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6 home office design dilemmas and solutions

6 home office design dilemmas and solutions

Smart and stylish storage is key in any organized home office.

Author: Michael Graydon

Design Lesson

6 home office design dilemmas and solutions

6 savvy design solutions to create a functional and stylish home office.

 

Churn that creativity and pump up your productivity in a home office that's designed for functionality with a look that will inspire you to hit those deadlines.

 

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6 home office design dilemmas and solutions

Problem: My rental doesn’t allow me to install bookshelves in my home office, but I really love the custom look

You can still achieve a custom look without changing the architecture of your space. Save some money with a standard bookcase (like the IKEA Billy or Liatorp) and paint or wallpaper the back with a gorgeous print.

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6 home office design dilemmas and solutions

Problem: The wires in my home office drive me nuts and take away from my beautiful, tidy space

To keep things tidy in your home office, install a power bar to the back of your desk space so there’s only one cable running from the desk to the wall outlet. Also attach a hanging basket underneath the desktop to house any loose wires.

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6 home office design dilemmas and solutions

Problem: My printer is essential to my small business, but takes over my desk space

Printers can make even the sleekest of spaces look untidy. Hide it in a deep filing cabinet next to the desk, drilling a hole in the back for the cable to run out.

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6 home office design dilemmas and solutions

Problem: I’m a creative type and I love to be inspired by the space around me, but my home office is barren

Make your home office a haven for creativity by building a giant inspiration wall. Paint the walls your favourite colour then crisscross ribbon in a deeper shade across one of the walls using brass thumb tacks, creating a diamond pattern. Once all is complete, slide in fabric, photos, and illustrations – whatever inspires you – behind the ribbon.

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6 home office design dilemmas and solutions

Problem: The French doors to the storage closet in my home office hit the desk on one side and the bookshelf on the other

If you’re short on space in your home office, remove the closet doors and hang drapes to avoid damaging furniture and give you easier access to storage.

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6 home office design dilemmas and solutions

Problem: Our home office needs to double as a guest room, but a bed just overpowers the space

If the space will be used more as a home office than a guest room, purchase a sofa bed that pulls out when you have visitors, or a captain’s bunk that pulls out to make a double bed. It also gives you extra seating in the office!

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6 home office design dilemmas and solutions

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