your thing? The K800 only works with Windows but adds a backlit keyboard.
Do you laugh at the idea of budgets? The Azio Retro Classic stands above the rest as the most beautiful keyboard ever fabricated and fits the industrial aesthetic perfectly. A backlit mechanical keyboard provides a pristine typing experience with “clicky” key presses. Both Mac and Windows are supported. I want this.
High quality, minimalist design, and a reasonable price make this mouse a great choice. It can only be paired to one device at a time, though, so you’ll need to re-pair if you want to switch between devices. It also only uses Bluetooth and does not include a USB dongle, so your device will need to be Bluetooth-compatible. It can also connect to Apple products.
A multi-device master, this mouse easily switches between 3 different Mac and Windows devices. It can connect via Bluetooth or the included USB dongle.
A fantastic budget option, this mouse is whisper quiet. Similar to the Surface mouse, the only connection option is Bluetooth and a single device can be connected at a time.
A particular desk top from IKEA has become the gold standard for these kind of setups. The funny thing is, it’s a countertop.
The IKEA Karlby countertop in Walnut looks great and won’t cost you an entire paycheck. I got the shorter 74″ version (which is still very long for a desk because it’s meant to be a countertop) but they also make a crazy long 98″ version.
For the legs, I got 3 of the IKEA Lerberg Trestles – one on each side and one in the middle. Now I don’t think the middle one is super necessary, but it gave me some piece of mind because their have been reports from other IKEA hackers using the Karlby that it can sag in the middle over time. If you’d prefer having storage space, the IKEA Alex Drawers are a very popular option for the desk base.
To keep the 3 trestles aligned and in their proper places, I picked up some of the strongest Velcro-like material you can purchase. This isn’t exactly Velcro, but it’s functionally similar, and it provides a 5 times stronger hold. If you wish, you could also go with some Industrial Strength Velcro.
The first time I saw a super ultrawide, I seriously considered buying one. They are truly a sight to behold. If you have the desk space, you can’t go wrong with one of these. Samsung started the super ultrawide party and due to its popularity, other brands quickly followed suit. This Viotek monitor also features a whopping 144Hz response rate and while it wins there, it loses in resolution with only a 1080p display.
That wraps it up for the best minimalist desk setup in 2021. Have any suggestions for this guide? I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below or send me a message.