I am SO excited to share the details of my home office that I have been working on the past year! It actually has been complete for a few months, but I have been a busy girl! I am SO thrilled with how everything has turned out so far! In this post I will share the layout of my office space, my favorite desk items, and office décor. All of the items I discuss in this post are linked at the bottom of this post!
My office actually doubles as the guest bedroom (we usually just store the bed away until a guest comes), so I knew that I needed to have a space in the corner of this room for my desk so that I wouldn’t have to move too many things around for when we have guests. Also, I needed my work space to also function as my craft space, but for my craft work space to not crash into my actual work space. This is why I decided to design an L-shaped style desk with one side for crafting and the other side for working, but have some room underneath so that I wouldn’t catch my desk chair or knock my legs while working.
For my desk/shelf combo, I used the 39” and the 59” (discontinued, but now there is a 55” Lagkapten version) Linnmon table with the Adils legs and the Kallax shelf unit from Ikea. I put the wider table on the front of the shelf and attached with connector plates from Ikea, and added two legs. I eventually want to get another shelf or drawer in place of the legs. On the craft side, I added the smaller table and screwed on 2 legs. To attach, I used 2 L-brackets underneath and screwed these to the side of the shelf for support. I then covered the top with some marbled contact paper.
I absolutely love how I have my craft items displayed and organized. I will definitely have to write another post on how I made the peg board and how I organized all of my paints, brushes, and tools.
For the Kallax shelf, I have all of my craft supplies on the bottom part underneath the table and my work supplies, such as books, files, etc., on the top part. I love using these magazine holders from The Container Store to hold my office supplies and store my important folders or paper types. I am also pretty old school and take a lot of notes on paper when writing or working, so using this desktop file organizer has been so great to help keep those loose papers organized. For quick access to the paper for taking notes, the letter tray has been wonderful for keeping those papers neat and tidy. And I can’t forget to not mention my absolute favorite desk accessory—Spencer the otter tape dispenser!
For my desktop, I organized my pens, dry erase markers, and pencils with a swivel pencil organizer. I am a huge fan of chinoiserie, so small desktop décor items are a must for me. Also, in this little tray I hide dark chocolate espresso beans for midday pick-me-ups! For added space, I have a monitor riser with little cubbies to stash some little desk accessories and office supplies.
I topped my desk with a large leather desk pad. It helps protect the top of the desk and doubles as a mouse pad which definitely lessens the desktop clutter. One huge must for desktop organization is the desk clamp power strip. It helps so much for quick plugins and I don’t have to crawl underneath to unplug. It also helps protect against the quick yanks that I have a tendency to do when unplugging which most always ends up ruining cords. To help aid in not having my desktop not too cluttered by cords, I use silicone cable straps. They’re super stretchy and helps to keep the cords neat and not tangly all over the desktop. These little straps are also perfect for traveling! To organize the cords from dangling below the desk, I line up all of the cords around the edge of the desk and hold them in place with cable clips.
I love the scalloped velvet desk chair that I paired with this office. It’s not blue and match everything, but sometimes you need something just a little different!To add some flair and personality to my workspace, I hung some art from some of my favorite artists. Additionally, I love house plants, and a lot of research shows that having small, live plants are great way to reduce stress, they clean the air, increase productivity, and boost creativity! So, I have several house plants (without looking like a jungle) on my desktop or on the side of my desk. They bring me so much happiness!
Items in Office:
I know there are a few more things that I need to do for this office space, like add curtains, but for now I am so happy and proud of the space that I have created! I hope that you are inspired and I would love to learn more about your spaces, too!