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    Where to purchase study desk

    I need to provide a new study desk in my student flat. Have looked at IKEA but would prefer ready assembled. Viking office supplies looks expensive- around £200 inc VAT! Any suggestions for decent quality at reasonable price- would prefer not to go above £100. Thank you.

    #2
    Try FB marketplace or gumtree.

    If you want to buy new, IKEA table top and legs sold separately, total £18.

    You could spend the other £78 on some metal drawers and a comfy chair.

    But to be honest, students these days rarely study at a desk - they sit on their beds with a laptop. So ask them first if they really want a desk.
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      #3
      A few breezeblocks and some offcut kitchen worktop will do for many.

      Also try second hand / charity shops.

      British Heart Foundation 'Home Stores' are widespread and have everything you'd want to furnish a flat at much cheaper than new.
      Find your local one here:
      https://www.bhf.org.uk/shop/furnitur...ectrical-shops

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        #4
        If the desk has to go upstairs you might find it difficult with a ready assembled option. I supplied my students with ikea kitchen tables some years ago as they needed big desks. Cost £20 each and just had to attach legs

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          #5
          Thanks everyone. In the end I found something decent on gumtree which disassembles ( it’s being delivered by vendor tomorrow so fingers crossed the photo didn’t conceal any issues). The student did require a desk, that was a condition to them taking on the tenancy. I’m paying £40 plus £10 for delivery. It looks like a standard office desk and has the right measurements.

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            #6
            With business closing down, and more people working from home, I suspect that there is soon going to be a glut of second hand office furniture on the market.

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              #7
              As a student myself, I do not agree with the comment that says students rarely use their desks. For me, unless the house is within a 5 minute walk of the University I will use my desk for hours every day. It is a make or break thing in house viewings for me.

              A big, spacious desk is a must. So many student houses have terrible Argos desks more suited for a children's bedroom than an adult's room.

              Over lockdown I did an entire internship from my student house's desk, and it's very likely next academic year your tenants will be doing their first semester (maybe second too) virtually.

              Just remember that the primary reason these people are renting from you is to study hard and earn a qualification. If your homes appear studious and productive, you will attract a different type of student to if it does not

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                #8
                Kitchen worktop cut to fit the space available - a length of batton at the back and two kitchen legs at the front (more if over 1.5m)

                I gave up buying desks years ago - kitchen countertop is the way to go.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by landlord-man View Post
                  Kitchen worktop cut to fit the space available - a length of batton at the back and two kitchen legs at the front (more if over 1.5m)

                  I gave up buying desks years ago - kitchen countertop is the way to go.
                  In today's episode of "How low can Student Landlords go"...

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                    #10
                    Sounds like a decent thing to me rather than 'How low can student landlords go'. Biggest desk possible to perfectly fit the space available. Not much cheaper than buying an actual desk, and highly practical.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by oscarvl View Post

                      In today's episode of "How low can Student Landlords go"...
                      In your condemnation, you neglected to comment on the "(...if over 1.5m)" I mentioned.

                      You say you want space and a big desk - not many shop purchased desks are 1.5m long.

                      If there is a 3m space and the tenancy supports it, I would even install a 3m worktop at desk height (more space for left over pizza and pot noodles lol)

                      Or are you suggesting this worktop is not good enough for students? (not my picture but an example)
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                        #12
                        Originally posted by oscarvl View Post

                        In today's episode of "How low can Student Landlords go"...
                        He could have put 50cm legs on it then it would be really low!

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                          #13
                          OK I take it back, in my head I pictured a nasty melamine worktop with raw exposed chipboard at the sides where it's been cut (that's how my last landlord would have done it, anyway 😆), but that looks very nice.

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                            #14
                            Thanks Oscarvl for your input. It’s actually rare for student landlords ( or me , anyway!) to get any feedback from our tenants so it’s useful to know how crucial a decent desk is in the home.

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