Desk setups are something that has fascinated Internet culture for years. Some of the most popular desk tours on YouTube have millions of views, and people can’t seem to get enough of them. From gadgets and gizmos, to desks and lighting, there’s a whole host of things that go into making the perfect desk setup. We’ve rounded up a few of our favourite setups from across the internet, and will highlight a few killer aspects for each.
1. This minimal and symmetrical desk setup with a stunning ocean views
This beautiful setup centred around the Microsoft Surface Studio was uploaded by Reddit user Caliform. Whilst the Surface Studio wouldn’t be my first choice of machine personally – it’s clearly an extremely functional working studio. Honorable mentions in this setup are the gorgeous B&W CM studio monitors, powered by an Creative Sound Blaster DAC and simple dark hardwood desk.
More photos of this setup available here.
2. This setup for self confessed pixel-heads
Three pixel dense screens with a hint at a fourth up above. There’s obviously a pretty powerful machine driving this setup, but for me the standout features is the damn cool customisable mechanical light up keyboard from Corsair, and the two monitor selections. The central screen is a 4K Phillips panel, whilst the vertical screens to the left and right are Dell 25″ 1440p monitors, that you can actually pick up for sub $300.
This particular setup won the category for ‘best productivity setup‘ voted on the r/battlestations subreddit.
3. This minimal setup for futuristic lighting lovers
I’m a sucker for nice lighting. The spacing between the mounted monitors and the desk adds to how light this setup feels. Lighting in this particular setup just consists of LED lighting strips, and the whole setup is nicely book-ended with these PreSonus studio monitors.
Another submission from the r/battlestations. This setup was submitted by Reddit user FXFormat, who seems to be a bit of an authority on banging minimal setups.
4. This ultrawide, panoramic standing desk setup
Here’s an interesting setup I stumbled across whilst researching this post on Tumblr. Aside from the awesome views, the two features that stand out to me with this one is the electric standing desk, the BEKANT from Ikea. The other is the 34″ ultrawide Dell monitor.
Ultrawide monitors are featuring in desk setups more and more, replacing multi-display setups. Whilst the Dell option is a fantastic high quality panel, there are other more affordable options available – like this one from LG.
5. And this ultrawide setup for pixel-loving mac users
One here for the Mac lovers in the audience. This desk setup actually uses that LG ultrawide monitor, or one very similar, that I just mentioned. You can pick up that monitor for around the $350 mark. Other components which add oomph to this setup are the gorgeous V-MODA over-ear headphones, which I personally own and can thoroughly recommend.
6. This simple, yet hugely effective PC battlestation
This is one of my favourite setup’s on the list, mainly due to how simple it is when you break it down. If you remove the fact that the PC build to the right looks like a hugely complex bit of kit, (geekgasm) there’s a few key components that turn this setup into a work of art. The speakers are one of these components. These monitors are called the Audioengine A5+ Premium pair, and they come in white as well as a rather gorgeous wood variety.
A few of the other components are the Logitech Performance MX Mouse, one of my favourites. As well as the Corsair K95 Keyboard. If you want to check out the full list of gear, this Imgur link contains a full breakdown.
7. This gorgeous Mac-centric studio desk setup
Here’s a setup that doesn’t need a lot of explaining – because it’s simply so mac heavy. iMacs and Cinema Displays are the most obvious components of this studio space. There’s also a bunch of other screens and drawing implements like graphic tablets.
This setup is owned by Mark Jardine, co-founder of Tapbots, an app design company. He’s talked about his setup in more detail here on his Flickr.
8. By contrast, this minimal Mac setup
Some of the simplest setups can also be the most effective. This is a great use of the 21″ iMac, which is already one of Apple’s cleanest simplest all in one computers. Along with that, I love the use of lighting in this setup. Simple use of a couple of spotlights gives the whole setup depth, and turns it from a slightly boring feel to a stylish one.
9. This dark and understated PC battlestation
A setup worthy of any matrix lover. These batman worthy studio monitors are the Emotiva Airmotiv 6, used in combination with monitor isolation foam. The darkwood desk made from the IKEA karlby worktop, and the monitor used is the pretty scarily expensive Acer predator 4k panel.
