The Monolithic Office

Remodelling a room is a great way to get a fresh start for your new office. It's even better when your room is the a nice big basement waiting for some finishing touches.

Lifehacker reader Adam Selwood is getting ready for the arrival of a new baby—congratulations Adam!—and trying to use the space in his home more efficiently. The basement, previously just used for storage, was slated to be turned into a home office.

Those of us who have had basement offices or offices with no windows can attest to the importance of making sure your windowless office has a sense of space and lightness to it. Very few people want to work in a hole in the ground, Adam did an excellent job making his basement office feel roomy by using bright lighting, light coloured flooring, and an uncluttered floor plan. From his notes on the picture you see above:

In preparation for the pending arrival of our first child, we decided to renovate our basement into a multipurpose living and work space. We build the office into one of four Ikea PAX wardrobes. Most of the cabling is hidden behind the wardrobe leaving the workspace nice and clean. The keyboard tray is a hacked drawer usually used to store ties or belts. I also put some spot lighting in a couple of places to lighten the space up.

The final result is a functional space that is very comfortable to work in that can be easily hidden away.

On top of the novelty of being able to vanish behind a black glass door, his workspace has some nifty details. The keyboard tray is the original organisation try from the Ikea wardrobe, he turned it into an organiser/keyboard tray by cutting out a recess for a piece of smoked glass he salvaged. The lighting in the wardrobe is provided by a set of LED disc lights, controlled by a switch mounted on the side of the keyboard tray. The workspace appears nearly cable free thanks to all the cables being routed behind the back panel of the wardrobe. The end result is a clean and sleek workspace that scarcely gives away its beginning as a lowly basement. Excellent work Adam!


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