I’m always intrigued to learn about people’s work spaces. Every time I peek into my friends’ home offices I find that I learn about a new solution for my space. There are so many good ideas out there, and creativity abounds in the area of office organization.
My desk is the Ikea Vika Amon black, 47″ table top with four red Vika Curry legs. The whole thing cost me $50. I splurged for an Ikea PS Cabinet on Casters (pictured at right) for $55 to hold most of my traditional desk supplies. I’ve lined the inside of the door with magnetic spice containers to hold paper clips, binder clips, staples, and such. My printer conveniently fits on top of the cabinet, and the whole thing rolls under my desk when it’s not in use. Next to my desk is a two-tiered filing cabinet that I recently co-opted from another part of our house. It doesn’t match the industrial look of the rest of the room, but it does the job of a filing cabinet perfectly well.
On my table top are four magazine files for project boxes, and three small paint cans for pens, scissors, and computer cables (USB, firewire, etc.). Other than my laptop, speakers, and sewing machine, there isn’t much else on my work space. I like to have room to spread out papers when I’m working, and the larger table top makes that simple. Here’s a photo of my work space (please don’t laugh at the cord mess!):
Others have recently written in to tell us about their work spaces. Reader Jack sent us a picture of his office. His desk is directly mounted to the wall, and his computers are in an adjacent closet with cables running to the monitor and keyboard through the wall. It’s elegant and cable-clutter free:
Here is another reader’s office with multiple laptops. One of the laptops is tucked under the monitor stand when not in use. You can also see a third computer cased in the bookshelf. Everything is orderly despite the presence of three computers and an XBox 360:
Finally, another reader sent in a panoramic photo of his two offices that I broke into two pictures so that there would be enough detail for you to examine. What stands out in these pictures is the efficient use of space and the peg board for cords and guitars. Plus, this is a basement office that is anything but dreary:
In the comments section, I would love to hear about/see your work space. What do you use to improve your work flow? I’m always on the lookout for great ideas!