Before & After: A Blank Wall Gets Shelved

Joy and Corey loved their downtown Los Angeles loft, but its small footprint made finding storage space pretty challenging. So they figured out a way to take advantage of their 13' ceilings by going vertical.

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From Joy:

The whole project was inspired by the need to get stuff up and off the floor; with limited square footage, every inch counts. Also, I really wanted a way to consolidate all our media elements. Before the shelves, printers were floating around, the record player seemed like an afterthought, books were everywhere, and our TV looked trapped. Also, my crafting supplies were scattered all over the place and difficult to access. Now it's all right in front of me.

The shelves are from ISS Designs and were installed with the help of a contractor. The double desk is a clever Ikea hack made from butcher block countertops and hairpin legs, and finished with a homemade polish of linseed oil and beeswax (sourced from their own urban beehive).

And they're not quite done yet. Next on the agenda is a system to wrangle the visible cords and the addition of a library ladder to easily access the higher shelves (naturally they plan to DIY).

Great job, Joy and Corey!

(Images: Joy Osmanski)

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