My Ikea workspace to draw with the Wacom Cintiq 22HD

Yeahh!!

I am the happy owner of a Cintiq 22HD Touch for 10 days already.

However, the Wacom Cintiq 22HD is really bulky, and I needed to upgrade my working workspace to draw or hours with a proper posture.

I faced some problems that some of you may face too as a Cintiq owner.
I show you how I fixed them getting suitable furniture at Ikea.

It was difficult to draw on the tablet. Why?
It was not because of the quality of the tablet, the pen, or my abilities.

It was because of the height of my desk + the size of the tablet on top.
It was just too high.

Wacom Cintiq 22HD Touch
Wacom Cintiq 22HD Touch

A desk is by default made for writing on a 0.3mm thickness paper, not a such a big tablet.

The new height forces me to “unnaturally” elevate my shoulder and elbow to draw on the Cintiq. It bothered me quite a lot. Some of you may know how picky I am about having a good drawing posture. I needed to solve this issue.

I am actually living at a few steps from an Ikea. I went there to check what I could do to be able to practice the Cintiq in the best condition.

Below is the list of items I get. The price of the pictures is in US Dollars.
I will add the Singapore dollars as well as I live here.


SHOPPING LIST

1. The GALANT desk

Notice the legs of the desk.

The height is adjustable from a kid to adult height.
It was exactly what I need.

The legs propose few numbers of heights, I selected the number20.

For the size of the desk tabletop itself, the wider the better. You will add your laptop or your computer as well to use it as a double screen.

Singapore: 160SGD

ikea table adjustable for Wacom

Adjustable legs that I set up at 20


2. The Projs desk pad

The Cintiq 22HD already has some anti-slippery pad. They are well made. However, when I turned the screen, it still didn’t grip enough the table. With this desk pad, the problem is solved!

Singapore: 7,90SGD


The Cintiq slip a bit on the desk while rotating the screen.


The Cintiq rubber pad won’t slip on the Ikea mat. (It does on the Ikea table)


3. The Lillhojden chair

Get a comfy chair. You will draw for multiple hours – or add some cushions. Singapore: 139SGD

The wheels are optional. It’s just a personal preference as I kept the previous desk for drawing. I move from a desk to another sitting on the same chair.
Wheels are convenient if you use 2 desks (1 for digital, 1 for traditional drawing)

Choose a chair that you can easily adjust the height.

The idea is to customize the table and the chair to your own body posture. It’s also convenient to adjust the height in a second if you need to switch often from a desk to another.


Adjustable chair


4. The FIXA toolbox

You will need a cruciform screwdriver to assemble the table.

If like me you don’t have any, notice that Ikea doesn’t sell any of these tools separately, you have to buy the full set of tools.

Singapore: 15SGD


TOTAL = 321.90SGD (173.96 US$)


From that day, with my adjusted workspace,
I enjoy much more the Cintiq daily experience.

It really becomes a pleasure using it since the frustration is gone.

The solution was simple and relatively cheap.
If you plan to get a Cintiq, you may need to consider these side costs.


UPDATE: I upgraded my workspace with the Ergotron arm to give total freedom of movement to the tablet. It helps me clear my desk when I am not using it.

Ergotron arm with Wacom Cintiq 22HD on my workspace

How I installed the Erogtron arm for my Wacom Cintiq 22

Leave a comment and share your experience when you got your own Cintiq.


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Chou-Tac

Hello! My name is Chou-Tac. I am a Product Designer from France. If the sketching methods I’ve acquired aid me in my life and in my industrial design career, I believe that they can also help you reach your design goal as a student or professional. My aim to help you all along with your design projects and journey. Anytime, feel free to leave a comment in the blog or send me an email at choutac@thedesignsketchbook.com : )

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