Workspace of the Week: A ‘make it your own’ home office

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Erich’s homemade home office:

This week’s selection includes a homemade desk perfectly sized for its owners office space. When looking to save money or get exactly the piece you want, a custom desk can be a terrific solution. In addition to the custom desk, I like the cable management in the Blue Lounge CableBox below the desk along the back wall. The filing cabinet is practical, where it is used, and covered with fun stickers and magnets that might otherwise not have a place to live in the house. The plant is a nice touch and same goes for the Batman action figure, which personalize the space without adding clutter or obstructing valuable working area. I can’t tell if the framed item on the wall to the left of the desk is a chalkboard or artwork, but if it’s a chalkboard that is a good place to capture ideas, reminders, and schedules. The trash can is out of the way and not easily kicked over since it’s on the other side of the table support. Even the printer placement is in an easily reachable position should Erich need to use it. This is a great home workspace, and we thank Erich for sharing it with us.

Want to have your own workspace featured in Workspace of the Week? Submit a picture to the Unclutterer flickr pool. Check it out because we have a nice little community brewing there. Also, don’t forget that workspaces aren’t just desks. If you’re a cook, it’s a kitchen; if you’re a carpenter, it’s your workbench.

Workspace of the Week: Stand up and store

This week’s Workspace of the Week is BMeunier’s collapsible standing work desk:

When you live in a small space, you do what you can to make areas serve different purposes and still meet all of your needs. A flat-screen television might also be a computer monitor and an art display. A coffee table might also be a storage unit. In BMeunier’s home, his standing work desk can collapse and simply be part of the wall or it can also be a counter space for making morning coffee. Since it has been hung at standing height, no desk chair is required — saving even more floor space. I like the practicality this collapsible desk brings to this small space. Thank you, BMeunier, for sharing your workspace with us.

Want to have your own workspace featured in Workspace of the Week? Submit a picture to the Unclutterer flickr pool. Check it out because we have a nice little community brewing there. Also, don’t forget that workspaces aren’t just desks. If you’re a cook, it’s a kitchen; if you’re a carpenter, it’s your workbench.

Workspace of the Week: When done well, a small office can be an amazing workspace

This week’s Workspace of the Week is r_maues’ simple and small corporate office:

At my first job in Washington, D.C., I shared an open office with five other people. We referred to it as “the pit,” because it didn’t have any windows and felt like a punishment to work in the highly distracting environment (other employees were constantly walking through it and leaving things they didn’t want in their offices, and earphones were prohibited for us to use). Immediately across from the pit was a tiny office that used to be a storage closet. The resident of that office hated it and constantly talked about how he wished his desk were in the pit, while those of us in the pit wished we had the privacy of his office. Ever since then, I’ve had a deep love for itty bitty offices in closets. They feel cozy to me, not cramped, and I like how efficient they can be (you never have to get out of your chair to reach something).

This week’s selection is a brilliant example of how to manage such a small space. The glass work surface on the angle is an excellent use of space and the glass visually opens up the office. The work shelf on the right looks as if it can fold down flat against the wall when not in use, which is another terrific space-saving feature. Pushing the tower off to the far corner is nice, too, because the employee won’t kick it while working at the computer. I also really like the sticky note task organizing system used in concert with the weekly calendar on the whiteboard. It’s ingenious, and likely meets r_maues’ specific work needs. There are so many things to admire with this small space — thank you, r_maues, for sharing your workspace with us.

Want to have your own workspace featured in Workspace of the Week? Submit a picture to the Unclutterer flickr pool. Check it out because we have a nice little community brewing there. Also, don’t forget that workspaces aren’t just desks. If you’re a cook, it’s a kitchen; if you’re a carpenter, it’s your workbench.

Workspace of the Week: Puppy-owner paradise

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Chad T.’s home office:

Anyone who has ever had a pet and a home office knows that if you don’t have good cable management, you’re destined for trouble. Chad T’s office, though full of equipment, has such wonderfully uncluttered cables that his adorable Shiba Inu can play underneath the desk without causing chaos. The setup on the desk is nicely done, too, with the task lighting being able to be easily moved and the shared keyboard and monitor in the middle of everything. And, although it’s not my design style, the whiteboard in the window acts as a very useful privacy shade. There are many things to appreciate and admire in this office, and we would like to thank Chad T. for sharing his space with our Flickr pool.

