Since starting our peer2peer incubator the Startup Port I’ve been looking for office (furniture) inspiration. We occasionally acquire furniture as our budget is dependent on our turnover (non-profit without subsidies).
I quickly found out about the genius Whiteboard desk created by Frank Denneman. It took me a while to pursue and I even forgot about it for a couple of months but I finally decided that this was going to be the centrepiece of my productivity. It needed to fit a couple of people though, so I took the dimensions and increased them just a bit.
I also wanted it to be able to be used creatively, and everywhere needed, so it had to be given wheels. Ideally it would even be adjustable in height, but I couldn’t come up with a simple, affordable solution for that.
As stated in Frank’s article I went to Ikea and ordered the maximum size Ikea offered and which would still fit into the cargo elevator. Sadly the delivery men were told that it wouldn’t fit, and the receptionist sent them up the stairs. This countertop weighs a tad over 83kg(!) Costs: 370,-
I didn’t go for the steel edges though, as Frank stated it would’ve nearly cost double, and that combined with the larger countertop would’ve made the desk’s total cost hit 1k.
Matthijs from Steigerbuisstunter.nl worked with me to realise my dream frame, he drew it up in Sketch and finally provided the frame’s parts and even put it all together, with a ‘little’ (and I mean that extremely literally) help from me. Having Matthijs at the Startup Port was essential in the realisation of this desk, even though he compares it all to Lego (for adults) so it must be doable. Costs: 290,-
The Whiteboard island is 122,5cm by 250cm and easily fits four, maybe even six if you put them on the ends. Total price cost was 660,- including taxes, excluding a trip to Ikea and some sweat.
How about some pictures? I didn’t take the time to shoot very nice pictures, but you get the idea from these shots:
See the supporting frame, also in the middle? They weren’t part of the original plan, but the Ikea kitchen man told me the top had to be supported every 80cm. I didn’t want to risk a bending top, so we went with these slant tubes to support the top in the centre.
Here you can easily spot the mirroring that occurs with a high gloss top/whiteboard desk. Keep this in mind and don’t place it right under fluorescent or very bright lights.
No shots of me being productive yet, others were way too busy having fun.
Like I just stated, others were having fun. I’m sparing you the genitals you’re guaranteed to see when you put this in a co-workingspace.
That’s it. I’m very happy with it. Very happy with the ability to have awesome brainstorms and the ability to write down anything, anytime I want, and secretly also with the looks on people faces when I do so in a meeting.