Office Reveal: Before and After
November 9, 2010 § 5 Comments
The master suite in our house is a large space. We, however, only use our bedroom for sleeping in (and storing our clothes), so we picked one of the extra bedrooms for ourselves and turned the master into a guest / tv / sewing room / office.
Here’s the space when we bought the house:
After moving in, I separated the two halves – my office / sewing space and the guest / tv room – with a ‘wall’ made of low bookcases. For a while now I’ve been unhappy with the arrangement, though. Too much space was dedicated to an occasional activity (tv) while my office-y activities and sewing didn’t quite have enough.
My office half of the room is visible in the ‘during’ post. Of course it wasn’t usually full of books, clothing, and other projects. Well, not that full. Well, not that often. Ahem. 😉
I arrived at the new arrangement by playing with my pieces of paper:
Moving the book cases along the lowest wall helped a lot. Flipping the two sides proved even better. Now I have plenty of floor space and light in the western half of the room for sewing projects:
The corner with the linen closet by the bathroom door was always a problem for me. As a stopgap measure, I hung two mirrors. Later I pushed Mr. E’s great-grandmother’s rocking chair into it, but it made accessing supplies difficult. In its current incarnation, the corner acts as a landing zone for items that didn’t find a natural home elsewhere (the little table). Plus, it’s the perfect location for me to do ironing in. No more blocking my desk with the ironing board!
If I replaced the mirrors with art, it would look even nicer, but let’s not be too picky at this stage.
For comparison, here are before and afters:
And the weirdest thing I did for this makeover? I weighed magazines to make sure my Ikea Smådal shelves could carry the weight of three loaded magazine holders.
It feels so good to have this done. I do have some odds and ends to take care of, and I should also reorganize the closets. Those I leave for another day, though. Today I’m enjoying my new office.