Red Rocket Media Group workspace. (Image Source: foundphotography)
Following previous post showcasing astounding workstation setups, today we bring in 60 more up-to-date and neat examples on how professionals setup their cyber workstation. From them you can draw inspiration on how to dress your workstation in a clean and elegant way, ultimately the key is about comfort, relaxation and focus.
One of the most famous computer mods of all time, the L3P D3SK takes the guts of a high-end computer and transplants them into a liquid-cooled desk that looks like something out of a science-fiction movie.
As developed by electrician Peter Brands, the setup is driven by an Intel Core i7 processor with a pair of Nvidia GTX 980 cards, and more hardware than you can shake a stick at. The liquid-cooled system is displayed in its full glory in a wall-mounted desk under a translucent top, letting you admire the guts of the system while you’re waiting for a YouTube video to buffer.
If you want one of your own, Red Harbinger’s Cross Desk is a commercial version based on Brands’s design.
We spend most of the day in front of our computers. This is where all the works get done, e-mails get taken care of, and social relationship be made. The truth is that computer has become a staple for nearly every aspect of modern lifestyle, and now people are even adopting multiple devices for higher work proficiencies.
One class of PC gamers that revels in hardware is flight simulator wonks. Sure, you can replicate the experience of piloting a jet with a keyboard, but it’s a lot more fun with a flight stick and all the accoutrements.
A Reddit poster with the handle “recoilfx” shared his incredibly stylish battlestation that lets him game to his heart’s content and then folds up perfectly into a small table. Dubbed the Flying Coffin, the setup includes a built-in force feedback seat, steering wheel, flight stick, and rudder pedals.
When it’s stowed away, you’d never know it was there.
Illustration Bright Working Environment. (Image Source: mimsybee)
“Ordered chaos” would be the best way to describe this home office, owned by designer, Ben Mautner. It’s cluttered, but brilliant. A graphic designer must surround him/herself with inspiration.
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This setup is super-symmetrical- everything from the Westinghouse 22″ monitors to the Logitech speakers and Ikea lamps are balanced on either side.
Let’s continue with our multi-monitor theme for a little bit with the rig built by Zhek Kromtor for playing EVE Online. The super-complex space game involves keeping track of a huge amount of action at one time, but this setup is over the top.
Fifteen monitors laid out in three rows give Kromtor what’s called a “multiboxing” setup—he uses several of his six PCs to operate multiple accounts in the game, employing programs like Synergy to synchronize mouse and PC movements across multiple computers.
It’s a lot of effort to gather virtual resources in an imaginary world, but EVE players are well-known for their dedication.
Enjoy and learn from them and of course, feel free to share your ideas or photos of your workstation to us, we don’t mind to see more creative working spaces!
An iMac, an iBook and a MacBook- what a breathtaking trio of electronic delights. I love the juxtaposition of “Apple White” against the natural, wooden walls.
The golden age of home office setups has been in part due to advances in display technology. Just a few decades ago, computer monitors were hefty CRT models that would collapse any wall you mounted them to.
With the rise of affordable flat-screen LCDs, workstation designers can now explore panoramas of visual data that boggle the mind. This six-monitor setup with red backlights by Reddit user heartbraden features a large screen for media, a trio at the bottom for graphic design and gaming, and two more for monitoring security cameras, weather feeds, and other stuff.
With 15TB of hard drive space, this puppy’s one serious contender.
If this inspires you to up your home office game, or you’ve already got something better going on with your own battlestation, post a pic in the comments and we’ll evaluate your computer mastery and design aesthetic.
Chris Spooner’s Personal Design Setup. (Image Source: spoongraphics)
There’s a point where your computer setup goes beyond “home office” and into “the CTU set from 24,” and Stefan Didiak passed that point a long time ago. Didiak is a software developer who works on incredibly complicated projects that often require a hideous amount of computing power.
To give himself the hardware he needed, he constructed a home office that is absolutely flabbergasting. The main work area boasts five monitors (two turned vertically), while the adjacent server area has another five.
Didiak has an aversion to overlapping windows when he’s working, so he felt the need to create a display setup that could accommodate a lot of information. The PCs running all this are insanely beefy as well, and Didiak notes that if he powers everything in the office on at once it will actually dim lights throughout the neighborhood for a second as the load balances.
Widescreen Home Office in Michigan. (Image Source: paladin27)
Who says black and white is boring? This setup is anything but. Forget about technology, the best feature here is the ultra modern, hanging staircase.
Those who work from home, like me, spend the lion’s share of their working week sitting in their home office. Why oh why, therefore, are so many home offices dull, lifeless places that you wouldn’t want to spend 10 minutes, let alone 10 hours a day! We can all learn a thing or two about interior design from the 30 incredibly cool setups below, each one unique, reflecting the aesthetic and professional sensibilities of its owner.
James is a tech writer, analyst and designer who works at an online specialist in office supplies and office furniture based in the UK.
