This custom furniture piece is a shaker style computer desk. Much shaker furniture containing drawers were made so that the drawers are different from the body in some way – painted in a warm ocher or pumpkin, maybe, or just a different species or coloring of wood. Page 33 of Shaker design by Sprigg, containing pieces at the Whitney Museum of Modern art, showed a beautiful dresser that provided the inspiration for the color of this custom made desk. The desk also had to blend with the warm fir floors and natural, original fir door in the room. A printer caddy on four casters under this desk keeps the printer and supplies in one place.
The flip-down center drawer contains plenty of room to store the keyboard, mouse pad, and even the CPU, freeing space on the top of the desk. See how the placement of the keyboard here eases shoulder strain – his shoulders are dropped in a functional position; he is so relaxed, he could type for hours! Pull out shelves above each small drawer further increase the surface area of the desk. The knobs are turned from walnut; drawer fronts are birch and the rest is alder with a living distressed finish.