Workspace of the Week: Office in an armoire

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Mark Coggins’ writer’s workshop:

I’m of the opinion that if you work from home, you need a way to literally shut the door to your office. The door makes a nice barrier between your work life and personal life. Author Mark Coggins shows us that four cabinet doors can do exactly that. This office, which is outfitted in an armoire, holds a scanner, printer, keyboard, mouse, monitor, link station, and router within its relatively small structure. Nothing is cluttered, and, except for a few sentimental items, most everything in the space is utilitarian. Thank you, Mark, for submitting such an inspirational space.

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10 Comments for “Workspace of the Week: Office in an armoire”

  1. posted by Andy @ The Daily Click on

    I like the set up especially the fact that you can shut it all away at the end of the day, something which I would find useful. But I would struggle to not end up kicking the equipment which is kept underneath.

  2. posted by Sheena on

    My mother used to have a desk like that as well. It was nice to be able to close the doors

  3. posted by Another Deb on

    This looks like a great way to separate work from home. I have to close the door on an entire room, however. My school papers, resouurce books and materials spread way out. I have to have a roomier space to stretch my legs as well, so I’d kick a printer in the armoire. Wait, that sounded bad…

  4. posted by Molly McButter on

    I want a computer armoire so bad, but I’m having a terrible time finding one for less than $900! My friend bought a put-it-together-yourself one years ago from Lowe’s, but they don’t sell that kind of thing anymore. Any ideas on where to find these for a reasonable price…. closer to $200-400? I’ve been keeping an eye on craig’s list. No luck yet.

  5. posted by Another Deb on

    @ Molly
    Perhaps you can find an entertainment center and have it modified. I have been hearing that the flat screen TV revolution has made these big pieces of furniture obsolete and going for cheap on places like Craigslist.

  6. posted by timgray on

    Wished they made them wider. I could never live with a single monitor. The three I have on my desk would need that unit to be 2X wider to fit. Then have a way for my laptop to sit on a extension so I can work on both at once.

    Yes. I really do need 4 monitors and 2 pc’s. I also have a 27″ HDTV hooked up for viewing footage, but that can mount to a door…

    Maybe it’s time to go shopping at Ikea again :)

  7. posted by Enrique S @ The Corporate Barbarian on

    I like the set up. The bulletin board is a good idea. I think I would add a whiteboard for brainstorming.

  8. posted by knitwych on

    Oh, how I wish this would work for me. I tried the armoire thing (spent $500 on a pretty nice one) but even with a swing-out shelf, I found that it was too cramped for me. I have a lot of paper notes, and I frequently consult different books while I’m working, so I need more horizontal space. I really liked being able to close it up and have a ‘not officey’ look in the room, but as soon as I moved into a house with space for a real office, I stopped using the armoire.

    Another thing — I found that I abused the convenience of being able to close up the armoire and pretend I had a clutter-free space. Instead of dealing appropriately with papers and junk, I’d just shove them into the back of the armoire and close the door. I tend to be lazy (there, I said it!) and I never could come up with a really efficient means of keeping the things I needed at hand without resisting the urge to create piles. I need to have tools/reference materials/filing stuff within arm’s reach. I couldn’t figure out a way to do that without having clutter.

  9. posted by knitwych on

    Oh, how I wish this would work for me. I tried the armoire thing (spent $500 on a pretty nice one) but even with a swing-out shelf, I found that it was too cramped for me. I have a lot of paper notes, and I frequently consult different books while I’m working, so I need more horizontal space. I really liked being able to close it up and have a ‘not officey’ look in the room, but as soon as I moved into a house with space for a real office, I stopped using the armoire.

    Another thing — I found that I abused the convenience of being able to close up the armoire and pretend I had a clutter-free space. Instead of dealing appropriately with papers and junk, I’d just shove them into the back of the armoire and close the door. I tend to be lazy (there, I said it!) and I never could come up with a really efficient means of keeping the things I needed at hand without resisting the urge to create piles. I need to have tools/reference materials/filing stuff within arm’s reach. I couldn’t figure out a way to do that without having clutter.
    Sorry, forgot to add great post! Can’t wait to see your next post!

  10. posted by Peregrin on

    Slightly OT….

    “I’m of the opinion that if you work from home, you need a way to literally shut the door to your office.”

    AMEN! I this is one of the reasons why I have such difficulty homeschooling my kids–our “schoolroom” is spread over the dining room and kitchen. There is no way to separate my work (education) from my home, and it’s so distracting to walk past dirty dishes or piles that need to be put away when I’m trying to do lessons. I really wish we had an extra room in which to do lessons….

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