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Remote Worker Builds His Own Lay-Down Desk for $336

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Remote worker Paul Gonsolin recently settled down in Paris after traveling for 12 months and decided to adapt his multi-screen workstation to make it as comfortable as possible.

The trouble, Gonsolin explains in a blog post, is that lay-down stations such as the Altwork desk are priced at "$7000 + $1000 for the delivery." 

What could he do? Deciding that buying one of these desks was too expensive, Gonsolin set out to make his own from scratch.

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DIY with 'no DIY tools'

Remote Product Manager Paul Gonsolin decided to make his own lay-down desk despite having "no DIY tools" and no real reference to guide him as he couldn't find "anyone who has done something similar."

At the start of his blog post, the enterprising remote worker explains that there are several factors he must take into account: his chair had to be light, easy to use, and not take up too much space. Gonsolin also had three monitors, wanted a laying down position, had no DIY tools, and finally, he only had a bike for transporting any parts.

It all sounds a bit like the start of one of those problem-solving questions tech companies ask prospective employees to see if they have what it takes — thankfully Gonsolin was well up to this task.

Remote Worker Builds His Own Lay-Down Desk for $336
Source: Courtesy of Paul Gonsolin

To get started, Gonsolin said he was inspired by hacks he had seen of Ikea items being repurposed for different uses. With this in mind, he decided to adapt his Ikea Poang chair and transform it into a reclined seat, as can be seen in the picture above.

The chair cost 69 euros, and Gonsolin had to buy three cushions to extend it. The most challenging part, Gonsolin explains, was transporting the chair 7km by bike, something he says he does "not recommend."

Remote Worker Builds His Own Lay-Down Desk for $336
Source: Courtesy of Paul Gonsolin

After having adapted the chair, Gonsolin set out to construct a "pretty standard" base using a pole that measures 7cm x 7cm. The real tricky part, though, was building the rotation mechanism, which he based on the Altwork desk design.

For this, Gonsolin "bought a GAZ actuator on Amazon which can support 70kg with a range of 31cm. It is built for cars and is pretty cheap at 19 euros," he explains in his blog post.

Putting it all together

Following on from this, Gonsolin built his desk and screen support out of a chipboard plate of 80cm x 120cm, which he cut to fit around his body.

Remote Worker Builds His Own Lay-Down Desk for $336
Source: Courtesy of Paul Gonsolin

He then screwed the desk to the rotational pole system — the pictures show that his lay-down desk was already in pretty good shape by this stage of the construction.

Remote Worker Builds His Own Lay-Down Desk for $336
Source: Courtesy of Paul Gonsolin

"For holding the monitors I did something pretty basic," Gonsolin explains. "I created a box for each screen." He then crafted dynamic arms that could be adjusted to the screens as they were being attached.

Remote Worker Builds His Own Lay-Down Desk for $336
Source: Courtesy of Paul Gonsolin

Overall, the chair cost Gonsolin €285 ($336) to make and took 26 hours of work. That's pretty impressive when the cheapest model on the market is still likely to set you back a few thousand dollars.

Broken down, Gonsolin says it cost him €45 for tools, €130 for materials such as screws and wood pieces, and 110 euros for the Ikea chair and cushions. Have a look at the final result below.

Remote Worker Builds His Own Lay-Down Desk for $336
Source: Courtesy of Paul Gonsolin

What do you think? Would you give more than a day's work and a couple hundred dollars (or euros) towards having your own lay-down desk, or would you prefer to invest that time into another project? We have to say it's a pretty impressive, and practical, example of DYI crafting.

For a more in-depth breakdown of the construction process, and a video of the chair's moving mechanism in action, be sure to check out Paul Gonsolin's blog post on his creation.

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