Working from home has a lot of benefits, but it can also create spacial problems if you happen to live in a small apartment. Rachel Mellon from IKEA Hackers has built her own micro-office workaround that’s small enough to fit inside a bedroom.
With a limited area and budget to work with, Rachel built a bedroom/home office combo using a Lack wall shelf, Bissa and Stall shoe stalls, Ribba ledges and a Henriksdal bar height stool. Here’s how Rachel built her micro office:
A full size desk and file cabinets would not work here, as there would be no room to manoeuvre around the bed and it would block the window. I started with a large Lack wall shelf in birch, attaching it to the wall as a floating laptop desk. I chose birch because all of the components I used came in that color and it’s a very neutral color which keeps the area looking sleek and minimal.
Once the Lack was screwed into the studs I realized just how sleek and sturdy this wall shelf is. It holds a laptop, a heavy wireless printer and three magazine holders full to capacity without budging. Next, I hung two Ribba picture ledges above the Lack to house artwork and diplomas and make it look less like an office space.
Below the Lack, flanking an upholstered Henriksdal bar-height stool, is a Stall four drawer shoe cabinet on one side and a Bissa two drawer shoe cabinet on the other. Standard filing cabinets would not have fit here but the shoe cabinets are slim enough to allow ample space between the bed and the office station. The drawers fold out at an angle that allows plenty of storage inside. A simple hack to the drawer interiors was all I needed to make it work: I just left off the plastic separator attachments and wood inserts (used to separate two pairs of shoes) and kept the drawers hollow.
This left plenty of room to fit file folders, jars of office supplies, packs of printer paper and an assortment of books. I even used the top left drawer to hide the wifi router and messy cords. The cost (thanks to some lucky finds in the as-is section) came out to $US260 for the entire office area. But even full price it should cost $300 or less.
[Via IKEA Hackers]