I’m so excited to show you the new workstation in my little house! We haven’t had a desktop computer in many years. I can’t remember how long, actually. Ten years? Maybe longer? Part of the reason is that our house really is small, and a desktop machine takes up a lot of dedicated space. Sometimes I work at a makeshift desk in my upstairs office (aka the grandgirls’ bedroom!), where I can look out the window, work on my large whiteboard, or use the printer. But more and more, I’ve found myself with the laptop at my recliner.
When we began discussing a larger monitor to lessen eyestrain (largely triggered by Best disease) the thought of setting it up upstairs didn’t appeal to me. The laptop still does me fine for actual writing, although the left shift key broke a couple of weeks ago! But it’s nonexpandable memory made it difficult to work with multiple programs or tabs at one time. Sometimes I have a lot going on… and when I do, I’m usually in the recliner.
Welcome to our solution! We ordered a wall-mounted 27″ iMac computer and an articulating arm.
Jim marked out the best stud for the mount and attached it with lag bolts. Then he screwed the Vesa mount to the back of the iMac and set it in place. He had to adjust the amount of resistance in the arm so that it is easy to move, but will still hold steady where parked.
Finally the time came to remove the protective wrap from the monitor and give it a test drive. The guys at our local Apple dealer had set up the new computer from the laptop, so it was business as usual in five minutes!
It swings completely out of the way beside the window when I’m not using it, which is nice. The photos above were taken before we picked up an extension cord. Now there is no white cord hanging down, as it’s hidden in the mount itself, and the remainder of the cord runs behind the bookcase.
Also, I can easily shift it up and set the keyboard on a riser on the bookcase, and use it as a standing desk. It’s great to have options.
I feel very spoiled! Thank you to my readers for making this purchase possible. With Berry on Top off to my editor, I’m expecting the next few dozen novels to be written right here!
The arm is a Flexmount 7500 by Innovative Office Supplies, which can be wall- or desk-mounted.