A little less than a year ago, Tammy’s workplace started setting up almost all of their staff so they could work from home
We didn’t have a home office workspace for her at the time so we ran out and bought a small, cheap desk and put it in the master bedroom.
She brought home a small form factor HP CPU, two monitors, mouse, keyboard, and headset. As you can see the desk is a bit small for all of that plus a notepad, drinks and snacks. Additionally, @ 31″ in height, the top of the desk was a bit too high for Tammy to comfortably use a mouse and keyboard. Essentially her feet didn’t touch the ground if she adjusted her chair to a comfortable height for the keyboard and mouse.
Tammy finally found a keyboard/mouse tray attachment she liked, It’s adjustable so she can stand or sit and it frees up a tone of space on the desktop for more snacks and tchotchkes.
This thing is massive and weighs over 20lbs. It’s actually designed to mount directly under the desktop.
However that couldn’t be done with Tammy’s desk, it had to be mounted almost 4″ lower than the desktop. Fortunately with its range of motion it is still high enough for Tammy to stand while using it.
The desk is only 20″ in depth but the mount for the tray is 24″ and the wood screws they included for mounting it would have blown through the bottom shelf of the desk so I added a 1/4″ thick layer of MDF and a 3/4″ oak extension to the back of the desk so the full length of the mounting bracket was covered.
Even with the 4″ extension the arm would slide another three inches past it to fully retract the keyboard tray so I had to add a stop to it to keep it from banging into the wall.
It took about an hour to get it mounted and put back together this morning but she likes it so far. We’ll see on Monday when she has to work at it all day on Monday.