Turn A Tiny Alcove Into A Functional Workplace

Turn A Tiny Alcove Into A Functional Workplace

Range Govindan
Aug 25, 2009

We like IKEA. There is just something about this Swedish affordable furniture that just works. Since we like IKEA, you better believe that we enjoy reading Ikeahacker, with its great hacks on using IKEA furniture in new ways. It's always inspiring to see what can be done with small budgets and keen minds.

We really loved this idea from Ikeahacker on how to create a very functional office space in a tiny alcove in your home. If you have more than one person living in your home, you'll need extra workstations. It can quickly get cramped without that foresight. The trouble is that if you have a standard-sized apartment or home, you'll have trouble finding the right spot for that extra desk. You can't just put it in the middle of the living room, now can you?

That being said, there are some quiet, unused spaces in any home. Alcoves are part of this. They are unused or sparsely used, which makes them perfect for this conversion. Joseph Rosario managed to sneak in a cozy office in a tight alcove. He only had 47" to play with, so he was limited in his choice of desks. He used the Vika Amon table top and added some storage with a Mikael drawer unit. He used some Vika adjustable legs and some Capita legs to balance things out, since the height of the drawers didn't match the height of the Vika legs. The table top partly rests on the drawer unit. Joseph uses a Fagrabo red Patrik visitor chair to complete his setup. Total cost of this office is $120.

We really like how this works. It's a small, well-used space that we would have probably used for storage or bookshelves. Instead, it has become a workstation. Are there any small spaces in your home that you could create a tiny and functional workstation in? Let us know in the comments.

[via Ikeahacker, photos by Joseph Rosario]

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