Full setup details can be found here.
10. This fun, light and relaxing Macbook desk setup
This setup features one of my favourite desk setups accessory. In comes the Walnut desk. This particular setup uses their walnut wood monitor stand, perfect for any setup that centres around a Macbook and a monitor.
11. The king of eclectic garden shed desk setups
The personal desk and working space of Kyle Plattner. It’s been geared hugely towards a rustic eclectic vibe, using macs and external displays. My personal favourite feature of this setup is the shelving.
It’s going to be difficult to emulate this particular setup… There’s a ton of custom work gone into it, but it’s so beautiful I couldn’t not include it. More details on this setup can be found here.
12. Another ultrawide and extremely clean PC workspace
You can read more about this setup here. In particular, there is a lot of good comments
13. This sliding minimalist iMac setup
Another super minimal and clean iMac/Macbook workstation, this is the desk of Julian O’hayon. Now my favourite aspect of this setup continues to be the sliding lower section on the desk. It’s by far the most unique thing surrounding the whole setup. I’ve searched high and low online and have not been able to discover what desk this is – if you know, share it in the comments! The other callout worth mentioning is the beautiful speakers. These are the Bose Companion 50, and the raised design would set any desk setup off in the right way.
14. This dark & moody gaming PC setup
This is a pretty serious PC setup that I can’t imagine would be overly great for productivity, but must be pretty incredible for gaming. With well chosen peripherals, the driver machine colour works effectively. The desk is the old IKEA galant line, and comes complete with Corsair gaming keyboard and mouse.
15. Go light and airy with this white & wooden mix
This setup features one of my favourite desks of all time, and one that’s right up there on my wishlist. Wood and white makes a perfect combination in my opinion, and the Herman Miller Airia Desk is one that has perfected this look. It’ll set you back a cool $2,500, but if you’ve got the money to spend I doubt you’d regret it.
Another really nice touch to this setup is the wooden Apple keyboard holder that matches the desk. This one is made by Grovemade, who has already made an appearance in this list. In addition, the Audioengine A2+ monitors complete the whole setup with their glossy white plastic finish.
16. This beautiful custom-built desk
Comparatively simple compared to a lot of setups on this list, the reason I like this one is due to it’s custom nature. Bobby Kane couldn’t find a desk to fit his needs, so he built one himself. Built from IKEA Capita legs and two separate stretches of oak. Extra touches include the gorgeous leather mouse mat from Upmonk, and Altec speaker system.
17. This super clean & minimal double monitor PC setup
Often you’ll find that Mac setups tend to be the cleanest and most simplistic, but that’s not the case here. Full details for this gorgeous white clad PC driver here.
Some of my favourite callouts here are the white PC case, and white PS4. I’d also just like to raise the keyboard, which is a ridiculously cool white mechanical board, but with multicoloured backlighting.
18. This ultrawide minimal Macbook setup
I’ve chosen this setup to feature, not because it’s particularly one of the most attractive setups on the web, but because it uses one of my favourite accessories. The Henge Dock.
The Henge Dock is a super cool Macbook stand, whilst doubling as a port connector. You can easily and quickly connect and disconnect to an external display simply by taking it in and out of the stand. Perfect for use with an ultrawide monitor as seen in this setup.
19. This wooden and rustic power station
I stumbled across this setup whilst browsing the Grovemade blog. It should come at no surprise that it features a ton of Grovemade products – but I had to include it because it’s so damn attractive. You’ll see the walnut wood used for the laptop stand, keyboard tray and pen holder. A nice little touch is the use of a bluetooth speaker over traditional computer monitors. These look to me like the UE Boom wireless speakers, which are extremely popular; for good reason.
20. This minimal yet effective desk setup
I’ve included this setup near to the end of the list because I think it’s a great example of making the most of your gear. Chances are, you’ve already got everything you need for a setup just like this one. The only investment you might need to spend on, would be a suitable desk. Though as we established earlier, you could actually build one yourself.
More info on this particular setup can be found here.
21. The ultimate setup for watching Thomas the Tank Engine
You can never have enough screens, and Thomas the Tank Engine agrees. Sorry, I just couldn’t help it. If, for some reason you wanted to read up on this setup you can do it here.