Dark workspace with vertically stacked monitors in Brisbane, Australia

Warm, Stress-Free Workspace with Vertically Stacked Monitors in Brisbane, Australia

He stacked two monitors together vertically to make the most of his cosy and inviting IKEA KARLBY desk setup.

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Name: Adam Peters

Location: Brisbane, Australia

Occupation: Customer Service Manager

Room size: 9 m² (97 ft²)

Social media: Instagram

Hello! Tell us a bit about yourself

Yo! How’s it going? My name is Adam.

I’m currently working as a Customer Service Manager at the Australian retailer Myer based in Brisbane, Australia.

I’ve been with the company for over ten years, and my experience ranges across the business, including online fulfilment, sales, and logistics.

My role is store-based, and I’m not currently working from home.

I use my workspace as a creative outlet where I pursue my other passions in photography and videography.

A symmetrical moody desk setup with two monitors stacked together vertically
A large window on the left side provides enough natural light for Adam’s workspace. Download the wallpaper by FORREST CAVALE

I have a background in photography and recently took an interest in videography, which I’m learning and enjoying sharing on my Instagram.

Besides that, my hobbies and interests include audio, interior design, art, fashion, travel, retro tech and gaming.

As a creative person by nature, this is my space to relax, create, and enjoy my downtime.

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Take us through your setup

Item Model
Monitor Gigabyte M27Q
Monitor mount Vivo Dual Monitor Vertical Mount
Monitor light bar Xiaomi Monitor Light Bar
Laptop MacBook Pro 2018
External GPU RTX 3080
Speakers ADAM Audio T5V with SVS PB1000 Pro Subwoofer
Speakers stand Gator Frameworks Desktop Clamp Speaker Stands
Headphones Sennheiser HD 600
Keyboard Leopold FC660M
Mouse Razer Basilisk X Hyperspeed
Chair Secretlab Titan 2022 XL Black x3
Desk shelf Deskka Desk Shelf Gadget Grey
Laptop stand Bonelk Elevate Laptop Stand
Web camera Sony A5100 with Sigma 16mm 1.4 Lens
Desk IKEA KARLBY with Artiss Table Legs
Desk mat Oakywood Grey Felt Mat
Mouse mat deskka Gadget Grey Mouse Mat
Audio interface Audient iD14 MKII
Microphone RØDE NT1
Lighting Elgato Key Light, Philips Hue Play Bar, Philips LED Strip
Studio controller Elgato Stream Deck XL
Smart display Echo Show 5
Other accessories deskka Walnut Planter & Pen Holder, Keychron Q1 Wrist Rest Walnut, In Essence 360 Diffuser

I’ve always wanted a dedicated desk setup or home office, but I haven’t had the space for it over the last few years.

Recently, my partner and I moved into a much larger space, and I finally got my wish.

When I was visualising my ideal workspace, I focused on three main points:

  • a space that felt welcoming, warm, and calming;
  • a space that worked functionally for my workflow; and
  • a space that was aesthetically pleasing.

My main uses for my workspace include photo- and video editing, as well as occasional gaming.

An IKEA KARLBY desk setup featuring two vertically-stacked Gigabyte M27Q monitors, ADAM Audio T5V speakers, Leopold FC660M keyboard, and some indoor plants
Adam stacked two monitors vertically to gain even more space on his large IKEA KARLBY desk 

To get to its current iteration, it’s been a process of over four months that I have thoroughly enjoyed.

I’m the type of person who likes to tinker and try new things because I tend to get bored easily.

I feel cosy in a space surrounded by things I enjoy, and as you can tell, I’m not exactly a minimalist.

A well-organised, soothing home office setup with two monitors, some devices, peripherals, plants, photos and wall art, as well as a pegboard and shelves for more storage
“When I got started, I had a few items on my wishlist, including incorporating the largest desk I could fit in the space”, says Adam

In terms of the space, it’s a fairly standard 3⨉3 m spare bedroom that I have converted into a home office.

My main setup consists of a PC I built for my workspace, where I get most work done. I also use a MacBook when I’m editing on the go or want to work outside.

I essentially started with a blank slate, which made it easier to visualise how I wanted the space laid out using inspiration from Pinterest and Instagram.

The orientation of the desk was determined by the power outlet and a large window on the left-hand side that provides great natural light.

For my desk, I used the popular IKEA KARLBY tabletop.

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It’s hard to beat in terms of size and price, and I paired the tabletop with a pair of Artiss table legs.

With the desk as my base, I started to slowly build up the desk setup, adding in stages.

The advantage of building your desk setup in iterations is that you understand what you need functionally and how it flows visually.

