The Compact Office-On-A-Wall Workspace

The Compact Office-On-A-Wall Workspace

When you’re short on space in a small apartment, it pays to take advantage of vertical space. Today’s featured workspace packs a lot of storage into a very small footprint.

Lifehacker reader winnab had to make the most of the available space in her one-bedroom apartment without overpowering her living space with two work stations. She writes:

We moved in to a one bedroom in DC a few months ago. I didn’t want our desks to take over the common room, so we got it all on one 12′ wall by hanging these Elfa shelves from The Container Store. The shelves are amazing—everything you see is hanging from a single beam that is secured across the top of the wall, which we probably made 12 holes total to hang.

I was very nervous to put anything on the shelves at first, but it’s been about four months without a mishap. There is a lot going on because I’m a designer (left), and he’s a teacher. So we’ve got books, teaching materials and miscellany surrounding us.

I tried to figure out the best way to group and stack items so that it looked interesting but was also ordered according to usage. I probably change things around twice a month. All of the cords and cables below the computers and along the baseboard still need to be organized, but we’re getting there. I’m Mac, he’s Mac for work and Ubuntu for home. These pictures are a random collection I have of different parts of the shelves.

The Compact Office-On-A-Wall Workspace [Lifehacker Workspace Show and Tell Pool]


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