When we moved into the apartment it was definitely a downsize. The two bedrooms have a desk in them and my husband and son use them. I’ve never liked the idea of having a desk or office in a bedroom. Same thing with the TV, it’s distracting in a room that is about rest.
I work from home and my office has been on an end table with an ottoman as a chair in the living room. After 3 months, I’m done…no more! The space is too cramped, using an ottoman for a chair and an end table for a desk isn’t the right height and it’s all together uninspiring to do work.
How do you fit a workspace in a small space? Again Pinterest never disappoints! Someone posted a picture of a Crate and Barrel ladder desk that was decorated really nice and I loved it! Crate and Barrel doesn’t have the desk available for purchase at the store for pickup. There are plenty of choices online so I found one that I liked by “Coaster” through Amazon and it arrived from China in 2 weeks. The box contained a bunch of wood planks with some fasteners and instructions. Do you love a challenging project? If so, taking on building the desk is a good one. The desk was hard to put together, I made mistakes and was able to fix them. It took hours. (with lots of distractions…like a 10 week old puppy). For less than $100 bucks I have a really cool desk. The chair actually cost more, $120 and I got it from Josh and Main online. I am really into the mid-century modern style right now.
Now to decorate, I’ve never taken any design classes and decorating is sort of a bitter sweet pleasure? It’s a painful process, but in the end I’m usually happy with the outcome. I selected things that are meaningful to me. First, the orchid plant and then the picture I really liked from the hotel on the San Francisco trip. I printed the picture of the 50’s swimmer diving into angry water from my phone. I dug out an old frame to frame the picture and found some stored art. I love Mexican recycled metal art…the pig. Who doesn’t love the show Fixer Upper? I tried to use one of their metal wall art, a word they sell, but it was too long. I even called the shop they use to create their signs JDH Iron designs, they were not able to produce a smaller version. Google was able to find an alternative. I found another metal design company Metal Unlimited that charged $29 for an 8×10 metal script with the word create. It will come in 3 weeks…hopefully not from China.
The only draw back is what to do with my monster monitor. I’d like to do without it, however some of the work I do requires a larger screen. Not sure what to do about that. Lastly, the desk in the current area needs a little more light. The picture on Pinterest shows it with a small lamp, but I think it would be cool to have under lighting so a battery operated light will be the final touch. The result, a small office that is now prominently displayed in a room where most of the time spent in it is for this purpose.