Having the luxury to position your desk in a room where it doesn't have to be pushed against the wall is quite a treat! I was recently inspired to do so when re-arranging our home office so both my husband and I could work there without overlapping too much. Read on for the lessons of our home improvement project...
...Our space was mostly blank and not well used, so I moved his work area across the room and flipped the couch to a space that was previously unused. I pulled my desk away from the wall to open the room's main light source.
5 Tips for a Room-Centered Desk:
- Cord Load: Consider just how many cords you need to make your desk function. I had about a dozen—which was the main reason I'd never room-centered my desk before—but after organizing a bit differently and investing in a cordless printer, I'll have only three: A power supply that leads to the computer, one for the external hard drive back-up and another for our NeatDesk scanner. Which cords do you need? Maybe think about a cable organizer that collects your cords and mounts to the underside of your desk?
- Lighting: If you're moving your workspace into the center of the room, you'll likely want to consider using overhead lighting for your primary source of light. We already had a light installed where I needed it—we rarely turned it on before—but it was there, ready and waiting. I simply changed out the bulbs and now it's perfect for the cozy space. Using overhead lighting will reduce your cord load, as well!
- Adjacent Storage: If you position your desk away from the wall, you'll be more inclined than ever to keep it neat. The last thing you'll want is a messy desk in the center of the room! So, to help, think about the storage in the space. Having a nearby book case or credenza will give you the extra storage to help you stay clutter-free.
- Supplies: Does your desk have drawer storage for your pens, paperclips and other needed items? If so, you're in luck, and if not, you'll need to get creative! Think about creating a supply station where everything from envelopes to highlighters can be kept. Since I wanted both my husband and I to have access to our supplies, I aimed to organize like a communal office space would, where supplies are easily accessed by everyone. I purchased this old mail slot cabinet from Old Crow Farm and have since successfully turned it into our supply station.
- Inbox: Just like any well-organized desk, you'll need a designated Inbox for bills and other follow-up items. In order to keep your desk paper-free, create an Inbox where you can contain those pieces of potential clutter.