How to Display Magazines in the Home Office

How to Display Magazines in the Home Office

Mike Tyson
Jul 1, 2011

Distractions. Who needs them? We do! And magazines are one of our favorite forms of passing the time as we work away at our desk. It's a nice change of pace to get your head out of the screen and into a printed page. And not only are they a quick, easy read that you can pick up and put down much more easily than a book, they often look very nice and can add a touch of class to your desk. After the jump we'll explore some ways in which you can arrange or display the magazines at your desk for optimum style.

The first approach to displaying your magazines is if you have a subscription and own a large collection of a single publication. We love the collage of color that Wired magazine is known for when their issues are aligned in a row (and we can venture a guess that many of our readers are also Wired fans.) But whether you stack these on an open shelf horizontally or perhaps vertically coming right up from the floor, this always seems to make a bold statement.

A second approach might be slightly clinical for everyone but we kinda love its professionalism. Many of these floor to ceiling modular storage units come with a slanted panel option which is ideal for placing magazines or books on top. This allows you to alternate some favorites out so they're easily accessible for both you and a guest to pick up. IKEA's Stolmen series is a cheap option while a more expensive, yet well built example is Dieter Rams's 606 Shelving Unit.

We also can't go without mentioning the effortless stylings of a few magazines simply laid askew somewhere along the desk. If you have a large enough desk space (and room style) to support it, this care-free look/attitude could help make your office feel less stuffy and more inviting. When things are a bit messy it helps people relax and not worry so much about whether everything is exactly in order or not. Loosen up and let the magazines fall where they may!

Wall shelving which runs along the back wall of an office is a popular look for good reason. It is an efficient way to store a lot of objects because it's not taking up precious floor space. In fact, it is a very good usage of space because your desk is already underneath it. We've seen people stack magazines vertically (as in this example image) but also in the simple canvas magazine butlers like these at West Elm.

If you're not so interested in the entire magazine, maybe you can rip the pages out that inspire you and hang them on the wall. Arranging a "mood board" can be a good way to help synthesis your ideas for the stylistic direction of a room and is an extremely cheap way to make a bold statement in your office.

And finally, one approach is certainly to just get rid of your magazines all together! Publishers are beginning to push excellent magazines to the iPad and tailoring their content especially for the device like Wired or the first ever magazine created exclusively for the iPad, The Daily. Exchanging your magazine collection for the digital version is a great way to save space if you find yourself quickly running out of room. Having recently moved, we can attest that it was a beautiful thing not having to lug our magazine collection up and down several floors of stairs anymore. Not sure what to get? You're in luck. We wrote a post with some suggested publications to check out for your iPad.

(1st image: Frankie magazine, 2nd image: Flickr member: Travelin' Librarian, 3rd image: Flickr member: DAXKO, 4th image: Flickr member: Anthony Baker, 5th image: Flickr member: ohmeaghan, 6th image: Flickr member: Anthony Baker, 7th image: movito all licensed for use under Creative Commons)

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