Want to have your own workspace featured in Workspace of the Week? Submit a picture to the Unclutterer flickr pool. Check it out because we have a nice little community brewing there. Also, don’t forget that workspaces aren’t just desks. If you’re a cook, it’s a kitchen; if you’re a carpenter, it’s your workbench.

Workspace of the Week: A fun-filled office

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Chic and Co.’s Vancouver view office:

There are so many things to love about this home office, and the most obvious is its view of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. During the day, you can rest your eyes by looking at the hustle and bustle of the streets below, and at night the lights can be inspiring. A great view is a productivity benefit to any office. I’m also impressed by the hardware setup in this space. There is a good amount of equipment here, and all of it has a place that works for the user’s needs. The cable management is also nicely done. Another favorite piece in this office is the display shelving for the action figures and collectible toys in the cupboard. Nothing is crowded, the glass doors reduce the need for dusting, and the bottom of the cupboard is highly functional for storing office supplies. Thank you, Chic and Co., for adding your office to our Flickr pool and also for granting us permission to post your image on our site.

Want to have your own workspace featured in Workspace of the Week? Submit a picture to the Unclutterer flickr pool. Check it out because we have a nice little community brewing there. Also, don’t forget that workspaces aren’t just desks. If you’re a cook, it’s a kitchen; if you’re a carpenter, it’s your workbench.

Workspace of the Week: An office in an uncommon place

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Bewol53′s hallway home office:

Home offices don’t always get placed in dedicated rooms with four walls and a door. Most people find space in a nook or corner of a room. This week’s selection appears to have found room for an office along a hallway. It’s a great use of space that might otherwise not be useful. I like that although there is a lot of equipment, it’s arranged in such a way that doesn’t cram the workspace and leaves room for Bewol53 to move and work. There also appears to be under desk storage to the left of the office chair, which is likely where files, books, or other materials are housed. This is a very practical office, and thanks to Bewol53 for sharing it with us.

Want to have your own workspace featured in Workspace of the Week? Submit a picture to the Unclutterer flickr pool. Check it out because we have a nice little community brewing there. Also, don’t forget that workspaces aren’t just desks. If you’re a cook, it’s a kitchen; if you’re a carpenter, it’s your workbench.

Workspace of the Week: Stark and serene

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Filemakerdude’s minimalist office:

Not everyone loves minimalist workspaces, but I have found that austere decor can be quite inspiring and helpful when thinking about my office space. I love how deliberate the decision was for all of the artwork in the space, nothing was put up without great consideration. (Am I as deliberate with what I hang on my walls?) The furniture all has high function. (Is my office furniture meeting my needs?) The cable containment is exquisite. (Would reducing the cable clutter help me to better focus on my work?) The lighting helps to warm the room in a space that might otherwise feel cold. (Does the lighting improve the comfort level in my room?) The clutter-free desk provides Filemakerdude with the ability to quickly transform the computer station into a multipurpose work table. (If I got rid of some of the things on my desk — the pen cup, the inbox — would I get better functionality out of it?) Thank you, Filemakerdude, for your impressive submission to our Flickr group.

Want to have your own workspace featured in Workspace of the Week? Submit a picture to the Unclutterer flickr pool. Check it out because we have a nice little community brewing there. Also, don’t forget that workspaces aren’t just desks. If you’re a cook, it’s a kitchen; if you’re a carpenter, it’s your workbench.

Workspace of the Week: Impromptu workspace

This week’s Workspace of the Week is ImageryIsLife’s morning workspace:

Many of us use laptops as our primary computers, yet we tend to tie them to our desks and forget they’re mobile. When I saw this workspace in the Unclutterer Flickr Pool, I unplugged my machine and took to my patio, too. The crisp morning air, a stiff cup of coffee, and a change of scenery did my productivity wonders. I couldn’t see a stack of papers waiting to be filed or hear the whir of our home’s server. I just sat and wrote and took advantage of my laptop and this fall morning. If you can manage, I recommend a change of scenery today to help boost your productivity. Thank you, ImageryIsLife, for submitting your picture to our Flickr Pool and for the motivation to take advantage of impromptu workspaces.

