Down the rabbit hole: A glimpse into r/Battlestations

July 25, 2016  |  A'Quila

Ever feel like your work space was missing something, but you weren’t sure what? Or that your entire desk setup could use a complete overhaul? Or maybe you just occasionally have a bout of voyeurism and need to spend an hour (or three) looking at pictures of other people's things. Whatever your motivation, Reddit’s community of play/work station enthusiasts at r/Battlestations has you covered. This 200k member subreddit is centered around sharing pictures and talking shop about all the furniture hacks, speciality products, and general design efforts that went into creating their personal computing space.  

While I heartily recommend diving straight in to the subreddit or one of its many offshoots listed in the sidebar, I thought I would take a moment to highlight some of the gems I’ve come across. As you might imagine, my interests tend toward adjustable height, standing, or other ergo friendly setups, but I’ve tried to grab a selection that will show the full gamut of stations.

Let’s just get the crazy jealousy inducing ones out of the way right now, starting with that amazing triple monitor setup from u/Evexium (“u/example” is the standard nomenclature for referencing a redditor by their username) in the title photo. With that much desktop losing your cursor becomes a serious hazard.  

Here is another angle showing the cable management system of u/Evexium’s setup. That’s one of the really cool things about this community, people will often show the backstage magic necessary to get that super clean look so others can employ it in their own builds.

Next up: a lovely urban adjustable height desk from Johnny - founder of SimpliFi:

I honestly don’t know if I would get anything done if this was my desk. I might just spend the whole day staring out at the city. Nice desktop wallpaper too, very on theme.

The lounging station doesn’t look half bad either.

Cityscapes not your thing?  How about a jungle retreat from u/silenc3x:

I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a more lush work space.  And that’s just the desk….

I feel like I could disappear into this room and not come out for a very long time.  As u/silenc3x said in the post “Nature & tech can coexist peacefully.”  Well said.  

This one looks nice, custom built desk, some great lighting, clean look, nothing too crazy…

But then we pan right…

Damn. With a room like that it’s easy to understand their username: d0nt_care_anymore. Incidentally this post was also where I learned that r/barbattlestations exists, but that’s a story for another day. It’s past noon right?

Often one of the most amazing aspects of a station is the lighting: it boggles the mind what people can do with a few led strips.  I must admit, after viewing enough of these posts I too heard the siren call of back-lit monitors and installed some on my home setup.  No regrets: I feel immediate eye relief when I turn them on.  If you’re on the fence, go for it; good ambient lighting makes a huge difference.  Many of these redditors, however, have taken it to the next level:



Adam from Austin




And of course I would be remiss to not share a few Jarvis setups that have been incorporated battlestations.  This one from Adam is a combination of a Jarvis frame and some Ikea components.

The dual task lamps that match the silver shelf is a nice touch.

When responding to a redditor expecting a more Ironman sort of Jarvis, Adam responded, “Sorry to disappoint, I wish I had an A.I. personal assistant for my battlestation, but it's just the name of the desk frame. I guess it does have one command it listens to though, the desk goes up and down when I press the button.”  Yeah it does!

From another angle and with the desk in the seated position. I love how natural it looks in both positions.

Chris, an avid gamer and music lover from Texas, sent us some nice shots of his Jarvis (also with a bit of Ikea modification) and had this to say:

I wanted a standing desk at home because I work in IT (Sysadmin) and needed to offset the huge amount of time spent sitting everyday. The standing desk works better than I ever imagined... I actually play better while standing; I never would have thought that would be the case. I'd say that about 80% of my time at the desk is in the standing position.[...] As a bonus, it's a great sight to behold upon entering the room and I'm excited to show family and friends.

Chris’s sweet powdercoat contour top with Ikea shelf mounts holding the speakers

Another angle emphasizing the great lighting of the keyboard and headphones.

So what inspires you when you’re putting together a new work or place space? Got any big plans for your current station or your next one? Anything you’ve just put together that you would like to share? We’d love to see more adjustable height desks in their natural environment and share the undoubtedly awesome personal spaces that their owners have created. And if you have a free moment and don’t fear getting sucked down an internet rabbit hole (you can lose hours there…), head over r/Battlestations and see what others have been doing!

Build on,
Brian H.