Help Me Organize and Finish My Home Office

Help Me Organize and Finish My Home Office

Faith Durand
Oct 17, 2013

So, you've seen my master bathroom, and my kitchen. Now here's my messy, book-filled, completely storage-less home office. Want to help a girl out and suggest some ways to pull this place together? I mean, I don't even have window treatments. Want to see how I keep the sun out of my eyes while I work?

...yes, that's a collapsible light reflector that I use for photography. It also makes a very handy sunshade, propped up behind the monitor.

This room was originally the dining room, but we added an open kitchen with a big table for dining when we renovated the house. This room was designated as our library/reading room/office and I pulled our old farm table into the room to serve as a desk.

We have tons of books, so we installed BILLY bookshelves from IKEA around the room, drilling them into the wall so they stay upright. This is a temporary solution until we can afford custom built-in bookshelves, which will look much nicer. We have an easy chair for reading (although it lacks a good light for reading at night).

So, the biggest issue in this room, obviously, is that I don't have a good setup for my desk. There are cords everywhere, although they disappear somewhat on the dark wood table. Also, I have a lot of cookbooks sent to me to review and products too, so these tend to hang around in boxes.

I would love a better (i.e. hidden) solution for the printer, which is currently hanging out on a bookshelf. And I need a little more storage for small tools, photography gear, and papers. There is a small filing cabinet with our personal files and some other stuff, and the router and backup drives hang out there. (There's a big radiator under the desk so I don't want to completely block or fill that space.)

So — if this was your home office, what would you do to it?
Would you hang curtains or shades?
What would you use for storage?
The room definitely needs more light than that offered by our vintage Sputnik; any recommendations?

Any other bright ideas for me? (And yes, yes, I know I need to cull my books just a bit — it's going to happen I promise.)

(Images: Faith Durand)

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