Want to have your own workspace featured in Workspace of the Week? Submit a picture to the Unclutterer flickr pool. Check it out because we have a nice little community brewing there. Also, don’t forget that workspaces aren’t just desks. If you’re a cook, it’s a kitchen; if you’re a carpenter, it’s your workbench.

Workspace of the Week: Composing work and music

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Patrick’s all-in-one home office and DJ sound mixing setup.

The home office:

That transforms into a music mixing station:

I really appreciate how Patrick has hidden the music equipment in the pull-out drawer usually reserved for a typing keyboard. Putting the MacBook Pro up on a stand, adding a third level, greatly improves the functionality of the space. Thank you, Patrick, for your submission to our Unclutterer Flick pool. You have an impressive desk for achieving multiple purposes.

Want to have your own workspace featured in Workspace of the Week? Submit a picture to the Unclutterer flickr pool. Check it out because we have a nice little community brewing there. Also, don’t forget that workspaces aren’t just desks. If you’re a cook, it’s a kitchen; if you’re a carpenter, it’s your workbench.

Workspace of the Week: Beauty and functionality in a shared, multi-use space

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Ichirorabbit’s shared home office and music room:

There isn’t much to say about this office that the images don’t say themselves. Using furniture from Ikea, Ichirorabbit has created an amazingly well organized and highly functional shared office. I also love the creative use of the floating shelves. This office is impressive on numerous levels. Thank you, Icirorabbit, for sharing your workspace with us.

Want to have your own workspace featured in Workspace of the Week? Submit a picture to the Unclutterer flickr pool. Check it out because we have a nice little community brewing there. Also, don’t forget that workspaces aren’t just desks. If you’re a cook, it’s a kitchen; if you’re a carpenter, it’s your workbench.

Workspace of the Week: A simple workspace for a small space

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Shareboy’s tiny, home office:

If you work in an office outside your home for 40 or more hours a week, the idea of coming home and sitting in another office can be stifling. If you’re someone who strongly wants to separate work life from home life, an office in miniature might be the perfect solution for you — the way it is for Shareboy. His iPad is nicely displayed as a monitor with the Just Mobile UpStand. The keyboard is wireless (and looks to be the Apple model), which helps with reducing the number of cables on the small desk. The desk — which fits perfectly in this bedroom nook and has a drawer to hide supplies — and light are from Ikea. I also like his use of the clear-plastic chair, an Alchemia Chair by Calligaris, which doesn’t close the desk off visually from the rest of the room. I don’t know how ergonomic the chair is, but since this isn’t a desk that is used for long stretches of time, I think it’s perfect for this small space. This office is simple, serene, and stylish. Thank you, Shareboy, for sharing your workspace with us.

Want to have your own workspace featured in Workspace of the Week? Submit a picture to the Unclutterer flickr pool. Check it out because we have a nice little community brewing there. Also, don’t forget that workspaces aren’t just desks. If you’re a cook, it’s a kitchen; if you’re a carpenter, it’s your workbench.

Workspace of the Week: The advantages of an unconventional desk

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Oliver.’s art studio:

It’s difficult when you’re an artist to keep your workspace organized. As someone who spent two years of her undergraduate experience pursuing a painting degree, I can personally attest to the challenges of being neat and tidy when surrounded by so many supplies. My workspace was always a complete disaster zone, and I am in awe of artists who find a way to corral and contain all the stuff. One trick artists (and engineers and architects and anyone with a laptop) can implement to keep organized while they work is to use a standing-height, tilt-tabletop desk with storage trays attached to its sides, like Oliver. does in his studio. These desks allow you to sit in a raised chair or stand while you work, adjust the angle of your desk to best meet your ergonomic needs, as well as hold your coffee cup, phone, and whatever small supplies you need to do your job. And, when you’re done working for the day, you can unload the items and move them to their long-term storage spaces and have a clean surface ready for you the next time inspiration strikes. Thank you, Oliver., for submitting your wonderful workspace to our Unclutterer Flickr pool.

Want to have your own workspace featured in Workspace of the Week? Submit a picture to the Unclutterer flickr pool. Check it out because we have a nice little community brewing there. Also, don’t forget that workspaces aren’t just desks. If you’re a cook, it’s a kitchen; if you’re a carpenter, it’s your workbench.