On my list of projects for this year is to update my office. My “office” is actually just an awkward angle of our hallway. When we built our home, the builder offered it as an upgrade for linen storage and cabinets. However, we declined to save money and now I am so happy we did. A few months into living in our home, I did some measuring and figured out I could fit a small desk there and made myself an office. But now I have an office update & plans to share to make this space more functional and provide lots of storage.
I tried to update the space a few times and with a few decor changes. However, it was a small desk with lots of decor and lots of stuff. It mostly became a dumping ground for all the stuff in our home. There was no room for my printer, paper shredder, craft supplies, etc. And after cleaning out the guest bedroom, I really needed a place for all of those things.
I brainstormed a few ideas, but saw this image and knew it was the solution. Built-ins will make the office area look like it was always supposed to be there and not just an afterthought. Drawers can hide the ugly stuff like printer and paper shredder, plus hold my craft supplies, pens, paper clips, etc.
After more measurements, a few sketches, and browsing the Ikea website, I finally decided on this design. It’s not perfect, but this what I’m working towards. So, when I placed the IKEA order for our living room built-ins, I also ordered for my office.
OFFICE UPDATE & PLANS
The plan is to take the storage all the way up and extend the desk area to the angled wall. It will provide a larger desk and workspace, plus look like it was supposed to be this way all along. I will be adding trim and repainting the Ikea cabinets just like I did with our built-ins. I will also add a wall lamp, so it doesn’t take up desk space.
If you follow along on Instagram stories, I shared a sneak peek of this space a few weeks ago. Before I could get started on our guest bedroom makeover, I had to clean it out. A lot of the boxes from Ikea for this office space were in there. So I actually am a little ahead of the game, and have already built the cabinets and installed the desk. I just need to finish the trim, paint, baseboards, art, lighting, and decor.