Monitor Stand

Volume 14, Issue 21; 12 Jun 2011

Years ago, I built a monitor stand for my external monitor. Now that I have two external monitors, clearly I need a new stand!

My previous Desktop Mod was as much about heat dissipation as external monitors. I've since solved the heat problem (and yes, it is a problem) with an Arctic Breeze fan (as seen on Flickr).

Recently, I've started using two external monitors, so clearly a new monitor stand was in order. It's a nice stack of books and all, but the situation just begs for improvement. What's more, it's fun to build stuff in the actual, physical world sometimes.

I've been thinking about it for a while and I came up with an idea.

The idea was to build a wooden platform big enough to hold both monitors and maybe a few other things. It would be just tall enough to go over the bass unit for my computer sound system. Structural integrity would be assured by putting a back on it (with the added advantage that such a back would prevent things from falling into the abyss behind my desk).

The platform would essentially be an “L” with a notch cut into the inside corner of the “L” wide enough to accommodate my laptop monitor. It looked good on paper, so I decided to bang out a prototype.

All in all, quite effective.

I've been using it for a couple of hours now. Mostly I'm happy.

I think maybe the final unit should be longer in both directions. On the right hand side, I think I'd like room to put the lamp up on the shelf. On the left hand side, I think I'd like the phones to be under the shelf. The back gives it plenty of support; the top is plywood so the theoretical constraint is an enormous 8 feet by 4 feet.

At the same time, I don't think it needs to be quite so deep. I think eight inches deep rather than eleven would be fine. Or maybe I should pull the back in a couple of inches so that the top actually extends to the wall, blocking access to the abyss from the top of the shelf as well.

I'll live with it for a bit before I make any final decisions.


If you raise the back half an inch above the top surface you would stop stuff falling from the shelf behind Norm? Same problem here btw :-( That and support the shelf with quarter round beading, or just add 1/2" square stock at the back)

—Posted by Dave Pawson on 13 Jun 2011 @ 06:43 UTC #

So, you're not using an external keyboard and mouse?

I'll have to think about putting one monitor above the other. What made you choose that setup? Having them next to each other seems much more common, so I'm curious to the benefits you see. (I'm moving in a few weeks, so seeing different desk setups helps my brainstorming :-))

—Posted by Reinout van Rees on 14 Jun 2011 @ 03:09 UTC #

No, I never use an external keyboard or mouse. That way, being at home or on the road or on an airplane are all the same as far as device input goes. Plus I hate taking my hand off the keyboard to reach for a mouse.

I put the second monitor above the laptop for better ergonomics. I'm tall :-) and it's nice not to have to look down all the time.

—Posted by Norman Walsh on 14 Jun 2011 @ 06:05 UTC #