Before & After: Sad Office for One Becomes Happy Workspace for Two

Before & After: Sad Office for One Becomes Happy Workspace for Two

Chris Perez
Feb 13, 2012

Most of us would jump at the chance to work from home and such was the case for my wife and I — two engineers with a cat for comic relief. To work efficiently however, our sad put-it-all-in-the-corner computer space was going to need a major upgrade. See how we converted this room into a home office outfitted with all the space and functionality necessary to get things done.

When we woke up in the morning and walked down the hallway to our office we wanted the space to be happy and encouraging. The color yellow, of smiley-face fame, became the inspiration our home office remodel revolved around. Yellow didn't exactly jive with the mud green colored walls our space had before so we brightened things up with some white. Grays and blacks entered into the mix in the form of desktops and electronics to ground the space and tie it all together.

The critical feature in the makeover was the IKEA Vika Veine desk that folds up to reveal my wife's workspace and also serves as a bit of privacy wall between us. Good work deserves good chairs and back support, so we splurged on some Herman Miller pieces that had just the right mix of modern simplicity and functional engineering. The space is so inviting and warm now that even our cat can't resist making the corner of the desk her own personal sun bathing spot.

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(Images: Chris Perez)

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