Good Questions: How Can I Make This Desk Not Stick Out?

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Dear Apartment Therapy,

I recently bought a small condo (which I blame you for convincing me that smaller was cooler), and have set up my home office in the corner of my main room. Despite my efforts to remain organized, and my investment in cable ties, j-channels, and cord hiding power strips, the area seems to break the continuity of my room…

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I don’t have much more than 6″ or 8″ of space available between the couch and the desk, so I was thinking a half-height room divider would be the best device to block off my work area while still allowing the small room it’s open feel. Something full height I fear would be too intrusive and would interrupt the swirly track lighting installed above. However, I don’t know if people even sell these.

Other ideas I had would be to have a frosted glass room divider made, or find a office supply company to sell me a low heigh cubicle wall.

Any suggestions?


Dear Greg,

Small is cool, but that doesn’t mean that it comes without its challenges. Getting dual use out of your living room is one of them.

The problem with your desk is only that you can see too much of it. The placement is good and it DOES serve to separate itself from the living room and give you a nice view when working.

We would go with a half height wall that would hide all the cordage and rise about 6″ above the desk height so that stuff on your desk will also no be in view. If possible, we’d mirror the half wall on the other side of the room so that you really identify this END of the room as office. You could put file storage behind the other and it would help to square off the living area.

Anyone else??