How To Create the Perfect Corner Workstation

How To Create the Perfect Corner Workstation

Anthony Nguyen
Feb 22, 2011

We consider finding underutilized spaces for work an art here at Unplggd. Whether it's computing under the stairs or in a outdoor office, there's no better feeling out there than knowing you're making the most out of your space. Today, we'll be covering how to create the perfect corner workstation.


Don't avoid the corner, embrace it! Most people tend to believe the most ergonomic approach to a corner desk is to not face the corner itself. Not true. You can face the corner and still have room to move around - just leave a little room below, above, and behind the corner to keep extra supplies within reach.

Chop if you must: Another misconception is that a desk must fit exactly into the corner to work effectively. But unless a desk is completely constructed of particle wood, a patient DIY carpenter can cut into the desk to make it fit in eloquently while avoiding doors, vents, and other architecture hurdles that may be in the way.

It's best to avoid desks that encourage "dead corners."

Avoid bulky knockoffs: Many of the big box stores tend to offer desks that literally throw that corner away, thus wasting away your precious space with "dead space." It's best to avoid these if you can, unless you've decided it's better to face away from a corner and you have plenty of room to spare.
When in doubt, build up: Vertical shelving does wonders for small home offices. Not only does it save you from having bulky printers and papers become the eyesore when sitting down, but it opens up the work surface for more important tasks, not to mention it gives you room to breathe in an otherwise cramped space.

Have a corner workstation tip to share? Let us know in the comments!

(Image:, SEI Desk)

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