How to Create a Cozy Desktop Setup
Whether you are a freelancer, working from home, or setting up a gaming station, creating a cozy desktop setup has many positive benefits. Because we spend so much time in front of a screen, making your desktop a place you genuinely want to be can increase productivity and inspire you to do your best work.
If you’re ready to turn your desktop into a warm and enjoyable space, try one or more of the tips below. There is plenty of room for low-cost and DIY options as well so that anyone can transform their desktop into the ultimate cozy setup.
Pick an Aesthetic
Before you begin changing things around, take some time to imagine what aesthetic you want. It will have an influence on the rest of your choices, so have fun exploring what you find most pleasing.
Some people love the minimalist look where you only put essential items on the desktop like a monitor, mouse, and keyboard. On the other hand, you might want to hang art and illustrations on the wall behind a desk to help keep you inspired.
Choosing a color palette is a great way to start, but you can also approach it from the angle of what type of work you do. If you’re a web developer who also does design work, keeping your desktop free of clutter is important, but so is adding gorgeous color and inspiring objects. Or perhaps you’re a programmer, so the artwork might not be necessary, but adding a few indoor plants really helps to create the kind of calm and focused space needed for long hours working on code.
No matter how good your desktop looks, it will only be cozy if you can sit comfortably at your computer for long periods of time. Investing in ergonomic tech such as a good chair and a standing desk is one of the best things you can do, but it can also be beyond what some people can afford. However, there are plenty of DIY accessories that you can use to remove stress on your body.
For those of you who use a laptop at home, there are a surprising number of DIY laptop stands you can make over a weekend. You can even just use books or other stacked objects to elevate your laptop so that the top edge of the screen is level with your eyes.
Another quick tip is to place a thick cushion, box, or short stool under your feet to ensure your legs sit flat on a surface and your legs are at a 90-degree angle. This encourages circulation in your body and helps to prevent muscle pain and backaches. Once you’ve found the ideal ergonomic sitting/standing position, being at your desk won’t be a chore any longer. If you plan on building an accessory yourself, you have the added benefit of choosing colors that match your aesthetic.
Illuminate Your Space With LEDs
You used to only see dedicated gaming setups with cool RGB LED lights, but that’s changed now. Cute pastel colors and soft hues are also an option—it’s not all cyberpunk red and blues anymore. The best thing about LED lights is that you can set them to whatever color scheme best reflects you.
LED strips in particular are great for installing around the back edge of your desk using the peel-off adhesive that comes with them. It creates a soft back-lit effect that lights up your space from behind and adds a calming glow to your desktop. Of course, you don’t have to stop there: you can try running them along a shelf above your desk, or behind a monitor screen.
Look for the products that come with a remote or app which will allow you to change the color at a whim to suit your mood. If it’s your first time using LEDs, our short guide on how to install an LED light strip in your home is worth bookmarking.
Customize Your Tech to Suit Your Personality
One of the best ways to make your desktop set up your own is to customize your tech. You can really show off your personality and feel like your devices are unique to who you are. If you’re not worried about reselling your devices in the future, then a fun way to get started is by sticking decals on your laptop. And if you would prefer a non-permanent route then find a clip-on case. This option can be applied to MacBooks, phones, iPads, and some gaming systems like a Nintendo Switch.
If you have a mechanical keyboard then learning how to pick custom keyboard keycaps will open up a world of sweet customization options—and if you’re new to this sub-culture then beautiful artisan keycaps might just convince you to get one.
There are also parts of your desktop setup you can change that you wouldn’t immediately think of. In some cases, for example, you might be stuck with an ugly-looking monitor screen that would be wasteful to replace. But one way to get around that is to spray-paint the monitor casing with a fresh new color.
Grow Tranquil Indoor Plants
We all understand that looking at nature can instantly improve our mood, so why not add indoor plants to your desktop setup? Filling your space with a jungle of plants, as in the image above, creates an awesome theme. But even just one green plant can make a room seem more warm and inviting, while also providing a balance to the kinds of tech devices made from materials like plastic and metal.
If you dabble in a bit of programming and DIY electronics, you can also try building one of the many desktop gardening projects for Arduino and Raspberry Pi.
Display Your Tech + Choose the Perfect Desktop Background
There are a few ways to add objects of inspiration to your desktop that inspire you. Hanging shelves above your desk space will give you room to place your favorite books, art, and photographs. They also serve as a place to put your personal tech items on display, such as your custom Nintendo Switch or your homemade Raspberry Pi server.
If you’re working to a theme or color palette then finding a desktop background that ties it all together will create an aesthetically pleasing and cohesive design. And to take it one step further, you can coordinate the colors of everything from your iPad cover to your phone stand. Even if video calls make up the bulk of your week—hosting online meetings or teaching remote classes—a cozy desktop setup will help bring more happiness into your workspace.
If you’re feeling creative, you can learn how to make a phone stand out of clay and try designing something that reflects your personality.
Beautifully Cozy Desktops
Now that you know how to turn your desktop into a perfectly cozy space, you can look forward to calming and productive days and colorfully illuminated nights. While shopping for new tech accessories to complete your desktop makeover can be addictive, it’s definitely not necessary to achieve your ideal desk space. Get creative with a few DIY projects, or better yet, decorate your desktop from top to bottom with LED lights, indoor plants, and your personalized tech devices.
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Garling loves exploring creative uses for technology. With a background in music, she spent many years hacking computers to make weird and wonderful sounds. When not making music, she writes about the best DIY electronic projects.
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May 15, 2022 at 05:06AM