DIY Home Office and Desk Tour - A Designer’s Workspace

  • Published on Jan 7, 2019
  • We all need a space where we can feel productive, focused, and creatively inspired. In this video I'll take you through my DIY process of updating my workspace, how I set up my MacBook Pro & PC, and give you a tour of my home office.
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    📖 Read my 5 tips to optimize your own workspace:

    You find out more about me at:

    🖥 🎥 🔨
    🎯 THE GOAL
    I'm a designer and content creator, so I wanted to optimize the space for my creative needs. My overall goal was to have a home office that is clean and minimal in design. I wanted to make it as comfortable as possible, so I can focus for long periods of time.
    🎨 THE WALL
    The wall color is “Satin Black” by Behr

    🗄 THE DESK
    Ikea Hammarp Oak kitchen countertop from Ikea.
    Ikea Alex drawers (Base)
    Table finish: Watco Danish Oil
    Learn more about wood finishes here:

    15" MacBook Pro
    Custom built GPU PC
    Logitech Craft Keyboard
    Logitech Master MX2S mouse
    Dell Ultra wide 34” Display Monitor

    Lino chair by Herman Miller
    Ikea foot rest
    Grovemade monitor stand
    Skadis modular peg board system
    I used some cable ties and 3M adhesive hooks to route and manage all of my cables.
    Featured in this video are prints from:
    Durham Brand
    Gian Galang
    Phantom City Creative
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    Hello. I'm Matthew Encina. I'm the Chief Content Officer at The Futur and a Creative Director at Blind. I’m a Filipino-American. Born and raised in LA. I studied Graphic Design at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. I've been a creative professional for over 15 years directing, designing, and animating for some pretty awesome clients.
    I love to rock climb, break dance, train in combat sports, play video games, drink coffee, and nerd out on video games and comic books.
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  • Matthew Encina
    Matthew Encina  8 months ago +525

    Because I got asked a lot of questions, I decided to write an article on the 5 things I did to transform my workspace into a place of focus, comfort, and productivity. Read it here:

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  • Kedy John
    Kedy John 11 hours ago

    This is everything I needed...

  • sh00tme
    sh00tme 18 hours ago

    0:55 does this object provide me joy?
    - Marie Kondo’s twin sister

  • Joseph Ortega
    Joseph Ortega 19 hours ago

    What headphones do you use?

  • jerick umali
    jerick umali 20 hours ago

    The first thing i would do if i had a set up is..

    Choose the right table with sufficient leg room and cable management

  • 장성완
    장성완 2 days ago +1

    Wow someday, if i can i want reform? My room like you ^^

  • Quenton Daniels
    Quenton Daniels 2 days ago +1

    Matthew, brilliant setup and made me look over my own setup. Thanks buddy for all the ideas. 👊 🇦🇺

  • Faris Ammari
    Faris Ammari 2 days ago +1

    Great inspiring video.
    What is the brand of that wooden monitor stand?

  • DutchFreezeR
    DutchFreezeR 2 days ago +1

    I was looking for a darker desk but they are all so expensive. This is an amazing solution!

  • dylopillow
    dylopillow 3 days ago +1

    Hey Matthew! Great video by the way. Just wondering, how did you make it so that your table top didn’t sag in the middle?

    • Matthew Encina
      Matthew Encina  2 days ago

      dylopillow it’s oak. A very hard wood. Doesnt have enough weight on it to sag

  • Alex Samardzic
    Alex Samardzic 3 days ago +1

    This is an amazing set up, and so well produced!! New subscriber:)

  • D Southall
    D Southall 3 days ago +1

    inspired! thank you for sharing.

  • Dan Feliciano
    Dan Feliciano 3 days ago +1


  • JV Milanes
    JV Milanes 3 days ago +1

    I love this kind of videos. I hope to see more in the near future Kabayan!

  • su Gazzali
    su Gazzali 4 days ago +1

    Hey dude, you have made it looking awesome man. Where did u get the shelve from?

    • Matthew Encina
      Matthew Encina  2 days ago

      su Gazzali I bought it third party a decade ago. Don’t know the name

  • The Thread
    The Thread 4 days ago +1


  • joe nick
    joe nick 4 days ago

    Nice man. Is the worktop screwed/glued to the underneath drawers/cupboards?

  • dyasious
    dyasious 4 days ago +2

    thank you Matthew, really nice room, so inspiring. and you've got the cutest dog ever.

