Desk Setup

ApexDesk Elite Series 71 W Standing Desk

ApexDesk Elite Series 71″ W Standing Desk

I used to have a big L-shaped desk with a hutch and several drawers. It was way too much for me. I wanted a desk that was more minimal and that could convert between sitting and standing height. I did a lot of research and this one from ApexDesk was looked like the one for me. It’s long enough for everything to fit comfortably and has a electronic control panel to adjust the height.

ApexDesk Elite Series 36

ApexDesk Elite Series 36″ Cable Tray

When I got my sit/stand desk, I wanted to make sure the cable from my devices were managed properly. I didn’t want them all hanging down and getting caught on something as the desk moved up and down. This cable tray is made specially for this desk and was easy enough to install.

ApexDesk Anti Fatigue Standing Mat 20”x39”

ApexDesk Anti Fatigue Standing Mat 20”x39”

Funny story about this mat. I wasn’t planning on incorporating a standing mat into my setup. The desk took over a month to get delivered and ApexDesk was nice enough to give me this mat for free. After using it for a while, I’m very thankful because it definitely makes a difference. Even in house shoes, standing directly on hardwood flooring is not comfortable.

Belkin 12-Outlet Surge Protector w/ USB

Belkin 12-Outlet Surge Protector w/ USB

I’ve had this surge protector through many desk setups. Belkin is a good brand, so I’m not surprised it’s lasted 10+ years. The surge protection, USB ports, and such are great features, but more importantly for this setup, it fits in the cable tray underneath my desk. That allows me to have just one wire running from the tray to the wall.

Belkin 6-Outlet Surge Protector w USB Wall Mount (2)

Belkin 6-Outlet Surge Protector w/ USB Wall Mount (2)

I’ve had these for a long time and decided to reuse them in my new setup. There isn’t anything super special about them, but I do like the way they give you more outlets and plug directly into the wall without any extra wires. The surge protection and USB ports are great features as well.

Black & Red Acoustic Panels

Black & Red Acoustic Panels

I wanted to cover up the hard surfaces behind my desk to reduce the echo when I stream or record videos. As you can tell, my MJS brand colors are red and black, so these ones were very fitting. They’re are 12″x12″x1″ and work great for my purposes. I tried a few different methods to get them to stick to the wall, but in the end I used spray adhesive, cardboard squares, and command strips.

3M High Strength 90 Contact Spray Adhesive

3M High Strength 90 Contact Spray Adhesive

This spray adhesive is super strong and allowed me to stick the acoustic foam panels to the cardboard squares. I applied a generous amount and went through 2 bottles for 50 panels, so I’d recommend getting more than you think you’ll need.

Cardboard Squares 10”x10”

Cardboard Squares 10”x10”

The foam acoustic panels I have did not want to stick to my wall directly, so I bought these cardboard squares to put in between. I got this idea from a YouTube video and it’s a good enough solution without damaging the wall.

Command Poster Strips

Command Poster Strips

I used these to adhere the cardboard squares to my wall. They have held up for about 6 months, but I’m not sure if this is a long-term solution. Some of the panels look like they are starting to loosen, but none have completely fallen off.