Although sickeningly impressive, most of these setups are achievable with just a little bit of effort, equipment and space. Best of all, since most of these home office setups are meant to generate income, a lot of the cost can be written off at tax time as business expenses so be sure to adjust your withholding calculator accordingly. Rather than focus solely on multi-screen madness, which really does cost a fortune, I’ve attempted to pick as wide a variety of setups as possible. So transform your envy into inspiration and see what changes you can make to your own working environment.
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If you’re a software developer, testing across multiple platforms is the bane of your existence. Flickr user coyote.land has constructed a home office rig that takes away a good deal of that aggravation.
Boasting five Macs, three PCs, and a lonely Linux box, this home office uses a single keyboard and mouse across all the platforms via an open-source hardware-sharing program called Synergy. Most impressively, screen switching from computer to computer is utterly seamless.
The guy who owns it does native web app development, meaning that it’s actually necessary to have access to all that hardware in one place.
Like others in this list, the best thing about this setup is the desk, which was made from old scaffolding planks. It looks far more expensive.
Who wouldn’t love to have a home office like this? The superb views of the forest seen through the large skylights are mirrored in the huge tree trunk “propping up” one side of the room.
If you love your computer that much, you want to give it an environment in which it can truly shine. Enter the era of the “battlestation,” a high-end rig that’s given a position of prominence in the home. The 11 techheads in this article have elevated their home offices to temples of technology, and the extent they go to establish PC superiority is truly amazing.
Dualscreen Workspace Setup 2007. (Image Source: garrettmurray)
Subtle lighting casts gorgeous shadows onto the walls of this otherwise humble setup.
Not to everyone’s taste I’m sure, but I love this retro, electronic den. The fantastic neon lights really bring the room to life.
Stock trading requires the monitoring of an absurd amount of data, as minute fluctations in the markets can ripple out and have wide-ranging effects. For day trader Steve Price, the best way to keep track of all that information was through a home office rig he built in 2010 with a flabbergasting 40 discrete monitors.
Six PCs drove the whole setup, which Price used for researching trades and developing software. Price’s original plan for his home office included 60 monitors, but after building out the space he had to cut back.
Reddit’s r/battlestations is one of the best places on the web to find inspiration for amazing home office rigs, and one of the most popular posts of all time there shows a PC that thinks outside the box—literally.
Wall mounting your components instead of stuffing them in a casing makes cooling much simpler, and if you’ve got a sense of style you can do some cool stuff with it. The wall-mounted rig, dubbed “MAXxPlanck2” by Reddit user GoodAtIt, features a water-cooled Intel Core i7 950 processor, a pair of 1TB hard drives, and a trio of monitors.
It could probably pass as modern art in a very gullible gallery.
You’d expect to find this desk installed on the Starship Enterprise, not in somebody’s home office, but it’s lightweight, easy to clean and looks amazing, as does the wall-mounted Apple monitor.
The Boston office of Mitch Haile is a great introduction to the world of seriously overpowered home offices. Haile, a software developer, built this workspace in 2011 around a U-shaped desk in the attic of his house, which helped him grind through 60-80 hours a week writing code.
One side of the desk boasted a quintet of monitors that allow him unprecedented screen space, hooked up to a 12-core Mac Pro with a grotesque 50TB of storage space. This guy’s into some serious projects.
Unfortunately for fans of epic displays, Haile has cut back on the real estate of his setup and is now rocking a mere three monitors.
This setup has a bad case of Leopard fever- even the iPods have caught it, not to mention the TV! It’s a dangerous condition, but it does make your setup look absolutely stunning. The shiny desk, bought from Francfranc in Hong Kong, is particularly attractive.
Similar to stock trading online, internet marketing is a competitive field and this setup in Toronto, Canada, helps give Rank Study founder Darryl Peddle the edge. Analyzing and comparing websites all day can be a tedious and time-consuming task requiring marketers to open and close several windows at a time in order to get the data they need.
Darryl built this seven-monitor rig with more than 100GB of ram to help him quickly crawl and assess multiple sites in any market to quickly identity gaps and areas of opportunity.
To be perfectly honest, I don’t like this setup at all. The camo wallpaper and Caution tape make it fit for a 12 year old kid, but the framed photos suggest it belongs to a man much older. This article’s not all about me though, and I know for a fact that there are plenty of folks out there that would love to have this in their home.
At first this setup looks rather plain, but then you notice- where are all the cables? A quick glance under the desk reveals a spaghetti junction of wires and even a Mac mini pegged underneath.
If you love your computer that much, you want to give it an environment in which it can truly shine.
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Simple and stylish, this setup, which has an obvious feminine touch, looks really, really cool. Everything, from the framed illustrations to the T-shaped chair and West Elm desk, screams individuality.
Is this setup really special or is just an illusion caused by the dazzling bright-pink lights dancing on the walls? I’m not sure, but it looks most inspiring.
Sometimes it’s not what’s inside a setup a counts, but what lurks just beyond, preferably visible through a nearby window. There’s no view more inspiring than that of a city skyline.
