Skip to main content

Create a Minimalist Office at Home

This will be the last article of my series on making a home-office workstation wanna-be. The minimalist office is a trend as people tend to work at home instead of spending hours commuting to office nowadays. The reason behind this is that I don't wanna bring my heavy MacBook Pro back and forth from home to office. Besides, I only need a light-computation like typing, editing an image using Canva, or just watching some screencast on YouTube.

my mini workstation consists of a tab, keyboard, and mouse

We already have a small desk (using dirt-cheap PVC pipes and foldable table) and a DIY tablet stand. For the peripherals, I also have a 10-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab A, a Bluetooth (and silent) keyboard, and a Bluetooth mouse. I often use some keyboard shortcuts, so we can ignore the needs of the mouse.

Let's break them down.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A with 10-inch Display

This device is more than enough for typing. If you type, you type with your heart. The 'thinking' part comes after that.

For the editing, change some typos, or replace some words, I use the Grammarly application. This app is also great for students or copywriters. Although it is a paid software, the free version is more than enough for daily use. If you need the premium features, it offers a 50% discount after some days of usage to your email. Some "black hat" guys on BL or Toped also sell the premium account at a lower price (about $8 for a lifetime usage(!)). I think it's considered an unlawful way to use the tool, bear in mind that it is highly inappropriate and your account will most likely to be vanished in a few months after.

Personally, as a person who makes money from making a software, I don't recommend that way.

Alcatroz Trilium BTR 1

What I love about this keyboard is that the silent sound it makes when you press each button. Not accurately 'silent' like no sound at all, but it helps me to not making a clicky noise when my daughter is sleeping at late nights, or if you're just having an OCD.

alcatroz bluetooth keyboard btr 1

The second nice thing to have about this keyboard is that it is powered by a lithium battery which very convenient for longer daily use. It claims that if you need to charge the keyboard after 4-months of usage. But after bought it about 1 year ago, I never charge the keyboard. Is that because I always turn it off when it's not needed?

The other feature that this keyboard has is that it can be paired to up to 3 devices. It is quite helpful when you work with a PC, tab, and mobile phone at the pretty same time. With 2 years of warranty, the company seemed more legit.

What I hate about the keyboard? The price is quite expensive, compared to other brands like Logitech or other famous brands. The layout is not the same as the Apple keyboard though. So you need to make a new habit for a day or two.

Logitech Bluetooth Mouse M590

The mouse is relatively affordable. With around Rp 300,000 or about $20, you get the most features from a Bluetooth mouse. It also has an additional dongle if your laptop is not compatible with low-energy Bluetooth device. The custom buttons or side buttons will make your life easier, creating a combination of “gesture”, you can have 2x5 or 10 more shortcuts such as going to the next workspace (on OSX), or even customize a shortcut inside a specific application (but not in Dota2, as far as I have tried).

bluetooth mouse logitech m590

The silent feature is not a damn silent like no sound at all. You can hear the 'click' sound but what I can say is that it absorbs 90% of the sound and sends it to the Limbo. The 'silent' keyword is just like a marketing gimmick to stand out the products from its competitors.

It is powered by a single AA battery which lasts for a very long time. A guy who gives a review at Amazon said that he has been using it for a year using the battery included. I can say that I am quite happy with the product, and use it also when I work with my laptop since it supports multi-pairing to up to 2 devices.

It also has a feature called Logitech Flow, which allows you to transfer data from one device to another one, even those two have different operating systems or platform. A very nice thing to have but it is quite useless for me.


A computing device, a Bluetooth keyboard, and a silent mouse. A tab stand made by heart. A humble desk crafted by your hand. More than ample to accompany your countless sleepless nights.

Tell me your thought. Give me a comment or two now, or forever hold your peace.


Popular posts from this blog

About Prabowo Murti


Hello. My name is Prabowo Murti. This website is made to write all things about programming, business, religion (especially Islam), my family, minimalism, etc, basically anything that related to my journey in life. I will do my best to write all articles in English, not because I am good at it, but just for practice.

About Me I obtained my bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Gadjah Mada University. I love to read and write. I was born in a small town named Kubu Raya, in West Kalimantan. Now I live in Tangerang, Banten. Let's say I am proud to be a muslim and an Indonesian.

I believe that we can make this world a better place to live by our writings.

If you have any question, feel free to ask by writing an email to prabowo.murti at Gmail or submit your comment (at the end of each article). I also have some digital footprints elsewhere.

Muhajirin Dotnet It is a small company I built from 2008. It also has a subdomain named Blog Belajar Bisnis, captur…

DIY Table Legs with PVC for Under $5

I now have two pieces of IKEA Lerberg table legs. It's a great product and has a minimalist design. But the price was about $20 each. My pocket is not deep enough, so I decided to make a similar structure but with cheaper materials. Half inch PVC pipes come in rescue. The total cost for the entire project is about IDR 65,000 or still under 5 dollars.

For this DIY project, we need to make two table legs. Each leg needs:

1 x 21.5 cm: middle leg (bottom)
1 x 18.3 cm: middle segment
2 x 17.8 cm: lower legs (right and left)
4 x 10.9 cm: this depends on your top table's width
2 x 47 cm: upper legs (right and left)
1 x 43.9 cm: middle leg (upper)
5 x T-shape fittings
2 x L-shape fittings

Each leg needs about 2.6 metres so in total we need ~5.2 metres. That means 2 x 4 metres half inch pipes. Each 4 m pipe costs about IDR 18,000. Each fitting costs about IDR 2,000. We also need an iron saw. I get one for about IDR 5,000, but I am a little bit disappointed about the quality. The IDR 20…

DIY Tab Stand Using PVC

I think this will be the simplest tablet stand for my Samsung Galaxy Tab A with a 10-inch display. The main idea (at the end) is to make a super-duper tiny and minimalist home office consists of a desk and chair, a tab, a tablet stand, a Bluetooth keyboard, and a Bluetooth (and silent) mouse. You may already read how I made my desk using a pair of PVC table legs, and a folded top table.

Each week, I will try to post about each item needed for our Zen-wannabe home-office. This article will focus on how we make a tablet stand using a half-inch of PVC pipes, and some fittings. We use PVC pipes for almost all of our project since they are pretty cheap and flexible enough. Combined with some fittings, we can easily make any kind of shapes.

What we need:

- 2 x T-shape fittings
- 1 x straight fittings
- 2 x L-shape fittings
- 30 cm half-inch PVC pipes
- An iron saw to cut the pipe
- Some iron glue, or any similar one.

First. Cut the pipes to your preference. For example, you may cut longer if…