This is a space made up of a mix of pieces, most of which were brought from our last house and my former studio. I bought the shelf second-hand off craigslist almost a year ago and the small table used for my printer at a flea market. While it all looks good, I’ve realized I don’t have the kind of storage and function I really need in a home office.
I found myself increasingly frustrated with the workflow in my office that I finally sat down and made a wish list of things would address the issues…
- Larger desk surface, so I can have my larger monitor and a couple of “working piles” out and still have free desk space. I like to make piles of action items.
- File drawers to organize paperwork and make it easier to access documents when I need them.
- Closed storage & more storage. The room doesn’t have a closet and stuff that should be in my office is in the hall coat closet and the living room. I’d like to have it all in the room where it belongs.
- Comfortable & adjustable desk chair. Especially with my current shoulder issues, I’m realizing that my vintage chair paired with my vintage desk doesn’t provide the best ergonomic set-up. I find myself taking my computer to the kitchen table or island when I should be more comfortable sitting at my desk.
I have to confess that I’ve always been resistant to having “office furniture” in my home and I know that’s completely impractical when trying to furnish a home office. There are also some beautiful options out there these days that don’t look like laminate cubicle furniture. So, for the past few months, I’ve been trolling craigslist and the internet to see what I could find.
I’ll be moving the old bookshelf, which I think was originally a hutch top, to my studio to pair with the hardware cabinet. I think they’ll work well married as one large piece. I’ll be bringing in a much taller bookcase that will fill the height of the room better and offer some closed storage.
I’m replacing the vintage teacher’s desk with an L-shaped executive desk with file drawers and over double the work surface area. I love that this one has the “modern amenities”, but has traditional lines.
Based on the measurements, it’ll fit perfectly in this corner, facing the door. I liked facing the window, but that configuration creates a lot of dead space in the room and awkward corners. I think repositioning the desk will fix that.
And this adjustable and more supportive desk chair already arrived this week…
Sadly, I am most likely going to sell the antique farmhouse hutch, since it doesn’t work as well in this house as it did our last house. It’s one of my favorite pieces, but it doesn’t look as special against these higher ceilings and traditional design elements. It needs to be in a cottage or a farmhouse to really shine.
I’m going to move the oak hutch from the studio to replace it, but only use the bottom part of it as a printer stand. The oak should tie in nicely with the wood of the new desk. And I’ll find something cool to do with the top half.
Of course, I’ll share the details of the process and show the room turns out…
As full disclosure, I am partnering with Birch Lane on this project. This specific post is not a part of that partnership, but the items I linked to and featured today will be. The cool thing about this, though, is that I had all of these pieces in my cart on Birch Lane’s website and I was already saving up some money as well as my credit card bonus points cash reward to buy them. So, their e-mail for this new campaign came at a perfect time and I can naturally share about pieces I was planning to buy anyway!