Sunday, September 16, 2012

A built in solution for desk clutter.

A small desk with a lot of opportunities.
Although I actually have a large desk but I decided to disassemble the bulk of it because I was not planning on using it in this room.

Having a small desk is an invitation for limitation and in this case it was hard to put several necessities on my desk without running into the issue of overcrowding it.

However, the resolution to what appeared to be a problem was actually easy to come by because I ended up finding my solution already built into the desk.

A nice opportunity to reuse a tissue box.

The desk has four legs and on the left side as well as on the right side there are reachable rails near the top which connect the legs together.

I had this desk for at least two years and at first when it was fully assemble it was so large that I never thought of the possibility of utilizing the side rails. But limiting the size of my desk helped me actually expand my options.

It took a few tries before I found a tissue box with the right size and nowadays I reuse the same tissue box and I just refill it when needed.

The tissue box had to fit tightly in between the rail and the wood without falling out but it had to be just the right size so it wouldn't be impossible to take it out from the space.

Additionally, I've used the side rails to hold; headphones, a phone charger wire, and a small towel. The rails are magnetic and at one point I had my magnetic mirror on it.

This was an ingenious idea for keeping the clutter off my desk and this side rail solution doesn't interfere with leg room either so everything has worked out comfortably.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Fixing a broken mouse-pad by breaking it even more

I wasn't using a mouse-pad so my desk started to get scratched up.

One day I happened to be cleaning out a closet when I found a mouse-pad but the only problem was that the textured surface was bent so the mouse-pad wouldn't sit flat on the desk. So I broke off the textured surface and was left with the white pad.

As it turns out, the white pad actually works just fine as a mouse-pad. The mouse rolls nice on its smooth surface and although there is a little indent on the right of it, that doesn't affect the rolling of the mouse in any way.
The white color was good enough for me but I flipped the mouse-pad over and because the backside of it did not look as nice I had decided to take a black dry erase marker and color the entire thing to make it look more uniform. However, the mouse-pad won't sit still when it is flipped over because the opposite side is to smooth for the desk. But it is likely that the marker will work on the white pad, the dry erase marker has not rubbed off the backside of the mouse-pad.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Magnetic mirror minus messed-up handle

Now that it's magnetic, it's more convenient than the handheld version. 

I found a handheld mirror in a drawer but the handheld part was messed up so I broke it off and was left with the mirror.

First I wanted to tidy up the edge of the mirror so I hot glued some ribbon onto it. Then I found a thick magnet and hot glued it to the back of the mirror. It makes a nice addition to my magnet board.