Interior Design

Shelf Desks for Home Offices

You’ve heard me talk about desks quite a few times (here, here, and here), but I still haven’t found the perfect fit yet. I definitely want to get one for the living room, but I’m thinking in our next flat if we set up a office/music studio, I’d also like to try out shelf desks (are they called ‘shelf desks’?) in the dedicated office space.

Why? Because it looks slick as all get-out. Also because it would be a great way of defining work areas with minimal intrusion on the central area of the room, which could be used for doing blog photography, yoga, band rehearsals, etc. I picture having them on two opposite sides of the room: one side dedicated to music, one to business.

In these photo examples you’ll notice that the shelf desk lends itself to conveniently-accessed shelving overhead and below. What I’m thinking is that, given that the objective of an office is to do work (imagine that!), it would be good to create a space that “feels” professional and gets you into the right mindset when you enter.

What do you think? And how do you reckon one goes about creating the desk surface– kitchen countertops?

Images via 1 and 2

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    May 9, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Hi! I discovered your blog this morning and..read it all in one go :) Very inspiring!
    As to desks… I would try IKEA for legs (they even do cupboards/chest of drawers that can be used as legs) and B&Q or other diy store for desk top – plywood! It is cheap and looks great. You can get nice thick one or use two to create even sturdier looking desktop. If you are after something sleek and shiny then again IKEA has nice desktops.
    Kitchen counter could also work but I never thought about it before:)

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      May 11, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      Thanks for the tips! Ikea is a great resource for things like that. I wonder if plywood would be thick enough– have you tried it?

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    May 13, 2014 at 10:59 am

    You can get 18mm ply in B&Q. I think that will do but you might need to add some support underneath but it depands how long the top will be.
    I made dining table and also used plywood for top on cheap IKEA cupboard. You can see this table on my Instagram @agatha_kruk . it is not finished yet as I need to find a clever way to fix the legs and trerat it with wax or oil to make it stain and water proof.. also I might add another plywood on top – glue two 18mm sheets together to get nice and thick look :)
    Good luck!

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      May 13, 2014 at 8:57 pm

      Thanks, Agatha! It’s so good to have a starting point for these projects :)

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