Home office setups, complete with electronics and metallic and glass furniture, can often seem very cold. This one is different. Not only do the flaming screensavers give off warmth, so do the yellow walls and multicoloured up-lights. The wall-mounted Dell 2005FPW 20″ LCD runs off a hidden Mac mini.
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This setup belongs to a man who likes to colour coordinate his computer wallpaper with his surroundings. It’s not all style over substance however, he’s got twin Cinema 30″ displays, a MacBook Pro 15″, a Wacom Cintiq 12WX and a LaCie Porsche HD.
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Despite the number of screens, this setup remains unimposing and almost cosy. The big, irregularly shaped one at the top is a Samsung LCD TV 1080P.
From one well-lit setup to another, this home office is wonderfully illuminated.
When home computers first started to hit the market in the 1980s, people really didn’t know where to put them. The chunky boxes usually ended up in rec rooms or spare bedrooms, tucked in a corner out of the way.
Do you find this setup sexy? I don’t, but I have to agree it is very red. Black and red spells danger to some, but this Matrix fan seems to like the hazardous colour combination.
It’s not often that speakers make up the focal point of a home office setup, but the Ferguson Hill 007 speakers are no ordinary amplifiers. Made from transparent acrylic for an unobtrusive, yet modern look, they add instant style to any setting.
Interior Home Office Early 2006. (Image Source: garrettmurray)
Home Office Workspace 2009. (Image Source: Quentin Rademaker)
Positioning six monitors side-by-side (three landscape, three portrait) looks cool enough, but getting a panoramic, photographic wallpaper which spans all six is even more impressive.
I’m jealous of this setup- not so much of the equipment (MacBook Pro 15″, Apple Bluetooth keyboard, WD MyBook 500GB), but of the setting. The desk is positioned in front of a large window, looking out onto what looks like a rather impressive building on the other side of the street.
Not all of these amazing computer rigs are being used for work. Gamers are legendary for wanting to push the envelope with their battlestations, and forum user “Flarex” posted this incredible shot of his subterranean gamer cave.
With atmospheric blue-and-red lighting on the walls, a six-monitor setup for the main station and a dual rig on the side, along with a huge HDTV, this is a setup that you could retreat to in case of an apocalypse and never come out again.
It’s inarguable that the industrial design coming out of Cupertino has changed the way we think about computer hardware, so when entrepreneur David Wu decided it was time to rebuild his home office, he went Apple all the way.
But this isn’t your typical Mac geek layout. Wu installed a black pillar in the corner with a glowing Apple logo and HD LCD screen built in and streaming Apple TV, which he uses for music while he works.
A replica of the maple Fetzer desks from the Apple Store holds his workstation. Shelves along one wall hold the original boxes of most of the Apple products he’s bought through the years. It’s minimalist compared to others on this list, but Wu’s attention to detail is insane.
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A real boys’ space, the IKEA Vika Lauri desk makes this setup. It’s not so much the desk itself, but the fact that the owner has hacked it by installing multicoloured Dioder lighting strips below. Now he can change its colour according to his mood.
How could anyone not be jealous of this setup, with its gorgeous Stokke Duo chair and smorgasbord of Mac hardware, not to mention such a spacious room.
Things have changed a lot in a few decades. It’s almost impossible to think of a house that doesn’t have a dedicated computer room or home office, and the PC center stage within it. And we’re not talking just a computer and a monitor anymore—home rigs can boast hardware configurations that would put NASA to shame.
Remember those AOL CD-ROMs that kept filling up your mailbox in the ’90s? The free-trial discs, which reportedly cost America Online more than $300 million to hand out, were often repurposed as craft material for making shiny mosaics and children’s art.
Or, for enterprising home stylists like Redditor 88squirlz, as wall and ceiling decor. “More than 50 percent” of the mirrored design is made of AOL trial discs; the rest are “old shareware CDs, printer drivers, old operating systems, [and] my Windows 2000 MCSE school CDs.
” As the CRT monitor and Red Bull cans might suggest, this photo was taken in 2004. But you have to admit: The retro battlestation made you miss your Tamagotchi and car phone.
If you haven’t got space in your house for a dedicated office, why not build a “room within a room”, as the ever creative Davidson Rafailidis has done. You’ll save money too, as there’s no need to heat the rest of the house.
This home office is really cute, but very user-friendly too. The hourglass shaped Herman Miller Red Line desk (sadly discontinued) lets you sit close to your screen without compromising desk space.
This setup is minimalism at its best and I absolutely love it. The JBL Creature II speakers are a wonderful piece of design.
From a monotone setup to one bathed in colour. Not only is the office illuminated, so is the en suite toilet. Not contained to the rooms themselves, the light spills out onto the balcony and beyond. The neighbours probably hate it, but who cares!
There’s plenty of good kit on show in this setup, including a Dell XPS M170, two Acer 19″ widescreens, and a Samsung 22″ DVI Widescreen, but somehow Grafix Guru manages to maintain a thoroughly homely feel.