It’s a pleasant thought: You just got your brand new desktop computer and set it up nicely on the desk. It shines with its shiny newness, and you’re proud to own such a beauty. But, alas, that is only the beginning of the story. After some time (or after malware or hardware failures), you will find yourself in need of a new setup, and your old one will be retired.
20 Ideas To Setup Desktop Computer
If you plan on buying a desktop computer anyway, why not go the extra mile and give it a perfect home? This article will list 20 beautiful example setups, some with original ideas and some with slightly improved versions of classical approaches. Of course, not everything is for everyone, but I hope you can gather some inspiration from it.
If you have your setup, feel free to share it in the comments. Now, let’s begin with 20 great ideas for a programmer desk setup:
1) The Empire State of Mind:
This is a classic one, but with a twist: The two monitors are not placed next to each other, but one above the other. Besides looking cool, this setup has ergonomic benefits since you don’t have to crane your neck too much when looking at the lower monitor. However, this is not always practical or possible if you use specialized hardware like docking stations for your laptop. If that’s the case, your best solution would be a double screen on one side of your desk.
2) Up, up, and away:
It’s time for Superman to make an appearance. This setup is especially suitable for those who want their mouse close to the keyboard and monitor(s). Keep in mind that you need a spacious desk to accommodate this kind of configuration.
3) Work that looks like play
If you want to feel like a kid again, this is the perfect kind of setup for you. Of course, you’ll most likely need a laptop and some extra gadgets (like speakers) to turn it into a comfortable workstation. The picture below will give you an idea of what the final result could look like.
4) The L-shaped approach
If your desk is not wide enough to accommodate two monitors side by side, this solution with one monitor on the left and another next to it is perfect for you. It has the benefits of being practical and ergonomic as well as looking good.
5) A laptop per user
Don’t have enough space for two or more monitors? Then, this is the perfect solution for you. As long as your computer is powerful enough, you can use it to drive both screens. Remember that your laptop should be high quality and at least 17″ wide for this kind of setup to work correctly.
6) The Clean Desk Before the Storm
If you want to keep your desk immaculate and don’t mind a bit of vertical space for your desktop tower, this is the perfect setup for you. It’s ergonomic and looks great at the same time.
7) The Floating Monitor
This one is for those who like the minimalist look and don’t like desktop towers. It’s simple, ergonomic (to some extent), and looks excellent. This is also a popular choice among gamers since it doesn’t clutter your desk with cables.
8) The Ergonomically Challenged Setup
This is not exactly a good idea since it can cause neck pain after prolonged use. The monitor should be placed as close to you as possible and at the same height to prevent this problem. Use an external keyboard and mouse if you want to implement this setup.
9) The Playful Setup
If your desk is big enough, you can choose to put your monitor’s side by side with a gap between them. This is perfect for the serious gamer who wants to keep track of multiple screens and not lose concentration during an intense round of Counter-Strike.
10) The Studio Setup
This is the setup I use at home most of the time. But, of course, it is customizable in many ways. For example, you can put any speakers you want on the sides of your monitor. Also, if you have a large desk or multiple monitors, you can use one above another for different purposes (gaming and design work comes to mind).
11) The Standing Desk
This is a healthier alternative to the standard sitting desk stand. If you have a large enough surface, you can place your monitor on top of it or get a larger one to have room for additional gadgets.
12) The Minimalist ...or not
This is a good compromise between the minimalist and the fully loaded setups. Of course, you can configure it however you want, but this is the same kind of configuration I use at home. You have plenty of room for your keyboard, mouse, and speakers on one side of the desk. On the other side of the desk, you have a stand for your monitor(s).
13) The Monitor Stand
I am using two monitor stands to hold my two 24 inch monitors. This allows me to put them right next to each other and put both keyboards, mice, and speakers on the same side of the desk. You can also use monitor stands for one large monitor if you have enough space to keep it horizontally.
14) The Wall Mounted Setup
You can mount your monitor(s) to the wall and use shelf brackets to hold other gadgets, like speakers. If you don’t like desk stands and want to save some space on your desk, this is the perfect solution for you.
15) The One Monitor Solution
This setup consists of a large surface (your desk) and a single monitor. It looks simple, but it’s perfect if you want to keep your desk as clean as possible. Of course, you can also use two or more external keyboards and mice with this kind of setup.
16) The Couch Setup
This is the ultimate setup for those who like to play video games on their PC and relax on the couch with a cup of coffee. Unfortunately, it’s not very ergonomic since you have to lean forward to see the monitor (despite having it in front of you). But if you like using console controllers, this is for you.
17) The Traditional
I am not sure whether this setup counts as ergonomic, but it looks great. Of course, the traditional sitting desk is not very healthy in the long run, so you have to change your posture frequently. Using an external keyboard with a stand or an adjustable surface can help you with that.
18) The Standing Desk Drawer
This has to be your favorite setup at the moment. You can use two monitors and place them on top of adjustable desk drawers. This way, you can raise or lower them whenever you want to adjust the height according to your current posture. The whole setup is highly functional and ergonomic.
19) The Cabinet
This setup consists of two cabinets with a monitor attached to one of the cabinets. It looks great and has a lot of room for additional gadgets on top of it or a separate keyboard tray.
20) Folding desktop phone stand
This is the cheapest and most straightforward solution I’ve seen. The folding desktop phone stand allows you to prop your smartphone (even with a more significant case) right next to your monitor(s). You can use it for calls, notifications or even display some widgets like weather forecasts. All in all, this is probably the most versatile out of all setups.
As you can see, there are plenty of configurations to suit your needs. The main thing is to find out what kind of equipment you want to use and make sure it’s ergonomically correct (keyboard, monitor, mouse, etc.). Good luck finding your dream configuration!