Previously, it looked like this photo. Note the window behind the big display — that’s bad lighting. I was working with the sun in my eyes.
There is also a row of glass bricks in the wall which had been behind me. The light bounced off the screen.
I’ve had my desk set up that way for at least four years, but the glare only started bothering me in the past couple of months.
The desk was perpendicular to the wall, which put it in the middle of the room.
That arrangement seemed good in theory, and I could argue why it was an effective use of space. In theory. In reality, the whole arrangement made the room far more cluttered than it needs to me.
And it got even worse when we moved Minnie’s crate into the room, and put it next to my desk. Now there was barely room to walk around.
I spent a good part of Saturday and Sunday clearing clutter out of my office. Julie and I started Monday afternoon with the simple goal of covering the glass bricks with opaque fabric to reduce the glare. Standing under the glass bricks gave me a perspective on the room from a corner of the room I never use. I looked around and said, you know, putting up this fabric is gong to be a big job. It would be about the same amount of work to just move the desk. And that would reduce glare and make better of use of space.
So now my desk is up against the wall, between the two windows you see in the photo I linked to above. It’s more or less in the same place it was, but turned 90 degrees to face the wall. Minnie’s crate is against another wall, perpindicular to the desk.
I have a lot more space in the office. And the sun will hopefully no longer reflect off my big display.
One of the reasons I previously resisted this arrangement was I didn’t like the idea of having my computer display backed against the wall. I didn’t like the idea of staring at a wall all day. But that was silly. I’m barely aware of what’s behind my display; when I’m looking in this direction I’m looking at the display, not what’s beyond it. And I’m more likely to look out the window now — I just have to turn my head in either direction, even a little, and pow! window!
All in all a better arrangement. Thanks, Julie!
Hopefully we’ve achieved the initial goal — reducing glare. I’ll know this afternoon. Afternoon is when the glare becomes a problem this time of year.
By the way, the link above goes directly to an image for this article I wrote in Sept 2011 about using a standing desk. I still use the same setup with one significant difference: Rather than having a second desk for sitting, I got a tall drafting stool. Now when I want variety from standing I just hop up on the stool and continue working in the same place. You can buy adjustable desks for $800 and more that convert from standing to sitting; I think my arrangement is far, far better.