I work from home from time to time and although it can be hard to get going, I do enjoy it once I'm in the zone. I don't have a designated room where I work, but rather a small corner in the living room that I have taken over and filled with all the stuff I need on a daily basis. It's a small spot, but its functional, thanks to some multipurpose furniture and organization.
The Norden Gate-leg Table from Ikea has been the most practical piece of furniture that we purchased for the apartment. It is a jack of all trades, if you will.
For the most part it stays folded up and acts as an entry console that collects mail, loose change, biz cards, jewelry, nail polish, hair elastics...you know how that goes. It also houses a bunch of miscellaneous items in its side drawers, like electronics and electric cords that I swear we need, but don't know exactly what for, batteries, cleaning supplies and all of George's (the dog) stuff. We fold out the gate leg table when we want to use it as a dining table. This is of course, when we aren't eating "TV dinner style" on the sofa. This puppy folds out to 60" long, which is most helpful when I'm working from home and need extra space to spread out all of my crap.
To function more like a desk, I filled the left side drawers with smaller office supplies like pens, pencils, staples, scissors, 3 hole puncher, post-its and so on. I did a bit of shopping at my parents' for a printer and file cabinet and took over a bookcase also located in my corner. So after some problem solving and intense organization, my corner in the living room has become my highly functioning "home office".
Offices can be a challenge to design, even when you have more than just a corner to work with, because function is such an important part. The space not only has to be beautiful, but it has to be efficient and practical. And it sure can be tough to make office supplies and files pleasing to the eye. Here are some offices that I think got it right.
all images via my pinterest
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