Close Up: Adam’s Sleek Basement Office for Two

published Jul 10, 2009
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Name: Adam Selwood
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Now here’s inspiration to clean out that basement or attic and make better use of the space. Adam was kind enough to share his work-in-progress renovation, a DIY conversions of a basement once stuffed to the brim with typical “stuff” into a sleek and multi-use home office for both him and his wife. The project uses affordable solutions from IKEA, with a selection of wardrobes, lighting, and even a piece of salvaged glass all put together into a wall system that hides a wealth of home office tech behind the sliding doors…

Believe it or not, this is what Adam’s basement looked like before they cleaned it out.

Adam explains:
In preparation for the pending arrival of our first child, we decided to renovate our basement into a multipurpose living and work space. We built the office into one of four IKEA PAX wardrobes. Most of the cabling is hidden behind the wardrobe leaving the workspace nice and clean. The keyboard tray is a hacked drawer usually used to store ties or belts. I also put some spot lighting in a couple of places to lighten the space up. The final result is a functional space that is very comfortable to work in that can be easily hidden away. 

I trimmed down the two compartment rows to make the keyboard area a flat surface. There are two lights beneath the keyboard and mouse to add light and the remaining compartments are used to store stationary. The glass was salvaged from a small cupboard someone had kindly placed on their front lawn on hard rubbish day. Just a fluke it is the same tint as the Ikea glass.

A Dell 24″ LCD sits within, and there’s space for a 30″, but funds are a little low at the moment. Multifunction printer connected to the USB hub; a USB hub connects pretty much everything in the space allowing a laptop to be hooked up with a single connection, with power connections hidden up top.

Thanks Adam for sharing your project and photos!