I have a question for the professionals out there. I have a loft are
in my home. My wife does mortgages and we wast to make a L desk along
the walls of the loft. I bought kitchen cabinets from my local home
depot and a laminate countertop she liked. So I get these cabinets all
stained and take them up stairs and I could just shoot myself. They
are like 35" tall....Man I am screwed. She doesnt want a lab style
chair (sits too high) and I dont know what to do next. I thought about
cutting off the 5" base around the cabinets but would that look
stupid??? Someone please help I am useless with any home project.
(Thats why I work in computers)
Mostly Pissed in Michigan :)
I bought cheap filing cabinets and made wifey a desk using beautiful doors I
got from an office remodel. It's low (26" or so), but she's 5'2" and that's
just right for computer. The corner area makes lots of room for her old CRT
monitor. She also has drawer sets from an old desk. I took off the feet
and they are almost the same height as the file cabinets.
Use the kitchen cabinets in your shop!
Ouch. Unless your wife is unusually tall, the desktop will
probably still be uncomfortably high. Your target height for the
work surface should probably be in the 27 - 29" inch range for
writing and keyboarding.
Since you don't seem to be a DIY person, I'd suggest selling the
cabinets (but not the top) and starting over with a visit to a
There are /two/ lessons here; and they relate to your field:
 Don't begin coding until the specifications are complete.
(Figure out what the real requirements are before you commit
 Avoid having the vendor establish the design requirements.
(The good price from HD didn't include the benefit of experience
- or even common sense. In order to "retrofit" these necessities,
the price will work out to somewhat more than you had planned.)
using drawer slides, lowering it to the right height for writing, etc. You
could even cover the pull out in matching laminate. You'd have more work
space, plus be able to conceal the keyboard or desk pad when the pull out
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