Let me tell you about my uber-leet gaming desk. When I was about ten years old my primary school was having a spring cleaning sale, and aside from picking up a sweet, sweet typewriter I also found an old table. It cost about ten bucks. I’m sure you’ve seen something like it: it was about a metre long, half a metre wide, and a bit taller than 60 centimetres. It had pigeon holes installed underneath so you could stash books and contraband, and was made of damn paperboard.
When I brought it back into service earlier this year my old CRT monitor was so large that my monitor and I sat at opposite ends of the table, with my keyboard and mouse and speakers squished together. Also, the pigeon holes stopped me from pushing my chair all the way in, so I was kind of leaning forward all the time. It was not ideal.
When I replaced my computer I felt that I needed to do my setup justice and my back a favour, so I bought a $10 sheet of 1cm-thick MDF and replaced the table top entirely, widening the table by 10cm so the monitor was farther away from me, making the surface slightly longer and cutting three large holes along a long edge: one for each speaker and a third elliptical hole for the monitor.
I placed the monitor on a book I never read (Treasure Island, abridged) to bring the top edge to eye level and ran the VGA cable and power cable through the elliptical hole. The left and right speakers went through their matching holes, with the keyboard and mouse going down the right speaker hole and the Wolf Claw Devour (highly recommended) going down the left speaker hole. All these wires are coiled and bound near where they emerge from the underside.
Because I regularly use a game pad as opposed to a standard keyboard, and optical mice don’t require mouse pads, I have a great deal of mouse space to move around in, and if I want I can have a tub of ice cream in the middle and not spill on anything. Of course, I could have a joystick/yoke or steering wheel in the middle too.
So there you go; my gaming desk cost me little more than $20, and suits my gaming needs fine. Spring cleaning sales and power tools are your friends, gentle gamers!