Published on November 1st, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Jumbo Jerker upgrade

Materials: Jerker desk

Description: My intense hate of exposed cords and wires drove me to find a tidier workspace solution.

I started with the basic “Jerker” workstation and took the desk surface panel and cut it to fit under the desk to hide cords and power strips and provide a place to mount my center surround speaker.

I used the accessory shelf extension arms to mount my surround speakers instead.

The top shallow shelf of my system provides resting space to my 42″ TV/PC monitor. The independent monitor stand solution is great for stability as my constant accidental bumps of the desk don’t shake the TV.

My large 6′x3′ desk surface is an Ikea counter top with legs mounted to it.

And the crowning feature of this workstation is the rear mounted LED strip lights mounted on the backside of the vertical and horizontal rails of the Jerker system. They add lots of mode to the room and ease eye strain when in the otherwise dark room.

~ Zane, Ohio

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13 Responses to Jumbo Jerker upgrade

  1. Shannon says:

    Hello from Los Angeles! I really don’t like looking at a mess of cables, either. I used to work in video production and now just the thought of that dusty, tangled mess makes me nervous. Thanks for this post. I love the look of your workstation. Congratulations on reducing eye strain with the LED strips, too. Smart and looks clean.

  2. almondz says:

    nice 1 i really like it whr i gonna buy it..

  3. dopey says:

    Could you post a link to the Tree-Wallpaper please?

  4. vipin says:

    looks good …. well i think thats nice to do with my comp

  5. Anonymous says:

    Looks really nice — except that you’re using Windoze instead of a Mac…that’s a serious downside.

  6. Eric Asberry says:

    I think this would be perfect for me.

    Which countertop did you use? The closest I could find on their site was just over 6ft but only about 2 ft deep.

  7. Zane says:


    I used the “DIODER” LED strip lights.
    2 on each side and 2 along the top side…

    It does provide a nice effect- can’t really capture in the photos, and in some way makes staring at the monitor less straining on the eyes…

  8. I’ve never heard of someone saying that the Jerker is too small =S I find it’s too deep and not wide enough. But good Ikea hack, I might consider something like that when I have more room.


  9. Kevin says:

    What type of LED strip lights did you use for lighting? It provides a nice effect.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Nice set up! I tried using my 42″ 1080p TV as a monitor. Even at max rez it unfortunately wasn’t clean enough for serious design/multimedia work or lots of text, but awesome for gaming. Currently I’m using some cheap ikea shelf brackets to mount 3 lcd screens on my Jerker desk at an angle. Two 22″ and one 24″ at 1920×1080 with one Eyefinity capable GPU lets me have several folders, flash, photoshop, and all their menus and timelines open at once. I’ll have to post pics some time…

  11. Zane says:

    I love having the big monitor/TV – but I wouldn’t try it if the monitor can’t handle HD resolution…

    I’m running 1920×1080 on this 42″ so it’s just a bigger “canvas” to view windows on – the elements aren’t necessarily enlarged, you can just fit more on the screen.

    it did take me a few days to adjust, I sit about 3ft. from the screen, but I’m loving it now – more room for multi-tasking!

  12. Lilas Conuts says:

    Hello from Nouméa, thanks for sharing.

  13. - says:

    This looks really nice. I wouldn’t mind having this same setup. How is having such a large monitor? Is the idea to sit a bit farther back from it? I’ve been thinking about getting a larger monitor, but was even worried that, say, 27″ was too big. I haven’t been able to figure out if a huge monitor would help or hurt eye strain.

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