If you do not have a home office, or you would like to organize your desk to look more decorative, you can tuck your computer completely away or only hide a portion of it. Many computers typically come in parts: the monitor, keyboard, mouse and tower. The tower is the system unit, which is the brains of the operation, but in some cases, not the beauty.
Hiding the Whole Computer
You can tuck away your whole computer, including system unit, monitor, keyboard, mouse and peripherals, with a roll top desk. Home office expert Lisa Kanarek is a fan of these 19th century style furniture pieces. The roll top is a flexible covering of wooden slats, fixed to a cloth or leather backing that you can roll down like a hood to cover everything on your desktop. Alternatively, you can use a computer hideaway, which is a desk built into a cupboard, with doors. You open the doors when you want to use your computer and close them again when you want to hide your computer away.
Tucking the System Unit Under Your Desk
Shut down and unplug your computer's wires from the system unit. If your desk has a full back panel, drill a hole through it, slightly wider than the widest wire. Thread the ends of all the wires from the back of the desk through the hole. Reposition your system unit under your desk, reconnect all the wires, plug the computer into an outlet and restart your computer.
Tucking the System Unit Behind Your Desk
If space permits, you may be able to tuck your system unit away behind your desk, but make sure you can still get to the on/off switch, drive bays and ports. Also, do not cover the fan panel, as air should flow through it. Place your system unit close enough so that the cables are loose, rather than tight. If they are tight, they will become strained and damaged.
Tucking the System Unit Away in a Cupboard
Unscrew the cupboard door. Saw off a piece of the lower corner of the hinged side to make room for the cables, removing a triangle of wood that is 1 inch wide, 1 inch high and 1.41 inches along the hypotenuse. Drill holes through the door, either randomly or following a pattern of your choice, to ensure a continued air supply to your system unit. Reposition your system unit in the cupboard, then reconnect all the wires. Reattach the cupboard door, plug the computer into the outlet and restart.
- "Home Office Solutions"; Lisa Kanarek; 2004
- JustOfficeFurniture.co.uk: Computer Hideaways
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