More and more people are working at home these days. And if they don’t have a designated office they have to come up with ways to create an efficient work space.
I’ve worked at home for quite some time, and I write my posts from my recliner. But I decided I had to get documents and such in one place. I needed to buy a printer/scanner because sometimes you just need one.
I wouldn’t be able to find my stamps if my life depended on it because I rarely use stamps and always forget where I put them.
But where to put these things that wouldn’t take over another room? I only have a one bedroom apartment, as you know.
I finally came up with an idea so I could organize what needed organizing. To give everything a place so I could easily find it when I needed it.
And all I needed to use was three pieces of furniture arranged in a certain fashion.
Creating a half wall in the open space that leads from my living room to my dining space was the perfect solution. There was more than enough room. And I only used 2 feet.
First I put the little shuttered cupboard adjacent to the wall. Then my grandson and I put together a bookcase that I needed for books and lined it up to the wall next to the cupboard.
This creates the illusion of a half wall.
I realized that I can’t find anything when I need it. I’ve lost my social security card. I couldn’t find my stamps if my life depended on it.
So even though I really don’t need a full office and don’t have an extra room for one, I definitely needed a designated place to put office type things where I can find them.
This is my answer. Two wall areas just for my office space. Instead of an L-shape like you sometimes see, this time it’s an inverted L-shape. Created by putting the cupboard in front of the desk, essentially hiding it from view. And thus wrapped around two walls.
It’s a different style from what I usually choose. It’s more feminine. I was just ready for a more feminine touch for this area of my apartment.
I moved the long sideboard that was here before and put it over by the couch. I’ll show you that another day. It’s just a few feet from where it was.
I ordered a real wood desk this time. Not a fake wood desk that would fall apart in a matter of months, which always seems to happen. I ordered a good comfortable chair.
And that was no easy feat. Due to the coronavirus, it’s very hard to find desks and office chairs, etc., because people are working at home and most everything was sold out.
I wanted a fabric chair with real wood at the bottom and casters so the chair would roll around.
I put the vintage mail box on the wall on the other side of the bookcase to place mail until I have time to go through it. Most of it is stuff I end up throwing away.
I found the little office sign on Amazon.com. And the flower and book painting was in my bathroom.
I painted the little cupboard with the galvanized inserts Chiffon Cream. It is chalk paint I ordered from Amazon.com.
This cupboard was a bright white before and it looked a bit odd with the other furniture pieces being a creamier beige or sand color.
I ordered a printer. Before I was emailing documents to Kasi at work and she would print them and bring them to me. But she’s working at home now, so that is no longer an option.
I found this laser printer online at Staples for $139.99 and it was ready to go with Wifi. In the past I have had inkjet printers, but you’re always having to order those expensive cartridges.
This printer doesn’t print in color, but I doubt I’ll need anything except black for documents. Time will tell if I prefer a laser printer over an inkjet.
Do you have a preference for one or the other?
I left everything on this wall and brought the typewriter print into the mix. I already had this framed print.
But Kendra was here on Sunday and spotted it. She suggested putting it above my desk and it was a great idea. It hadn’t occurred to me.
I bought the little lamp from Target that is more feminine as well. At the moment I can’t think what the base is made of.
Let me give you a closer look and maybe you will know. It’s on the tip of my tongue.
The last thing I was waiting for yesterday was the organizer on the far right that I put together.
It backs up to the printer and gives me a place to put everything, though the desk does have one drawer. Plus it covers up most of the back of the printer.
I chose this organizer from Amazon.com because it has a place for hanging file folders in the back that I can use.
By lining the shuttered cupboard up with the corner, I created an area that gave the desk its own hidden space. It is, once again, the illusion of a half wall.
I scooted the cupboard in toward the desk and now it is lined up perfectly with the bookcase.
In a very small area, I have a desk and chair, a storage cupboard and a bookshelf. I achieved this by carving out some of the open area that leads to the dining space and using it as a sort of “wall.”
Now I will know where my camera lenses are. My pens and paper and stapler and tape dispenser.
I added a bit of boho decor to the mix in addition to the farmhouse jars and grocery sign that were already here. I guess it’s kind of feminine boho farmhouse style. Eclectic at any rate.
Nothing else had to be moved.
So I have a little dining space on one side and a small office space opposite and I hope to not misplace any more important documents.
If you live in a small space and need to carve out an area like an office space, consider putting a piece of furniture adjacent to a wall that is next to an open area.
I didn’t use more than 2 feet, but that gave me all the space I needed to arrange the desk behind it. In effect hiding it from view.
I thought I had things where Ivy would stay out of them, but she quickly became fascinated with the silver desk organizer.
Last night I found envelopes she’d reached in and taken out chewed up, so I had to put the rest of them in the desk drawer.
Now she’s seeing what else she might be able to pry out. My nosy Ivy Lou is always determined to check out everything that is new and see what she can get into.