Working from home has—to some people’s chagrin, other people’s excitement—become a new normal in America. Regardless of which camp you belong to, working from home means that you need an awesome home office space to work from. Many of us posted our flags on the dining room table for a while, at least until we realized that this work-from-home thing was here to stay. It’s time to embrace the new normal: WFH is here to stay, homies!
Now that WFH is ingrained into many of our lives, we’re starting to realize the benefits of a cozy, functional, radical home office with shelving for storage. If you’re looking for ideas on how to set up your home office and its shelving, we’ve got some easy-to-implement (& RAD!) ideas for you.
Before You Start Designing…
Remember: your WFH space is the place where you will be spending the lion’s share of your waking hours during the workweek. This is not the time to be skimping on materials, homies!
Your office space needs to be both visually pleasing and durable. When you use low-quality shelving, you set yourself up for bowing and sagging shelves. And while saggy shelves can be remediated… why go through all that horrifying trouble when you can skip the heartache entirely?
Our friendly neighborhood Shelfologists recommend that you get right in with the good stuff. Seriously, there’s a good reason why high-quality stuff has a higher price tag. We set you up with materials that will spew success and durability for years to come.
Now that that’s out of the way, on to the fun, juicy stuff:
5 Home Office Shelving & Decór Ideas:
1. Give Your Nook the “Look”
If you’ve been confined to a corner of the house since the pandemic started, give it a makeover! Pull everything out of that space, create an accent wall with some shiplap or pine slats, and slap up some succulent wood floating shelves and a floating desk! Make sure you get plenty of shelves to hold up all of your work supplies.
2. Hide Stuff: Bins, Boxes, & Cable Management
We get it, office supplies aren’t always pretty, and they come in the most outrageous boxes and wrapping. However, you don’t have to store these somewhere far away or out for everyone to see. Find some foldable bins or minimalist storage boxes to stow away all of your extra pens, tape, staples, printer paper, paperclips, and other bits and bobs. Also, there are some really cool accessories out there for concealing cables and charging accessories. I am personally in LOVE with my UGREEN 3-in-1 MagSafe Wireless Charging Station: I can charge my iPhone, AirPods, and Apple Watch… with ONE cable. I have achieved desktop-charging nirvana. You can too!
3. Go the L-Shaped Route
If you have the space for it, an L-shaped workspace is a great way to maximize your workspace and storage. L-shaped desks will allow you to get more surface area and shelving above your desk, well within arm’s reach. Floating shelves in an L-shape above your desk are a great way to keep the space balanced and efficient.
4. The “Modular” Home Office
If you want flexibility in your home office, modular shelving units are the way to go. With these, you can place your shelves wherever they fit nicely—and experiment with different setups. Modular shelving can even go directly behind your desk (some shelving kits even provide a modular desktop that can be height adjusted perfectly to you).
5. No Office? No Problem!
We’ve seen many closet conversions for spur-of-the-moment offices. We imagine that during the height of the pandemic, a difficult housing market made people wary of looking for that house with an extra bedroom for an office! Surprisingly, a big enough closet can actually work quite well as a small office nook! Plus, custom shelving and an exterior track barn door can really tie the small space together!
I hope these ideas sparked your inner knack for creativity and design. How have you set your office up for maximum efficiency? If not, what are you waiting for?!