Your WFH Setup Shouldn’t Be Seen All The Time, and This Trick Is a Clever Way to Conceal It

published Sep 1, 2022
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If you’ve been lucky enough to work from home these last two years, you may not have quite yet figured out how to sign off completely. Mentally, you may have gotten better about switching between the to-do lists of your job and the must-dos for your life, but physically? It’s very likely that your computer is out in the open, along with all the paperwork, pens, and sticky notes that go with your title. Not great. 

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Seeing signs of work while moving around your home makes it tough to truly rest, which is why this solution from Manhattan residents Grant Griglak and Grayden Holubar is so appealing. The couple lives in a 650-square-foot apartment, so space is at a premium, and Grant does his 9-to-5 at their dining table. And yet, you wouldn’t know that by looking at pictures of their place — or if you happened to stop by after hours. That’s because they’ve concealed his work supplies behind a leaning mirror from IKEA, concealing everything like a magician’s sleight of hand. 

“A big leaning mirror is a great place to hide your WFH gear,” Grant says. “Our dining room is my work from home space, and it’s nice to not feel like I’m living in my office on the weekends, so we tuck it all away neatly behind our leaning mirror.”

That isn’t the only solution this mirror provides, by the way. Because the pair’s apartment faces north into a courtyard, their living and dining spaces get very little natural light. This big mirror bounces sun rays around effortlessly, with help from walls painted in Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace, making the areas appear brighter. 

If you live in a small apartment that also happens to be your office, consider a standing mirror as a stylish and nimble problem-solver that’ll finally give you some relief from thinking about your job. After all, sometimes the best ideas come while taking a well-deserved break.