A vertically aligned multi-screen home workspace with natural light
According to Adam, adding plants not only brings the feeling of the outdoors inside but also adds a pop of colour to the workspace

My goal was to create a space that not only works for me but feels relaxing and warm.

The idea of vertically stacked monitors was always the plan, flanked by two speakers while keeping the overall balance symmetrical.

Traditionally, when using multiple monitor setups, I would have used the horizontal layout, but here I wanted to try the vertical layout to maximise my desk space.

A calming and moody dual-screen home office setup with houseplants
As a creative person, Adam uses his workspace as a personal sanctuary to recharge, unwind, and indulge in his passions for photography and videography

When I drew up the layout, I knew I wanted art on either side of the monitors to frame them.

More recently, I added wall shelves above the monitors to bring in more plants and create some extra storage space.

On the left side of the desk, I installed a pegboard to display and store items I use daily and to give myself the opportunity to add a styling touch.

Two wall art posters and a pegboard in a home office in Australia
Adam recommends utilising vertical spaces to showcase your favourite artwork or create additional storage by hanging a pegboard

As for where my workspace currently stands, I do have a few ideas for improvement and some other items on my wishlist that I would like to add at some point, such as a new boom mic arm and mic.

It’s still a work in progress.

It’s evolving and changing as my tasks and mood change.

What’s your favourite item on your desk?

Currently, it’s my diffuser.

Having a pleasant-smelling workspace helps you relax, improves focus, and can boost your mood.

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Besides the gaming PC, which is at the heart of my setup, I adore my LEGO Aston Martin DB5 from James Bond, as it is the first Lego I ever owned.

In fact, I have a few LEGO models sprinkled throughout my space. I find the process of building LEGO relaxing and therapeutic.

You may have noticed a theme that I use my workspace as an escape from the stresses of my day job.

What apps or tools do you use to get things done?

My workflow mainly consists of using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop for my photography projects.

Recently, I’ve been expanding my skills and learning new tools, such as DaVinci Resolve on my PC and Capcut on my mobile device, for my videography projects.

Spotify is constantly open, usually playing some form of lo-fi.

For daily inspiration, I frequently visit Pinterest and occasionally browse Reddit for ideas.

What books, blogs or podcasts recently caught your attention?

More recently, as I’ve moved into a leadership role at work, I have been reading books such as Great TED Talks: Leadership by Harriet Minter and Start with Why by Simon Sinek.

I also enjoy coffee table books, particularly those in the interior design or fashion world.

They tend to get my creative juices flowing and inspire me in my work.

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As for podcasts, I’ve been primarily listening to retro gaming podcasts such as The Retro Hour. They cover consoles and computers from years past, which scratches that nostalgia itch for me.

They also speak to ex-executives and CEOs about how they ran their businesses, which I’ve found insightful as well.

Any tips for other makers who want to improve their workspaces?

My advice would be first to understand the space you have to work with and then take your time creating a workspace where you feel productive, motivated, and relaxed.

Utilise vertical spaces such as walls to create extra storage or display art that you love.

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Do not ignore cable management. I believe spending some time in that area can take anyone’s workspace to the next level.

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What does your typical day look like?

A typical day for me starts at 6:30 am when I wake up to get ready for work. After having breakfast, I arrive at work by 8 am.

A typical workday finishes around 6 pm.

After work, I spend about an hour at the gym before getting home around 7:30 pm or 8 pm.

Once I’m home, I have dinner and catch up on my socials.

A cosy and moody dual-monitor home office with lots of greenery and nature-inspired wall art
Adam focused on three key elements in creating his workspace: ensuring a warm and calming atmosphere, a functional layout, and an aesthetically pleasing design

I’ll spend an hour or so writing down ideas for my next Instagram post or editing photos and videos.

My wife and I will also spend some time together, and I’m usually in bed by 11 pm.

On my days off, I catch up on errands and housework and work on creating content.

I aim to create enough content to last for a week in just one day.

When my wife also has the day off, we try to get away to rest, recharge and spend time together.

When I have some free time, I like to do some gaming.

Most recently, I finished playing Hi-Fi Rush, a fantastic rhythm-based game on the Xbox.

Your tips for working from home?

When creating content from home, I write down the ideas I want to photograph and film that day.

Then, I work through my to-do list to create as much content as I can.

Throughout the day, I take breaks to watch a TV show or movie or listen to some music or a podcast.

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On days when I feel particularly unmotivated or stressed, I make an effort to go outside and get some sun and fresh air for my mental health.

Remember to always leave time in your day to spend on yourself.

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