  • mahesh bhosale
    mahesh bhosale 4 days ago +2

    very nice ...

  • Essence Sweat
    Essence Sweat 4 days ago +1

    Very good

  • Damian Feliciano
    Damian Feliciano 5 days ago +1

    A day in my life, is a necessary video now!

  • Justice 2017
    Justice 2017 5 days ago

    Could of just flipped the wood 😂

    • Justice 2017
      Justice 2017 5 days ago

      Matthew Encina I know good video yours was the first one that popped up for me, I’m getting ready for online college for a cyber security associate degree 🔥. Trying to make my own work space and this was a great layout

    • Matthew Encina
      Matthew Encina  5 days ago +1

      Justice 2017 but I’d still have to finish both sides...

  • Tinthia Clemant
    Tinthia Clemant 5 days ago

    Wow, how are you working paperless?

    • Matthew Encina
      Matthew Encina  5 days ago

      Shred, file, or recycle. I still hold onto the very important stuff.

  • Việt Đỗ Tú
    Việt Đỗ Tú 5 days ago +1

    that's a tasteful touch up man!

  • Ayish Dinie al-Haqq Akhyar

    Thanks bro for ideas.. Love it..

  • Matthew Cheung
    Matthew Cheung 6 days ago +1

    Your office is straight ballin'!!

  • Nikolas Manuelides
    Nikolas Manuelides 6 days ago +1

    so damn tasteful

  • Dan Dan
    Dan Dan 6 days ago

    Lovely video! Quick question where’d you get those cool shelves in the back of your office? They’re not featured in your list but they look amazing. Wood boxes that look like they lock together? Near the end of your video... at 6:56 we see them for a second, I think you’re storing albums in there? Thanks in advance! cheers. -Danny

    • Matthew Encina
      Matthew Encina  6 days ago +1

      Dan Dan thanks! bought them years ago third party. Don’t know the brand anymore sorry 😐

  • Elizabeth Ko
    Elizabeth Ko 7 days ago +2

    Love the accessories setup! so neat and accessible

  • Amrita
    Amrita 7 days ago +1

    This video was so useful! I am a photographer and am trying to setup my studio/ office space. This video gave me so many ideas. Thank you!

  • Arif emon
    Arif emon 7 days ago

    make another one

  • Saruf Ratul
    Saruf Ratul 7 days ago

    I like your setup but I am from Bangladesh 🇧🇩
    I need to this component for minimum desk setup
    I am a professional programer so I need best and comfortable setup my home work space can you help me ?

  • Ismael Hussein
    Ismael Hussein 8 days ago +1


  • Mohammad Al-Sammarrai
    Mohammad Al-Sammarrai 8 days ago +1

    This is wonderful.

    • Matthew Encina
      Matthew Encina  8 days ago

      Mohammad Al-Sammarrai thanks did you see my other space?

  • Kathiravan Manimozhi

    Awesome setup and video. :) How did you attach the wooden block to the drawers?

    • Matthew Encina
      Matthew Encina  8 days ago

      Kathiravan Manimozhi it just sits on top with rubber legs for friction

  • blaisck
    blaisck 9 days ago

    Where I can buy those Godzilla thing?

    • Matthew Encina
      Matthew Encina  9 days ago

      blaisck check eBay now. “Godzilla, mondo, comic con 2013”

  • Montinez Rowe
    Montinez Rowe 9 days ago +1

    I love your style, from the way you formatted the office and the script to even your clothes. Everything is perfect. Thanks for the article as well as the video

  • Ken Lawrence
    Ken Lawrence 10 days ago +1

    Great Tips! I'm a DJ... Producer... Graphic designer so I'm going to have to adapt a home studio... DJ controller +Turntables to use my desktop + laptop any tips?

    • Matthew Encina
      Matthew Encina  9 days ago +1

      Ken Lawrence look on Etsy. I found some nice looking Dj cases/desks that look well designed and minimal.

  • Lubomyr Róbert Lajgút

    How much did it cost?

  • Erdiajeng Mukti
    Erdiajeng Mukti 10 days ago

    What inch is the monitor?

    • Matthew Encina
      Matthew Encina  10 days ago

      Erdiajeng Mukti 34” details in the links in the description

  • TheRBLXnoob GamerDev
    TheRBLXnoob GamerDev 10 days ago +2

    Matthew , my room is quite bigger than yours but it only has 2 small window . I wanna paint my main wall (where my desk face to) black like yours but im afraid my room will be too dark ... ? What do you think ?

