One of favorite things about setting up a new home office (or simply redecorating one) is the opportunity to plan a whole new layout. It was this very opportunity that led student, Vangelis, to a few different modifications to his IKEA bedroom, which also happens to double as his home office.
Vangelis' setup is quite simple, but effective of maximizing utility in a smaller space. When the IKEA Vika Amon
table didn't fit in the place he considered using it in, he decided to cut it down to size. He doesn't regret doing so, as his workstation now fits flush with the corner he wanted.
He was also considering how to fit his desktop. After seeing a few desks with shelves ontop, he decided to use a pair of IKEA Ribba photo frames and a Lack shelf to get a similar effect. The shelf sits in the sweet spot, allowing him to stash his Apple Bluetooth keyboard and Magic Trackpad when he needs the desk space for other tasks, like homework. The overall effect is that of a monitor stand; there's even enough space for his iPad. His Genius speakers are also on the monitor stand, with some lighting hidden behind his iMac.
At the foot of his bed, he placed an IKEA Expedit to serve as a multimedia area for his Hackintosh, printer, video games, and wall-mounted HDTV. He uses baskets as storage, while the height of shelving aids in hiding cords and cables from view, which gives the whole room a tidy feel. The tasteful decoration, the wall-mounted shelves, matching the rest of the furniture, all worth together give Vangelis' room a cohesive, yet cozy, feeling as both bedroom and work area.
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(Images with permission: Flickr member Vangelis Lasithiotakis)