- Large: The vast majority of desks you'll find in the store are 60 inches long or less. I needed at least 80 inches to fit all my gear, and the few store bought options I found just didn't cut it. They were either ugly and cheaply made, or too expensive—a large, decent-quality one will run you at least $400.
- Cheap: Making something yourself instead of buying it almost always saves some money—and in this case, it's going to cut hundreds of dollars from the price. Our materials cost about $250 new, but depending on your deal-hunting skills and the parts you already have lying around, you'll hopefully be able to get everything for $150 or less. That's about half the price of most store-bought desks this size.
- Easy: You can fabricate an entire desk out of a single sheet of plywood for under $100, but it would require a lot of tools and know-how. We want our project to be accessible to anyone, including those without lots of woodworking experience—even if that boosts the price a little.
- Ergonomic: Too many people ignore the difference between a "computer desk" and a "writing desk." Over time, those differences can wreak havoc on your body. In this project, I'm going to mix the sleek look of the latter with the ergonomics of the former to get the best of both worlds.