    • TheRBLXnoob GamerDev
      TheRBLXnoob GamerDev 10 days ago

      Matthew Encina thanks ! I will paint it soon . Great video !

    • Matthew Encina
      Matthew Encina  10 days ago

      TheRBLXnoob GamerDev nah. Personally I love dark spaces. Has a very intimate feeling. But one accent wall won’t close up the space imo

  • Scopes Of Existence
    Scopes Of Existence 11 days ago +1

    Great video. Music at 2:30?

    • Matthew Encina
      Matthew Encina  10 days ago

      Scopes Of Existence I forget, but it’s all from here:

  • Angel Castaneda
    Angel Castaneda 11 days ago +1

    I found this video today! I just finished installing the exact same desk and yes it's heavy! Ikea is currently trying to sell off the last of it since they are actually going to stop production for it. All other table tops I saw (including the popular Karlby) had some particle board in it... not good for cutting to size. Your work space is an inspiration, thanks for sharing how you improved it!

    • Matthew Encina
      Matthew Encina  10 days ago

      Angel Castaneda thanks for the info. Good to know

  • Tristan D
    Tristan D 11 days ago +1

    Your office is so aesthetically pleasing.

  • Naim Rahman
    Naim Rahman 11 days ago

    Why didn't you get a VESA mount for the monitor?

  • emichos erit
    emichos erit 12 days ago +1

    can we all give it up to the older generations. literally 98% of any project we need to do there is a tutorial on youtube. I have no idea how my grandpa built his own house, ran his own electricity and did his own plumbing yet his job was as a gravedigger (the family business lol).
    anyway really nice work on the room man and ima steal that pegboard idea. i have it in my garage and even in my gun closet yet never thought to bring it to the computer room.

    • Yash Tharma
      Yash Tharma 9 days ago

      Stop using your phone then you will be a gravedigger.

    • Matthew Encina
      Matthew Encina  11 days ago +1

      emichos erit I think our generation has to worry less about essentials, so we’re free to do things like create content and build businesses. We have so many resources easily available to us.

    • emichos erit
      emichos erit 11 days ago +1

      @Matthew Encina ours is too in their own way but diy stuff really makes me appreciate their experiences.

    • Matthew Encina
      Matthew Encina  11 days ago +1

      The generation before us were amazing

  • Port land
    Port land 12 days ago

    do you have any tips to make wall from wood to be like yours, with satin black color?

  • nihar pradhan
    nihar pradhan 12 days ago +3

    Great one..M planning to do somthng like you..

  • Avinash Patil
    Avinash Patil 13 days ago

    From where did you buy the black mate which your using under your keyboard?

    ARJAYTV 13 days ago +1

    Pinoy sir? Hehe galing

      ARJAYTV 13 days ago

      Hehe nahalata ko hehe salamat sir kalmadong kalmado ang boses :)

    • Matthew Encina
      Matthew Encina  13 days ago +1


  • Louis Firdaus
    Louis Firdaus 13 days ago +2

    This inspire me to set up my own office space.

  • Suraj Koshti
    Suraj Koshti 13 days ago

    Dell ?

  • Josh Peck
    Josh Peck 14 days ago +1

    Thank you for making this! You have very similar tastes in interior design as I do! You gave me a very good idea on what to do!

  • Anand Zombade
    Anand Zombade 16 days ago +1

    Good transformation

  • Leo Hernandez
    Leo Hernandez 17 days ago

    Man you're so lucky you have Ikea in your town, amazing job and great video!

    • Leo Hernandez
      Leo Hernandez 14 days ago

      @Bhavna Singhal ????

    • Bhavna Singhal
      Bhavna Singhal 14 days ago

  • Francesco Fdlphotos
    Francesco Fdlphotos 17 days ago

    Thank you for this video! What is for you the minimal distance between screen (31-34'') and eyes? And would be the minal table large for work with a big screen?

  • Volfied
    Volfied 18 days ago

    Why are these type of videos so pretentious?

    • Matthew Encina
      Matthew Encina  17 days ago +1

      Volfied because they are made by pretentious people

  • Lola yorita astri
    Lola yorita astri 18 days ago +1


  • Bambi Nai
    Bambi Nai 18 days ago +1